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Posted: 9/12/2004 2:04:22 PM EST
When I went to basic I was scared shitless but it had the opposite effect I could shit for a full 7 days.
I honestly thought I had some serious problem, I guess it was just stress.

Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:07:03 PM EST
When I was out in the field eating MREs, I'd get pretty backed up.



Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:10:52 PM EST
About 10 days when I got to Boot Camp. I don't even remember feeling the need to take a shit during the first 2 weeks.

On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:12:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By joker581:
On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.




I heard they put saltpeter in your food.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:15:32 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By joker581:
On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.




I heard they put saltpeter in your food.



I heard it was in the eggs, but the drills ate the same chow as us...

I think it has more to do with living W/50 guys and having some guys yelling at you all day.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:17:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 2:18:48 PM EST by Steve_T_M]
I think they actually put an ingredient in MRE's so you don't need to defecate as often in the field. When you do it's usually in a managable form. Pretty ingenious stuff.

To answer the question: I think 1 & 1/2 weeks.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:22:52 PM EST
No way. What is this chemical?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:27:06 PM EST
Salt peter, its a natural mineral used to make black powder, when injested it makes Mr Downstairs not report for duty.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:29:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Salt peter, its a natural mineral used to make black powder, when injested it makes Mr Downstairs not report for duty.

Kharn



And it isn't true

Snopes
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:29:37 PM EST
I heard it was saltpeter as well. Boot camp food and MRE's stops me up, but it doesn't hurt.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:29:41 PM EST
Thats called woodsshit mode. First off your expending lots of energy and second the body goes in to soft turd mode because you have to squatt and drop.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:31:48 PM EST
I went on a 50 mile hike in boyscouts. we left on a saturday afternoon and i didn't have to take a shit until friday right before we got back to the trailhead. when i finally did go it was huge.
felt like i was giving birth
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:32:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By guardian855:

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Salt peter, its a natural mineral used to make black powder, when injested it makes Mr Downstairs not report for duty.

Kharn



And it isn't true

Snopes




I heard snopes was a disinformation site fabricated to keep you from believing the truth.

Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:33:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:



I heard snopes was a disinformation site fabricated to keep you from believing the truth.




That's evil genius!
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:34:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By joker581:
On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.




I heard they put saltpeter in your food.

I don't think that was it. I ate a huge breakfast there right before we graduated, and it was back in action within 3 hours. I don't remember ever having enough time to think about sex.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:35:14 PM EST
About 2 weeks or so. The first 2 weeks of boot camp was interesting.I can still remember it even though it was almost 20 years ago.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:40:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:
I heard snopes was a disinformation site fabricated to keep you from believing the truth.


So start a Counter-site and call it 'Yups'.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:43:13 PM EST
After the 1st week in the reception center it finally came over me that I had to go. Thing was though the only toilet paper I could find was the brown paper bag that the PX gave us to hold our required purchases that we were ordered to buy with the $25.00 advance pay. I don't know why I had held onto that bag but was sure glad I had. On that other topic about salt peter I do recall getting a surprising reaction from riding in the back of a deuce and a half along with a strong need for a piss. I sometimes miss being 18.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 2:48:50 PM EST
6 days at the start of Boot, but that was because we were too damned busy and dehydrated. Wasn't until I learned to get up in the middle of the night that I was able to take a leisurely dump.
8 days in the field at the Stumps. Again, wonders of dehydration and MREs.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 3:45:06 PM EST
I think I went about 5 days without taking a dump in basic. After that, I couldn't NOT go a morning without taking one... wtf.
I guess it was eating healthier food and on a regular schedule, but every morning after breakfast i'd run upstairs and go straight to the shitter, where there was a line of joes waiting to do the same.
does that count?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:09:16 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 5:17:59 PM EST by redleg13a]
MRE's stop me up for a few days, but after that, I have to take a dump about the same time every day. It's not a "can" take a dump, it's a must.

Reminds me of a saying written on the wall of a red roof inn at Philmont: "Here I sit, cheeks a flexin', givin birth to another Texan."

No offense to ya'll from Texas. But I am from north of the Red River.

