When I was a paratrooper in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne, we all hated being assigned the WICE bag (pronounced “we-see bag”) for a jump. A WICE bag was a large equipment bag that was generally used for crew equipment… mortars, dragon missiles, radios and that sort of thing.
It was so large and difficult to move with that you were given a door position in the aircraft. You would essentially fall out of the aircraft and, at 200′ above the ground, you would lower the WICE bag on a 17′ line so it could land before you and take some of the speed off of your decent and controlled crash landing.
That was when the real fun started because you were going to have to strap on and hump whatever was in the bag to the assembly area and on to whatever mission you were conducting.
Jumping the WICE bag was a honored if hated act of passage for a young paratrooper.
The Army is ordering its hardened combat veterans to wear fake breasts and empathy bellies so they can better understand how pregnant soldiers feel during physical training.
This week, 14 noncommissioned officers at Camp Zama took turns wearing the “pregnancy simulators” as they stretched, twisted and exercised during a three-day class that teaches them to serve as fitness instructors for pregnant soldiers and new mothers.
A warrior must be able to shoot, move, communicate and empathize with the burdens of breasts and baby bump.