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Posted: 3/31/2006 4:10:37 PM EDT
What is the derivation of the term "technical" for pickup trucks with MG mounts? What truly constitutes a "technical"? Any civilian vehicle used in a military capacity or is there a loose "specification" for these mobile corpse carriers?

Your tolerance for my ignorance is much appreciated.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:14:08 PM EDT
generally isn't it a pickup with an antiaircraft MG mounted in the bed?

sorry, i don't know the technical definition....
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:16:39 PM EDT
It's "technically" a combat vehicle? <shrug>
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:18:46 PM EDT
In Mogadishu the guns for hire that protected the reporters were referred to by their reporter employers as technicals.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:38:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By STLRN:
In Mogadishu the guns for hire that protected the reporters were referred to by their reporter employers as technicals.



I think the term predates our adventure in Somalia, but I'm still wondering where it came from. Is it just some third world insurgent term that stuck? One part beer can and one part 12.7mm MG?
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:43:59 PM EDT
Actually that is where the term originated.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 4:50:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By STLRN:
Actually that is where the term originated.



My wife has told me that when she was in YCC (Youth Conservation Corp) that they used to travel around in old deuce-and-a-halfs and they called them technicals. Since this was in the late 70s, the Somali homies must have gotten the term from their stint with YCC, LOL. Probably learned to shot there too!

I'll take your word for it.
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 5:00:23 PM EDT
That is when the term entered the US military lexicon. Since Somalia any modded civilian truck with a gun is called a technical
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 5:02:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheSneak:
It's "technically" a combat vehicle? <shrug>



technically a piece of shit.

Link Posted: 3/31/2006 5:08:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Napoleon_Tanerite:

Originally Posted By TheSneak:
It's "technically" a combat vehicle? <shrug>



technically a piece of shit.

www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/a-10-19990422-f-7910d-518.jpg



That much I knew!
Link Posted: 3/31/2006 8:33:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/31/2006 8:39:13 PM EDT by Manic_Moran]
Could have sworn it came from the Toyota Wars. (Chad/Libya in the 1980s). My memory is a bit hazy on the issue, but I seem to recall journalists covering the war required locally acquired security people, it was written on the books as a 'Technical expense'

The thought that it came about in Somalia probably comes from the fact that Americans had no great reason to care what a converted pick-up truck was called as they never dealt with them before then.

NTM
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