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Logitech
06-20-2004, 12:18 AM
According to all the TV shows I've seen about the army, private time is scarce, but what private time there is, is it enough for the soldiers to sexually satisfy themselves? (Assume both men in the field and/or men on their home base)

I doubt that the army stocks its bases with women for the soldiers persual, and I would imagine that the soldiers are cautioned against fraternizing with the locals, so the only release for the average soldier would be master B, but according to TV many of the young, low ranking soldiers live in communal barracks. I would imagine that a barracks would not have enough privacy for a person to satisfy himself in one. Most communial bathrooms I have been in have been unfit for the task of MasterB, so how do soldiers in the army keep from going insane from lack of sex?

Any first hand knowlege on Master B in the army?

What would the punishment be for a soldier caught master B'ing?

Ilsa_Lund
06-20-2004, 12:24 AM
What would the punishment be for a soldier caught master B'ing?

A good spanking for being such a bad, bad boy!

Dog80
06-20-2004, 12:31 AM
Any first hand knowlege on Master B in the army?

:D

Splanky
06-20-2004, 12:33 AM
When they're overseas, they do (and/or did) have the time to attend brothels and such. I remember reading in my history text that a major problem with US soldiers in WWI was that French prostitutes were giving them STDs. Also remember the "Me love you long time" of Full Metal Jacket.

What soldiers do stationed in Mississippi, I can't say.

David Simmons
06-20-2004, 12:33 AM
Any first hand knowlege on Master B in the army?

I won't tell if you won't.

What would the punishment be for a soldier caught master B'ing?

When their vision has deteriorated past a certain point they get a medical discharge.

astro
06-20-2004, 12:40 AM
What soldiers do stationed in Mississippi, I can't say.

Visit the Crosby Arboretum (http://msstate.edu/dept/crec/camain.html) naturally!

Diogenes the Cynic
06-20-2004, 12:42 AM
In a barracks situation, let's just say that it can be managed. Business gets taken care of.

Overseas, prostitution plays a large role. Not all GI's go to prostitutes but a lot of them do. Those who don't..just...manage.

Berkut
06-20-2004, 12:42 AM
According to all the TV shows I've seen about the army, private time is scarce, but what private time there is, is it enough for the soldiers to sexually satisfy themselves?They wear camo, so no one can see them coming.

David Simmons
06-20-2004, 12:49 AM
Overseas, prostitution plays a large role. Not all GI's go to prostitutes but a lot of them do.

I didn't read Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation but I'll bet there's one small detail he didn't mention.

Many, if not most, Army personnel in WWII were married. The Army bought hundreds of millions of anti-venereal prophylactic kits. Many, many, many, many, many of them were used.

PaulFitzroy
06-20-2004, 01:36 AM
A guy I worked with at my last job was in the Navy during Desert Shield. Between forklifting pallets of fertilizer (no joke,) we used to talk a lot about his various adventures (and all of the prostitutes he patronized.)

He told me that the best ones, in his opinion, were in Bahrain. Apparently, the women there are quite beautiful, but if they are caught prostituting themselves the punishment is getting acid splashed on their faces under Islamic law.

The worst, he said, were the ones in Australia. He found them to be "skanky as hell" and "only occasionally would you find a good one."

From these conversations I got the idea that the Navy guys visited hookers all the time in the various places they visited on shore leave.

Of course, this isn't addressing the Army. On that note, I will say a pal of mine told me that guys jerk off under their covers at night. Makes sense to me.

LazerMane
06-20-2004, 01:49 AM
Ever heard of "shore leave" or a "liberty pass"?

Basically as i understand it these were more or less issued to the GIs in WW2 so that they may go ashore or go into town, blow a few bucks in the harems and get laid so that they may come back fresh and renewed. Several port harbors in many European and Asian countries still run harems for soldiers of many different nationalities to use.

bienville
06-20-2004, 02:32 AM
They wear camo, so no one can see them coming.

Berkut, this is the single greatest comment I have ever read at the SDMB. :D

I'm putting you on harmless' list (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=262025).

astro
06-20-2004, 03:16 AM
This is my rifle, this is my gun.
This is for fighting, this is for fun.

Shade
06-20-2004, 04:59 AM
Uh, sir... because the men usually just ride it into the nearest town.

