- The “tie-down game”, have a guy that’s bad at loosing stuff? His hat gets tied down to his uniform top, his uniform top to his t-shirt…..ect….ect. Bottom line, all his stuff is tied down to his belt, makes moving through the woods a nightmare and any menial task 10x more difficult. If it’s a group that lost something, they get tied together in addition to all this.
- The “Evolution of Man” , have a guy that is bad at leaving his weapon laying around? Take is gun from him and have him build primitive weapons until he makes a functioning bow and arrow to earn his gun back.
- Lastly the flavor flav, have a guy that’s late a lot? Give him a giant wall clock and wear it around his neck at all times.
I may or may not have done a few of these, on both sides of the equation.
My personal favorite was from my time in Hawaii, where we Koalafied. Screw up out in the field? While wearing helmet, load bearing equipment, and carrying a rifle, find a nice tree, and grab onto it like a koala. Of course, you usually had to do it upside down (just because it’s a good deal more uncomfortable that way). Trying to slowly shimmy your way up and down the tree was fun.
Technically, none of these are punishments. “Punishment” is only handed down after either Non-Judicial Punishment or a Court Martial.
Instead, these are examples of “on the spot corrections” or “Extra Military Instruction” or “corrective training.”
Most of the time, if the recipient has half a brain, it’s embraced with a spirit of wry humor. But there’s always that one guy either with a chip on his shoulder, or who is just fundamentally unsuited for the military lifestyle. And screw-ups beget screwups. NCOs have to be careful that they’re reinforcing good behavior, and not drifting into hazing.
What’s the funniest way you’ve been corrected?