What happens when you forget to wear your body armor while on guard duty? Well, one young soldier found out, and safe to say he likely won’t ever forget again.
The British Army has a way of ensuring mistakes only happen once, and surely this soldier won’t be making a mistake anytime soon. Check out what the trainee was subject to in the video below:
“This is going to be the one and only f****** time this happens, isn’t it?” shouts the man behind the camera. In front of him, a young soldier can be seen crawling on his hands and knees through the mud.
“Yes, corporal,” the cadet responds, obviously out of breath.
“Get up, start running!” the corporal shouts. The soldier has to jump to his feet and start sprinting.
Then, when the corporal shouts, “Grenade!” the trainee once again has to drop down to the mud and continue to crawl.
“Why do we wear body armor on stag?” the man shouts at the soldier as he wades through a puddle. “Why weren’t you wearing yours?” The video cuts off with the trainee crawling through the water, but the short clip is certainly enough to get the idea.
In the British army, being on “stag” is a term for being on guard duty. Often times, trainees are woken up at the wee hours of the morning with three simple words: “You’re on stag!” They are then expected to remain on guard duty for a set amount of hours.
Of course, the trainees are required to be in full uniform while on watch, and for whatever reason, the individual in the video decided his body armor was not important. While it is a tough lesson to learn, that’s all part of the training. And in the military, it’s probably best that this soldier learned the easy way – in the comfort of a closed training space – rather than on the battle field that body armor is absolutely essentially, no matter what the task.