Well, because on tuesdays it's your turn in the barrel.

We were once at sea so long this guy with a deck of cards found the jack of hearts missing.

Jinx
06-20-2004, 05:07 AM
The secret is mandatory cold showers! :D

Gala Matrix Fire
06-20-2004, 06:29 AM
This may blow your mind, but there are women in the army.

Based on my experience living in barracks for six years, I will tell you that the male and female soldiers have sex with each other a lot.

AskNott
06-20-2004, 09:50 AM
The bureau of veteran's affairs (no pun intended) has found over 100 women who said they were sexually assaulted by fellow soldiers, among service people returning from the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Many said they were told by their officers not to report the assaults. Among those who reported the crimes, some were punished for doing so. Yes, there's a federal law to protect whistle-blowers, but the law has no teeth, and it's widely ignored.

I'm sure there's lots of consensual sex among soldiers, as bluethree says. However, as long as some officers believe that soldier rape is part of the cost of having women in the military, the goal of women's equality in the military is a long way off.

Bear_Nenno
06-20-2004, 10:32 AM
In Basic/AIT they washed our sheets every Monday. So Sunday night...

Valgard
06-20-2004, 10:57 AM
I would imagine that a barracks would not have enough privacy for a person to satisfy himself in one. Most communial bathrooms I have been in have been unfit for the task of MasterB, so how do soldiers in the army keep from going insane from lack of sex?


You're not a guy, are you? (grin)

I'm never been in the military but I did go to college. Communal living and communal bathrooms. Trust me on this, if you get a bunch of horny teenage males in this environment there's still a considerable amount of masturbating going on, no matter how little privacy there is. Under the covers, close the stall door, whatever. Like you said, it's either that or go insane.

MsRobyn
06-20-2004, 11:40 AM
Former female sailor checking in.

First of all, with HIV a problem in so many countries, brothels and prostitutes are often off-limits, and in every unit to which I was assigned, they were always off-limits, and failure to comply with this order meant criminal prosecution, either under Article 15 or through a court martial.

Second, there are (generally) sufficient opportunities for sexual activity. Once you've passed basic training, you do get free time. Hotels in the area did a booming business on weekends as people sought private places to have sex.

Third, there is training given on sexual health, including contraception and STDs. Female personnel have an annual examination that includes a Pap smear and cultures for STDs, and blood tests for HIV. Again, in some units, these exams are mandatory; they were when I was in basic training and in school. Contraception in the form of the Pill was highly recommended, and condoms were free for the taking. If you happened to have an STD, you were required to list all of your partners; they would be notified and treated.

The other thing is that, when you're living with so many other people, you lose whatever shyness you may have had. I remember hearing vague buzzing noises from women using vibrators after lights-out. If you gotta, you gotta, and what's a little buzzing among friends?

Robin

alterego
06-20-2004, 11:44 AM
To reiterate everything thats been said, there is plenty of time. Also keep in mind that just because Master B might not be something you talk about with your friends, when your in the field everyone knows that everyone is doing it and nobody really cares.

Guinastasia
06-20-2004, 12:36 PM
I didn't read Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation but I'll bet there's one small detail he didn't mention.

Many, if not most, Army personnel in WWII were married. The Army bought hundreds of millions of anti-venereal prophylactic kits. Many, many, many, many, many of them were used.


Wasn't there even a saying or something-"You're over-sexed and over there", or something like that?

David Simmons
06-20-2004, 01:07 PM
Wasn't there even a saying or something-"You're over-sexed and over there", or something like that?

The British joke about US soldiers there was, approximately - Over paid, over sexed and over here.

Berkut
06-20-2004, 01:29 PM
Berkut, this is the single greatest comment I have ever read at the SDMB. :D

I'm putting you on harmless' list (http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=262025).A title to be proud of. :)

David Simmons
06-20-2004, 01:37 PM
Wasn't there even a saying or something-"You're over-sexed and over there", or something like that?

To expand a little on my previous answer. The whole thing was: "There are only three things wrong with the Americans. They are over paid, over sexed and over here."

Loach
06-20-2004, 02:14 PM
To expand a little on my previous answer. The whole thing was: "There are only three things wrong with the Americans. They are over paid, over sexed and over here."

