If I’m right, I know what you’re talking about. The reveal was quite a bit later.
After everyone settled in, all rank slides were gathered up just before the WOs fired up the BBQ or whatever it was adding to the fear.
I know several for definite that you might believe fit into that category but are definitely true. Others… Yeah, you’re right. There are plenty I was involved in that remain within certain circles and others I’m not willing to share publicly.
As for fools errands, the classics still work:
- long weight
- elbow grease
- left handed whatever
- tartan paint
- Cyalume batteries
- trouser flares
(bonus points for having elbow grease, tartan paint, camo paint stashed away to prove it exists)
My favourite was always “run to that tree… I didn’t say come back”
Pranks… Just some lame ones from me:
IR Cyalumes on nitex, insect repellant Cyalumes on the bivvy of the squeamish (if it works it’s not stupid), missing weapons, beds moved, etc…
Green staff member was tasked with collecting radios once, came back with 10, “where’s the other one? There should be 11”.