Edit: I can't believe I wasted my 500th post on this. Oh well. Guess I'll have to buy a membership now. Where's my checkbook.....
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:18:19 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 5:19:31 PM EST by R-32]
12 days at Ft Irwin...


I even had to force myself when we got back....


But when I got the deed done, I think there was a whole new chain of hawiian islands!
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:20:35 PM EST

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By joker581:
On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.




I heard they put saltpeter in your food.



i was a Drill Sergeant. it is not true, or I wouldn't have eaten it!
The stress does it (or causes it to doesn't do, as it were) the stress also fucks with the female menstrual cycle.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:23:49 PM EST
It was only about 3 days for me. But i wasnt able to sleep normally for about 7 days. I would wake up every 2 hours or so thinking it was time for PT but everyone else was still crashed out so i went back to bed.

The first night there was kind of fun there was one guy who cried the whole night. Another kept saying " Oh shit Oh shit Oh shit" over and over for about 4 hours. I got maybe 30 minutes of sleep that night.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:24:39 PM EST
And here I thought I was the only one....
My first two weeks at MCRD in San Diego - nothing, nada, zilch.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:25:36 PM EST
7 days for me at PI...I also didn't get a hard on and I stopped biting my nails...
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:26:45 PM EST
I have heard that MREs contain binders.

Can anyone confirm this?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:28:05 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kharn:
Salt peter, its a natural mineral used to make black powder, when injested it makes Mr Downstairs not report for duty.

Kharn



Bitter/Dark Chocolate will do the same thing (but the new MRSs don't do that anymore - just the older ones)
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:29:23 PM EST

Originally Posted By Kooter:
I went on a 50 mile hike in boyscouts. we left on a saturday afternoon and i didn't have to take a shit until friday right before we got back to the trailhead. when i finally did go it was huge.
felt like i was giving birth


Since you thought it was giving like birth - who did you blame/curse out?
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:32:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:34:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 5:36:54 PM EST by llanero]

Originally Posted By Agcsy:

The first night there was kind of fun there was one guy who cried the whole night. Another kept saying " Oh shit Oh shit Oh shit" over and over for about 4 hours. I got maybe 30 minutes of sleep that night.



Last night I heard a fellow Officer Candidate attempt break down a 5 paragraph OPORDER to some bogeyman TAC officer in his sleep. It was cracking me up LOL!



On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island


No problem with that at Ft. Jackson; one of my drill sergeants advised us to take care of business once in awhile. "That's what fire guard is for, privates", was his exact wording.


But back to the subject at hand, I didn't have a bowel movement the entire time I spent at the reception battalion. I really didn't get regular until White Phase.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:39:50 PM EST

Originally Posted By TimJ:

Originally Posted By Red_Beard:

Originally Posted By joker581:
On an semi-related note, I didn't get a hard-on during the entire 13 weeks on Parris Island.




I heard they put saltpeter in your food.



i was a Drill Sergeant. it is not true, or I wouldn't have eaten it!


Yah, but you werent in the USMC. The army is much more civil.

I cannot believe how many of you guys count the number of days you dont crap.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:43:47 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 5:51:31 PM EST
I was in one of those starships for awhile... strange building no matter how much you clean it, its never clean enough.

I had gas so bad when I first got there that for the rest of basic if anyone ripped one everyone pointed to me.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 7:20:09 PM EST
3 to 4 weeks!
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 7:26:19 PM EST

Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:

I remember the fire alarms kept malfunctioning in basic and made sleep near impossible for a week.




Yeah, they 'malfunctioned' alright....


I dunno, but i didn't get a hard on for about 7 weeks. Then I had a dream I was fucking one of the DiFac serving ladies (5'1", 250), woke up with a boner, and damn near shot myself.
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 7:29:21 PM EST
a bunch of rampant homophobes around here and you're surprised you didn't get aroused? What do you think the reaction would be if you proudly proclaimed you got a woody every time your squad hit the showers???
Link Posted: 9/12/2004 7:34:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/12/2004 7:37:59 PM EST by ARMALITE-FAN]
Got you all beat! 45+ days.Dont know the exact time.Had a TPN line in nothing to drink or eat.Man that really sucked.