And the Americans answer was the British were underpaid, undersexed and under Eisenhower.

Loach
06-20-2004, 02:21 PM
According to all the TV shows I've seen about the army, private time is scarce, but what private time there is, is it enough for the soldiers to sexually satisfy themselves? (Assume both men in the field and/or men on their home base)

To answer the OP the Army discourages any contact between troops very strongly. At home base its no big deal you have plenty of time to visit the outside world and meet others of the opposite sex. On deployment it can get tricky. Brothels are off limits do to the health problems ( and may not be abvailable anyway. Adultery and fraternization are punishable and prosecuted. Of course some find their way around it but it often causes discipline problems. However the days of open bathrooms like they have in Full Metal Jacket are gone for the most part. There is always some privacy available. I never heard of anyone being punished for assaulting themselves ;)

t-bonham@scc.net
06-20-2004, 02:21 PM
What does the Army do to keep its soldiers sexually satisfyed? To answer this OP, the Army officially does nothing! (I guess they assume their soldiers are old enough to take care of this on their own.)

Unofficially, the Army (and other services) just turn a blind eye to things that they know are happening (like masturbating under the covers in the barracks, in the showers, soldiers getting together in motel rooms when on leave, sailors visiting brothels when in port, etc.). They know they probably couldn't stop it completely anyway (your body gives stronger orders than any commander), and really, why should they bother?

In fact, the services do provide some services to prevent problems from this. They give out a whole lot of condoms to servicemen going on leave. Sailors are gathered for lectures before they arrive in port, and sometimes even given lists of which brothels are known to be unhealthy ("off-limits"). The services provide a lot of VD treatment to infected people, and this is medical treatment, it does not show up as a disciplinary infraction on their record.

hajario
06-20-2004, 02:51 PM
Those who don't..just...manage.

Finding one partner is tough enough. Wouldn't finding two be even more difficult?

Haj

mangeorge
06-20-2004, 04:14 PM
Visit the Crosby Arboretum (http://msstate.edu/dept/crec/camain.html) naturally!
Dang. I go looking for some porn, and you give me an actual arboretum.
Peace,
mangeorge

Matt Barry
06-20-2004, 08:36 PM
I'll answer this one with this: When deployed to Kuwait and Iraq (and of course in the middle of no where, so forget a brothel) my friends sent me dozens of porn mags. I kept a select few for myself, and ran the porno libary. I got tired of Marines bugging me for all the porn, so I left in the middle of the hootch. Within 10 minutes all the magizines were gone.

RickJay
06-20-2004, 10:04 PM
This may blow your mind, but there are women in the army.

Based on my experience living in barracks for six years, I will tell you that the male and female soldiers have sex with each other a lot.
In my experience, the Army was basically a giant boffing festival. To describe the male-female liasons that went on would take me four hours and a Powerpoint presentation of the most hideous spaghetti logic. You're putting men and women between 18 and 25 together, and there's gonna be humpin'. I wasn't in uniform for 48 hours before I was handed a few doobs and told to be wary of the `ditch pigs' (women in the infantry units.) I ended up sleeping with three female soldiers in just over four years of service, and I was an amateur.

Is it TECHNICALLY against the rules? Yes, it is. Does anyone care? Unless it causes an actual discipline problem, no.

Excalibre
06-21-2004, 12:15 AM
My understanding is that, in the absence of women, the soldiers immediately turn to each other for comfort, and indeed, massive all-male orgies take place.

Oh, wait. That "documentary" I was watching might actually have been a porn flick . . .

Ross
06-21-2004, 05:32 AM
Bloke in the nursing home I worked in regailed me with tales of how he'd never, never have used a prostitute while he was in the army in WWII. Went on about how filthy they were for some time. Then I got a five minute talk on how it was easier and more efficient to get a lieutenant to service you instead.

I only went in to change his bedpan.

scm1001
06-21-2004, 06:08 AM
Old Joke........

Soldier on a long tour in the desert goes up to his commanding officer and says "I 'm going nuts, I need sex now or I will crack up". The officer says "I completely understand. Thats why we keep a camel in the stables there". The soldier was shocked at first, but thanked the officer and went out. Five minutes later he came back in and said "Thanks, I really needed that". The offcier looked puzzled and said "how did you get to town and back in that short time?"

