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Posted: 8/24/2005 7:35:35 PM EDT
So how long have you been with out being able to wash?
Im guessing a few of you .mil guys have become very ripe in the past
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:36:41 PM EDT
You wasted post 357 on this?

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:38:46 PM EDT
USAF survival school. 6.5 days I believe. Yeah we all stunk. The best part was we didnt really smell each other or ourselves. Apparently everyone else we came in contact with did smell us.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:39:26 PM EDT
Desert Storm, 24 days.

I still have the undies, want em?

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:39:51 PM EDT
What is this "shower" thing you speak of?
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:39:55 PM EDT
I went a whole week without a shower the last time I had Strep Throat.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:40:22 PM EDT
7 days after Hurricaine Fran. We were out of power for a week, and we had well water so no water to waste on bathing.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:40:50 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:42:39 PM EDT
Like...2.5 days...when I was young.

I have this phobia about smelling bad.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:43:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
So how long have you been with out being able to wash?

How long have we gone without showering/washing, or how long have we gone without being able to?

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:47:21 PM EDT
14 days, I bathed in a stream though. I didn't really stink.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:49:32 PM EDT
Longest has probably been 5 days while backpacking. That was 4 days too long when you're spending nights with two other guys in a tent.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:50:52 PM EDT
3 days.. i injured my back, so i was stuck on bed . the worst pain i have ever had
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:51:29 PM EDT
47 days but I did swim around in the river pretty much every day.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:53:29 PM EDT
Probably close to a week once or twice in college. I HATED community showers. My personal hygene went way down during that time. I'd set my alarm for 4AM just so I could take a shower when almost no one else was up and about. But I could only stand to do that so often.

Just change your underwear twice a day, and you're good to go.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:53:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By www-glock19-com:
So how long have you been with out being able to wash?

How long have we gone without showering/washing, or how long have we gone without being able to?

4 days on a off roading trip did not want to waste drinking water
did have baby wipes that helped some
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:55:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2005 8:06:59 PM EDT by 4xys2xxs]
2 days.


eta: while in the hospital
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:55:25 PM EDT
Two weeks. Once during an ARTEP in Korea and once at NTC. It was way worse in Korea (rainy season) lightwieght BDUs literally rotting off of you. At Ft Erwin it was so dry you never really got sweaty, I did throw away the boots after that though.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 7:56:43 PM EDT
10 days - backpacking trip in Colorado.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:02:00 PM EDT
21 days.

One full 12 days cycle, and 9 days of a second cycle in the Z (Korea).

Including 2 patrols and rice paddies with lots of smell bad stuff.

Whore's baths were all we could take.

Feet, a$$, and pits - ripe? No, rotten.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:02:46 PM EDT
the two weeks I was in the hospital when my appendix ruptured, did get a sponge bath daily though.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:04:14 PM EDT
2 weeks. Extended camping trip with boy scouts. The only clean spots were where the sweat trickled down.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:06:12 PM EDT
8 days IIRC. Philmont.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:07:58 PM EDT
10 days during the final FTX of WARRIOR FORGE.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:08:27 PM EDT
6 days.

Intensive care. Laying in your own sweat/grime? Not for me.

"Sir you cannot get out of bed"

Me: "Really...hmmm...look at that. Praise God and pass the soap"

I'm not stubborn, honest
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:10:54 PM EDT
About 6 weeks in Afghanistan in Sept 2001. Baby wipes are GOD.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:10:55 PM EDT
I was on an aircraft carrier during VN. We went on water hours after about 2 days at sea, there were no showers for the enlisted men. We were at sea for 45-60 days at a time so the longest without a shower was maybe 55 days. You could take a spit bath, a little water in a sink and a wash cloth.

That was pretty miserable, tropical heat and humidity. As I remember one time as I was getting out of the shower and started drying off and I could not catch up with the sweat that was pouring off me. I finally just stopped drying and went and got dressed.

We all had heat rash so bad we were just raw.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:12:10 PM EDT
10 day CAX at 29 Palms. I could take my camo blouse off and it would stand upright in the corder from all the sweat-salt encrusting it.

12 day MCRES at Camp Blanding FLA. humidity, thundershowers, diesel fule splashed on me on day 4. F'n miserable.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:14:16 PM EDT
Well let's see, I'm 23....

carry the 1....

a few leap years....

it's August 24....

time is now 11:14 EST....

I dunno, a 3 or 4 days maybe?

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:14:55 PM EDT
about 30 days desert storm.but did take water bottle bath and babby wipes.
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:18:00 PM EDT
11 days, while backpacking the John Muir Wilderness Area.

I had to wash my hair 3 times in a row to get clean after that.

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:18:26 PM EDT
42 days during Desert Storm.... ( and there was no damn stream or river to swim in )

We only had one set of desert cammies.

Water was for consumption, cooking, washing hands, brushing teeth shaving.

We f__king stank! I mean grungy, ball-fog reeking, stank ! My father had the
good mind to have my mother ship me underwwear in every package.

