Being a grump/reminiscing/old man watching TV.
I was flipping though channels and caught the end of movie Platoon and was thrilled to see a man using proper radio voice procedure(as I know it). I sometimes think that people should have to take a NATO radio voice procedure course before being allowed to own a cellular phone….perhaps that’s for another blog post….anyway….Every time someone says “Repeat” over a radio in a movie my blood runs cold. When we didn’t catch something that was said and needed to hear it again we’d say, “say again.” The word repeat meant something very specific: When calling in artillery we wanted another barrage at the last coordinates given. The biggest lesson on day one with radios was not to use the R word outside of this situation.
WTF moments: This movie is set during The Vietnam Conflict but they’re using the same radios I used in the 90’s….I also knew a Sgt. Barnes but he wasn’t such a dickhead.