The threat of chemical warfare has diminished somewhat in recent years, but it never going away.All soldiers receive training on defense against chemical agents. Certain soldiers, primarily in the Chemical Corps, receive training that involves exposing them to live nerve agents.
After that test we moved back to our assigned spots and activated a different testing tool that checks for vapor from the nerve agent. We did this whole procedure twice and then moved on to testing the agent on a personal (dummy) weapon.The cleansing of George.
In my buddy team, I was testing first and my buddy was holding the weapon. I had completed the test and was in the process of decontaminating the weapon when my buddy, George (not his real name), makes the unmistakable sound of someone about to throw up. The instructor was right next to us and he asked if he needed to throw up. George said yes and made the sound again. At this point the instructor told him to go ahead and throw up in his mask. (it flows out of a one way valve at the bottom of the mask) Of course, George did it, twice! The instructor was immediately on the phone calling for evacuation of George. We then looked down at the floor and saw it, bright RED. We talked later and realized we were both thinking the same thing, “Oh no, he’s throwing up blood, this is really bad.” Then almost as quick we both remembered that they had given us red Kool-Aid to drink prior to entering the chamber. WHEW!!!
Thankfully, I never “enjoyed” this aspect of training.