West Point’s IPDs (Improvised Pillow Devices) Concuss Cadets


Some news items leave me shaking my head in wonder. That was the case when I read about the annual pillow fight at the United States Military Academy – West Point – that went terribly wrong.

I just have to believe that those who came up with this devious plot will be placed on a fast track to high-level intelligence positions at the Pentagon.

The tradition calls for cadets to let off a bit of steam after a long hot summer of training by having a huge pillow fight. Lots of testosterone being spent in a safe if competitive fashion. Well, not quite.

Evidently the military training these kids undertook all summer rubbed off on them. A number of the combatants thought it would be a good idea to place hard objects – helmets and rocks – in their pillow cases along with the soft feathers and foam. The result: 24 concussed cadets, a few broken limbs and I imagine numerous headaches.

By using very advanced equipment to listen for uproarious laughter across the Middle East, army intelligence will be able to unearth ISIS and others as they watch the next wave of soldiers attempt to brain each other.

I just have to believe that those who came up with this devious plot will be placed on a fast track to high-level intelligence positions at the Pentagon. Of course those who were on the receiving end of a Beautyrest Bomb or IPD (improvised pillow device) and managed to survive relatively unscathed will forever be infantry soldiers. The army always needs a few hard heads.

But why would West Point allow this story to be made public? Let’s face it, this hardly shows the cadets as bright lights, not even night lights. Then it occurred to me that releasing this will help to expose hidden terrorist cells. By using very advanced equipment to listen for uproarious laughter across the Middle East, army intelligence will be able to unearth ISIS and others as they watch the next wave of soldiers attempt to brain each other.

Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up!

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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2 thoughts on “West Point’s IPDs (Improvised Pillow Devices) Concuss Cadets

  1. Given the proliferation of mobile communications devices, they were hardly in a position to keep it quiet. I’m sure it was “out of the bag” while it was still going on. There are probably dozens of cell phone videos, Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram pictures. There are no secrets, not if it happens in anything resembling “public.”

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