Dunno why this popped into my head this morning…
Back in March of ‘87, my unit deployed from Hawaii to South Korea for Team Spirit 87, a massive exercise of US and South Korean troops to show resolve in the face of any North Korean aggression. It was functionally the equivalent of REFORGER in Europe.
Anyway, we shipped what few vehicles we had via Air Force transport planes, but us grunts flew over on a charter flight 747 operated by Tower Air. It is a long flight to Korea from Hawaii (with a refueling stop in Japan) and so I took advantage of a pillow and blanket provided by the airline to snooze as much as I could on the trip over.
I liked that pillow and blanket so much, I stuffed ‘em in my carry-on when we left (I think the statute of limitations has expired).
Lemme tell you, that pillow was just about the best piece of gear I took with me on that trip. Small enough to fit nicely in my already overcrowded rucksack, it make sleeping on the ground far more tolerable than otherwise.
You gotta train hard, but you don’t have to practice being miserable.