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If it Ain't Rainin'... by tanikel If it Ain't Rainin'... by tanikel
140325-A-VB845-045

U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Franco, a combat documentation/production specialist assigned to 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera), and his team work together to cross an obstacle in the Leader Reaction Course (LRC) at Fort A.P. Hill, Va., March 25, 2014.  The LRC was designed to challenge Soldiers' problem-solving skills and encourage service members to work as a team.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kristina Truluck/Released)


...it ain't trainin'.  A WEEK of snow and slush and mud.  Those of you who have been in for a minute
know the joys of trying to conquer an o-course in the suck.  The LRC was designed to kick your ass. 
But you can't not have fun on the LRC.  You're either laughing at yourself or others while trying
to come up with creative ways of crossing 'moats' using poles or using your teammates as human ropes. 
And if you're the photographer...you're monkeying your way up the obstacles right alongside them to
take a better photo.


My military imagery is available for public domain. As the photographer, I don't have control over
how you may use it, but I ask that it be done with respect to the individuals represented here.
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:iconghost66666:
Ghost66666 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Haha probably a tie between this and the confidence course for my favorite training, shooting ranges excluded of course.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner May 17, 2014   Photographer
Agreed!  I love doing the reflexive firing ranges.  I'm oddly more accurate when shooting and moving. 
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:iconghost66666:
Ghost66666 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Haha wish I was that lucky. M9 maybe but definitely not with an M4
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner May 26, 2014   Photographer
Try it out sometime! 
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Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol
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:iconcrimsonfalke:
CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seesaw to victory
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:iconshadow-guardian0:
Shadow-Guardian0 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Student General Artist
^
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:iconsouthernwriter2:
SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nice shot.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Photographer
Thank you. 
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:icongigi50:
gigi50 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great capture :clap:
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:iconshadowyj:
ShadowYJ Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Artist
that looks really fun. i tried LRC for NJROTC but it probably wasn't as fun as the real thing.
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:icongeoenerg:
geoenerg Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
cool.
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:iconmethowwolf:
methowwolf Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whee!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Photographer
:la:
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:iconstangil:
Stangil Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the Navy our obstacle course was getting back to the ship while intoxicated. :)
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Photographer
That sounds like a fun challenge.  :lmao:
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:icondctimberstone:
DCTimberstone Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
We ain't training.  Lean forward and excel.
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:iconkz2101:
kz2101 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Writer
Did they finally invent the see-saw-swing?!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014   Photographer
Yes!  It's a good thing that we had to wear helmets.  Soldiers weren't issued any grace.  ;p
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:iconkaizyaku:
KaiZyaku Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 I'm walk'n on sunshine, whoa!  I'm walk'n on sunshine, whoa! :sing:
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:iconsgtsareth:
SgtSareth Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Embrace the suck!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
All day, every day!
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:iconsgtsareth:
SgtSareth Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
Hooah!
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:icondocmallard:
DocMallard Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
"It doesn't rain on the army. It rains IN the army!.." -SFC Wesley Fitzgerald!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
That's the truth!
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:iconpells-art:
Pells-art Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
I've got to admit my first impression was that they where playing on a seesaw...
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
They may as well have been with how often they kept dropping the boards. 
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:iconvictreebong:
Victreebong Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
My first impression was that his nickname was Major Wood.

* ba-dum-dum!
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:iconsayb3r:
SAYB3R Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too...
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That looks fun.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
It was incredibly fun!
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:iconsungodservant:
SunGodServant Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
...and if it's snowin', I ain't gowin'.
Boy that picture brings back memories, just without the ACUs. No shit, there I was with 4 of my squad mates hanging upside down and a fifth trying to use their bodies to carry a couple of boxes of "ammo" across. When all of a sudden the NCOIC jumps over to our lane and tells me that whichever of my people touched the pit first would get dropped for 50. So I conquered the lane by immediately diving into the pit first. I got a go and my squad got a break. They would have carried me over their heads if they weren't smoked from the lane and for joining me in my last 25.

And look at that Air Farce guy wishing for mud between the boots.
Oh if you only knew.
We wish for your cushy beds, steak dinners, and down comforters.
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:iconghost66666:
Ghost66666 Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hooah to that
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Haha, that's awesome!  Good looking out for your team.  :lmao:
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Then it must be time to play in the snow.

I love obstacle courses.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
We had to deal with that nasiness all week.  It's nothing like what you guys had to deal with in AK, but there's something maddening about crawling though ice and mud. 
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The coldest weather in the world is right about freezing and wet.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014   Photographer
Too true.  Trying to thaw out from something like that always took ages. 
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Huzzah!
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
This team was hilarious - two LTs and two lower enlisted.  One of them, my old LT, kept trying to trip me every time I passed him.  :shakefish:
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
;p  How friendly.  :lmao:
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:iconshadowed-darkninja:
Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice shot!
And haha, sounds like fun xD
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
It was.  =D
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Shadowed-DarkNinja Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nice! xD
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:iconwolfos96:
wolfos96 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Man, this makes me wish we had O-courses outside of basic in the Air Force.
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:icontanikel:
tanikel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   Photographer
That's only because the Air Force doesn't know what real fun is.  ;p
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wolfos96 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yep. All we do is work all day (except the Nonners, they get their comfy offices). I'd love to get away from the jet for a bit to go climb walls and do command lines.
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