I just changed underwear every few days.

We had one guy kinda crack-up after he shit his last pair of skivvies when trying to fart. All he
could do is funny laughing-grunt.

Finally one day they marched us across the desert where they had built some temp.
showers using the NBC trucks ( water tanks, pressure pumps and water heaters )

We undressed on one side of the tent with a bar of soap in our hands and were given 5 minutes to shower.

GO !

We flew into the tent where the water was sprayig everywhere. Someone had the great idea of
putting down wooden palates for a "floor". Everyone was twisting ankles and falling all over one another.

Me being 5'7" I was getting pelted with flying elbows so I shoved my way to the wall of the tent to a space off the palates and was able to get cleaned up and rinsed before they cut the water off.

Almost everyone else had to go commando or put on their nasty skivvies. I slipped on a new set of skivves ( thanks Mom ) and we all put on our nasty desert cammies and marched several miles back to our lines. Once we got back we felt just as nasty as we had when we left to get showers...

Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:19:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2005 8:19:56 PM EDT by yobo]
I went on a 7 day hiking trip up in the mountains and on the second day it started to rain day and night and didn't stop. On the last day it was still raining I thought maybe Noah had built another ark My hands and feet long like prunes Anyway I didn't wash for those 6 days... does that count?
Link Posted: 8/24/2005 8:23:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:37:50 AM EDT
Restore Hope: 45 days.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:43:45 AM EDT
10 or 12 days While at the Yakima firing range (WA state) with volcanic ash as far as the eye could see....good times good times :)
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:47:13 AM EDT
Around 10.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:55:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/25/2005 4:58:11 AM EDT by lokt]

Originally Posted By Wubbman:
10 days during the final FTX of WARRIOR FORGE.

Did you go this summer? I did. Our FTX got stretched out by a day for Branch Orientation to 11. Not that an extra day made a difference...we were so fucking nasty from being wet all the time and then cooking inside the rain gear that we couldn't have smelled worse. One bad part was your sweat and urine reeking of MREs.
What regiment were you?
Man do i ever feel sorry for whoever got issued my goretex bivy bag cover after me. I'm not sure CIF could have washed the funk out of that.
Thank goodness for baby wipes.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 4:58:36 AM EDT
22 Days, then we rigged up a tarp, a water can, and a homemade showerhead.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:03:42 AM EDT
38 days on my sub once

our sub had 2 stills to generate all our water. The small still could only handle necessity water like cooking, drinking,and makeup water for the reactor The large still gave us our bathing water and clothes washing water.

The large stilll broke 5 days into our cruise and we did not have the means to repair it.

When we pulled back into port and they cracked the hatches, the people working on the tender were throwing up from the smell :)

My GF made me ride home in the truck bed and hosed me down with the garden hose before she would let me in the house.

Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:07:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AR15fan:
Restore Hope: 45 days.

I was about 22-25 days We smelled like the skinny's.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:29:29 AM EDT
For sheer funk? Jungle School in Ft Sherman. After two weeks I showered for over an hour using that Army issue powdered cleanser (Comet). I had skin sores wherever gear would rub when I walked. My uniform was white from the salt and the stitching in my boots had rotted.

I've been without a shower longer on other missions, but nothing compared to that.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:39:05 AM EDT
I have oily skin. If I don't shower every single day, I turn into a giant, greasy pimple.

Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:46:51 AM EDT
Jeez, I don't remember. Couple of months, I guess, in Desert Shield/Storm.

It's not so much living in a ditch for a few months that gets old, it's not having any toilet paper for a few months. That "napkin" that comes in an MRE just don't cut it. No clean clothes... Every few days I would take off my boots and walk around in the sand to clean off some of the funk between my toes.
You just get used to it after a while, no big deal.

I remember I had a "Ground beef with spiced sauce", if anyone remembers those. I stuck it in my shorts to try to at least get it up to body temp (Yes, it gets cold in the desert) Well, the seal broke so I had spiced sauce in my britches for weeks!

I do remember what I thought was the worst part was after we did get a makeshift shower and some clean issue wool socks, I itched for like two days.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 5:50:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:01:34 AM EDT

Originally Posted By JarheadChiro:
Desert Storm, 24 days.

I still have the undies, want em?

I've posted this photo before...so if you somehow managed to miss it, enjoy!

And uhhh...thanks, but NO thanks.

Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:25:29 AM EDT
2 or 3 days, stinky!
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:46:48 AM EDT
This is without a doubt the dirtiest thread ever.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:48:09 AM EDT
about 6 weeks backpacking
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 6:54:04 AM EDT
17 days on a fireline. Do you have any idea what it's like to be on a working fire and you and your crew smell so bad you can't smell the smoke?

Well it wasn't that bad, but it was bad.
Link Posted: 8/25/2005 7:00:13 AM EDT
A little over a month in Iraq in Desert Storm, and I also put on the same filthy uniform that I took off.
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