A new WICE bag for a new Army?

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.

Things are changing in the United States Army.

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.

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5 Responses to A new WICE bag for a new Army?

  1. MadBrad says:

    I was introduced to the WICE early on in my illustrious career. I had to jump the Radio with the Vinson encryptor a couple of times when I was in the Battalion Scout Platoon. The first time was panic inducing.

    As for that other nonsense, empathy is not conducive to Victory. If being pregnant as a Soldier causes you to be less able to do your job, then either don’t get pregnant or quit being a Soldier. I am so glad the military wasn’t taking convicted felons right after 9-11. I would be in Leavenworth right now.

  2. Lyun says:

    ROTFLMAO, can you imagine it, a soldier pushing an armoured pram across a battlefiled….yo’all are f…king nutters.

  3. notamobster says:

    The kinder, gentler tool for killing the enemy Army.

  4. Tony Boydston says:

    I was with the 82nd Airborne B 2/325 Infantry as the CO’s RTO and jumped with the WICE packed to the hilt with the PRC-77, KY-38 radios, black box, spare batteries and all my other standard infantry equipment. I made 2 jumps with it and never got a door position, but was pretty close to the front of the exit door behind the CO.

    My last jump with the WICE was Jan1977 ARTAP (freezing cold one) and one jump that I will never forget. The CO exited the C-130 and then out of nowhere the Jump Master decided to follow the CO out the door, which of course cause a brief stop in the jump stick moving forward. By the time I hit the door the jump stick basically pushed me out the door causing me to spin. When I was free of the C-130 and done with my count I looked up to see that my raisers were twisted together and I was having a full blown streamer. Of course I tried to petal my way out of it, but realized that wasn’t going to happen and the raisers appeared to be melted. I then popped my parachute reserve only to have it not open, it was flapping around in front of me. It took me 3 times to vigorously to snap to get the reserve parachute to open. When it finally opened I knew that I had to jettison my WISE bag, besides who wants to ride it out with the WISE, and was lucky to release it during my struggle with the release cord. We both hit the drop zone right after I released it. DZSO drives up and says we thought you bounced, since my parachute reserve opened about a 100 feet above the ground and behind a sand dune that block their view.

    I did not look forward to humping this S**t back the assembly area, it was quite a hobble.

    So, turns out all that preparatory training paid off and within the next month I made a fun jump at St Mary Elise; to ward off the evil sprits that come to mind, after having a streamer.

    AIRBORNE!!!

  5. Tony Boydston says:

    Oh yah, thanks for the post I needed some info on the WISE…It would be interesting to find out some more details about it.

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