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I'm unsure as to how many of us completed the three weeks of training at the U.S. Army's Jungle Operations Training Center/J.O.T.C..

For those of us who did... I was going through my scrapbook and came upon a military "joke" they once had posted at the J.O.T.C which went something like this:


Anaconda Attacks
It tells what to do in case you are attacked by an anaconda. This is how it went (sorta);
1. If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.

2. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another

3. Tuck your chin in.

4. The snake will come and begin to nudge and climb over your body.

5. Do not panic

6. After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet and - always from the end. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles. Do not panic

7. The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time.

8. When the snake has reached your knees slowly and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the side of the snake's mouth between the edge of its mouth and your leg, then suddenly rip upwards, severing the snake's head.

9. Be sure you have your knife.

10. Be sure your knife is sharp.










As to J.O.T.C. itself... I believe it was shutdown circa 2000 as part of the U.S. Army's base closures (a result of budget cuts). Here's a decent website about Fort Sherman and J.O.T.C.'s history and layout:
http://czimages.com/CZMemories/VAP/Sherman/fort_sherman_index.htm

I miss the good 'ole days.
 
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Ya, in finding my old JOTC stuff from 1987, I immediately went to the internet to see what has happened to Fort Sherman since its closure. Well, I found out it has been pretty much ransacked (by the indigenous) and left to be absorbed by the jungle. The exception to this being its marina area which is still in use by boaters and the local government.

Good times back then in the U.S. Army... travel the world we did... and great experiences we had.
 
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