MC$E
06-21-2004, 09:45 AM
When their vision has deteriorated past a certain point they get a medical discharge.

:D Was this an intentional pun... or do I just have a dirty mind?

Diogenes the Cynic
06-21-2004, 09:54 AM
Old Joke........

Soldier on a long tour in the desert goes up to his commanding officer and says "I 'm going nuts, I need sex now or I will crack up". The officer says "I completely understand. Thats why we keep a camel in the stables there". The soldier was shocked at first, but thanked the officer and went out. Five minutes later he came back in and said "Thanks, I really needed that". The offcier looked puzzled and said "how did you get to town and back in that short time?"
Soldier shows up for his first day of duty in the desert. His CO is showing him around the camp, pointing out the barracks, the latrines, the mess tent, etc. The soldier sees a barrel with a hole in the side sitting in the middle of the camp and asks, "What's that barrel for?"

The CO says "Well you can stick your dick in that hole and get yourself a free blow job any day but tuesday."

"Why not tuesday."

"Tuesday's your day in the barrel."

Ol'Gaffer
06-21-2004, 02:53 PM
Boy, it all seems so complicated...all this time I was under the impression that everyone just brought an extra sock.

mangeorge
06-21-2004, 06:37 PM
I'll answer this one with this: When deployed to Kuwait and Iraq (and of course in the middle of no where, so forget a brothel) my friends sent me dozens of porn mags. I kept a select few for myself, and ran the porno libary. I got tired of Marines bugging me for all the porn, so I left in the middle of the hootch. Within 10 minutes all the magizines were gone.
Gasp!
Marines don't look at porn. Not do they visit OLTAHFD's.
;)

igloorex
06-21-2004, 09:09 PM
Boy, it all seems so complicated...all this time I was under the impression that everyone just brought an extra sock.

I can't believe it took this long before the first mention of the "victory sock"

:)

Ms Boods
06-21-2004, 09:20 PM
I have my dad's diary from when he was in the Navy during WW2, and he writes extensively about going on liberty with his mates to the local whore houses in Naples and Marseilles. A few days after the first such liberty, he writes of how there was a personal inspection, and 'some of the boys caught hell,' from the medic.

mangeorge
06-22-2004, 06:32 PM
I "caught hell" twice (Navy, '64-'68). The second time came with a threat. The brass didn't take it lightly. They provided rubbers for the asking, but I "didn't like" them. A couple doses of clap taught me a new appreciation, though. That, and 3 shots;day for 7 days for each occurance. Plus restriction until medical cleared me. No trust. Imagine that! Liberty was a precious and rare thing over there. :confused:

MsRobyn
06-22-2004, 07:11 PM
I "caught hell" twice (Navy, '64-'68). The second time came with a threat. The brass didn't take it lightly. They provided rubbers for the asking, but I "didn't like" them. A couple doses of clap taught me a new appreciation, though. That, and 3 shots;day for 7 days for each occurance. Plus restriction until medical cleared me. No trust. Imagine that! Liberty was a precious and rare thing over there. :confused:

I was named as a sexual contact for someone under treatment for gonorrhea. Even though my STD culture came back clean, I had to have a painful antibiotic shot in the ass, two weeks' worth of oral antibiotics taken under supervision, and get a series of Hep B vaccinations.

Fun, fun. Suffice it to say, I never spoke to the SOB again.

Robin

David Simmons
06-22-2004, 11:05 PM
I have my dad's diary from when he was in the Navy during WW2, and he writes extensively about going on liberty with his mates to the local whore houses in Naples and Marseilles. A few days after the first such liberty, he writes of how there was a personal inspection, and 'some of the boys caught hell,' from the medic.

Every now and then there came the OD through the camp with the order, "Fall out in raincoats and overshoes." So everybody stripped, donned a raincoat and put on overshoes to pass before the medical officer for "shortarm inspection." Venereal cases would be then pulled out and sent to the dispensary, or hospital as the case may be. There was never a case detected to my knowledge at any of the inspections I was part of.

The_Llama
06-22-2004, 11:54 PM
Finding one partner is tough enough. Wouldn't finding two be even more difficult?

Haj
I can't believe this just slipped by. Smooth, and very funny.