Just seen the first part in boot .Matter of fact thats what kept me out.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 4:44:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By llanero:

No problem with that at Ft. Jackson; one of my drill sergeants advised us to take care of business once in awhile. "That's what fire guard is for, privates", was his exact wording.

.



awe relaxin jackson, you probably got free porn too!
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 6:21:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:

"That's what fire guard is for, privates", was his exact wording.


I always thought fire guard was in case somebody decided to split in the middle of the night someone would notice he was gone before morning.

Like you could burn those damn 'starship' barracks at Jackson, they were all brick and mortar. Unless you were one of the unlucky pukes in the old wooden firetrap shit up near tank hill.

I remember the fire alarms kept malfunctioning in basic and made sleep near impossible for a week.





OMG!! I wasted 47 days AFTER BCT in those shittraps, Golf Co 1-28. Security hold over. Details all day, trashpickup and private business work... i hope they burn down. haunted too.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 6:24:17 PM EST
About a week and a half, cause MRE cheese is the best binder known to man.

Long enough to turn my blue eyes brown!
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 6:26:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By Agcsy:
It was only about 3 days for me. But i wasnt able to sleep normally for about 7 days. I would wake up every 2 hours or so thinking it was time for PT but everyone else was still crashed out so i went back to bed.



No shit man!
I used to wake up about every 2 hours CONVINCED I was late for formation and late for pt. I'd almost jump out of bed untill I looked around and saw everyone still crashed out, so I'd go back to sleep.

Funny thing was, I felt totally refreshed after I woke up early, feeling like I'd slept 8 hours instead of 2-4.
Wish I slept that lightly now, I sleep like the dead now that i'm in division. Hell I don't even hear the alarm clock much anymore.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 6:36:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:05:44 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2004 7:08:12 PM EST by junebug68]
It seemed like it was probably the better part of a week before I took a shit when I got to Parris Island! I don't think they ever put saltpeter in the food. It took awhile , but I woke up with wood sometimes... it was from having to piss all the time. They made us drink so much water, it seemed like I always had to piss. How many of you guys caught some knucklehead jacking off while you were on firewatch? HAHAHA!
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:10:53 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:32:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2004 7:33:38 PM EST by SF1058]
Then there was that week at MCRD (Hollywood) where we ran out of sh*tpaper and had to use newspaper instead. I'm sure our DI's thought that was a good character building exercise.
Link Posted: 9/13/2004 7:52:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/13/2004 7:53:40 PM EST by revrat]

Originally Posted By innocent_bystander:
I have heard that MREs contain binders.

Can anyone confirm this?



I can confirm this. In fact, I have isolated exactly what the binding agents were, at least circa 1992.

There were two agents used in the MREs. The first and most effective was the peanut butter spread. The second, and almost as effective agent was the cheese spread.

If you got that stuff in your brown bag, you would be better off just bending over and spackling your asshole shut with that stuff. That way you would get the intended effect without the horrible taste.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:22:44 AM EST

Originally Posted By HABU:I cannot believe how many of you guys count the number of days you dont crap.


No Shit !!!


Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:28:00 AM EST

If you got that stuff in your brown bag, you would be better off just bending over and spackling your asshole shut with that stuff. That way you would get the intended effect without the horrible taste.


I absolutely love the taste of MRE's. Am I crazy?
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:39:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By revrat:

Originally Posted By innocent_bystander:
I have heard that MREs contain binders.

Can anyone confirm this?



I can confirm this. In fact, I have isolated exactly what the binding agents were, at least circa 1992.

There were two agents used in the MREs. The first and most effective was the peanut butter spread. The second, and almost as effective agent was the cheese spread.

If you got that stuff in your brown bag, you would be better off just bending over and spackling your asshole shut with that stuff. That way you would get the intended effect without the horrible taste.




If you ever had the John Wayne crackers and the peanut butter you would know.
Link Posted: 9/14/2004 2:51:08 AM EST
I got bagged on the whole time I was at MCRD cause I woke up every morning with iron wood in
my pants.
It took me a week to get used to the schedule enough to wake up 30 minutes before reveille.
I woke up with enough time to make my rack, rub one out, do the 3Ss,
and be on my rack when they hit the lights.
If it weren't for morning wood boot camp would have been hell at wake up time.
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