Any Veterans living off of Combat Naps?

Glenn Owner/Technician Texas Posted   Latest   Edited  

This is an open question for any veterans in our industry. How many seem to function off of combat naps? For those that understand it, it is a real thing that typical combat mission veterans constantly experience. Just curious how many military veterans are out there.

I am not attempting to start a veteran support group, so don't misunderstand my query. This is about our our fellow technician/ military veterans who still see a worthy challenge in this industry everyday regardless. They still see and have a ‘mission’ in life to keep them going.

Heck, I was a glutton for punishment. I was a tech (body man) then a veteran and then went back to being a tech (electrical and mechanical).

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Warren Owner
Massachusetts
Warren
 

8 years USAF, Sleep? who needs sleep.. LOL

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Warren, Sounds like you worked on the flight line? Security Police?

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Ron Technician
Illinois
Ron
 

Glenn, much like yourself I started in the automotive business then joined the army. Spent 3 years active then returned to the same dealer. Been back for 33 years now.

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Dr. Engineer
Washington
Dr.
 

Hi Glenn: I still do the naps today, and haven’t been able to break the habit. My family never did understand it Long after I got out but, I always looked at it as a positive thing. We were told to Rest whoever possible so the “power (combat) naps” were common for those of us in airborne units, and I’m sure others. Thanks for posting!

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Scott Technician
Wisconsin
Scott
 

Airborne leads the way!

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Dr. Engineer
Washington
Dr.
 

HOOAH!!!!!

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

You are welcome, I am a firm believer that the military ‘programs’ or conditions people for their job. Not all career fields are this way, but most are. Just like you, we were told to grab a nap whenever and wherever we could. The only exception was if you were on guard duty, I saw one guy get his head ‘cracked’ by a flight supervisor one night. No paperwork involved, he was sleeping on guard…

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Justin Mechanic
Tennessee
Justin
 

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Dan Owner/Technician
Texas
Dan
 

… Did you get a sleep study ?… I did … I had SEVERE sleep apnea…about 50 AHI… My oxy sats got down to 80 (bad on innards)… I would fall asleep at the drop of a wrench (hat)… a CPAP machine cured all that… any here that feel sleepy during the day ( and snore like a freight train , Cured that too) … I urge you to get a sleep study and possibly the needed equipment (CPAP) to improve your life…

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi Dan, Yes, I had a sleep study that was out sourced by the VA, 3 years ago and all the doctor had to say was that there were some interesting results. That was as far as it went. I spent my military career being in a hyper alert status 24/7. Currently, I am avoiding going near any medical facility due to the exposure hazards and politics surrounding this Covid fiasco. I plan to pursue a…

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Jamey Owner/Technician
California
Jamey
   

Same here Dan. I had a study, diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was falling asleep at a red light. I just thought I was getting older and slowing down. After about 2 weeks on the Cpap, I felt like I was 25 years old again. I don’t have any need for a nap in the day. I get 6-7 hours of good sleep every night. I’m wide awake at about 5:30 every morning. Even on off days and vacation, I’m up and…

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John Technician
California
John
 

USAF 71-74. B-52 mech Anderson AFB, Pretty much lived on the flight line, Operation Linebacker & Linebacker II, April 72 - January 73. Could crash anywhere, wheel wells, bomb bay, back of van. Earplugs and headsets helped. When its slow, can slide my stool up to my box and nod off. Second Dan on the sleep study. Got my cpap machine from the VA in 04. JPS

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Glenn Owner/Technician
Texas
Glenn
 

Hi John, Remember the in flight kitchen? The one we had at Langley made MRE's look good.

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Jeff Technician
California
Jeff
 

First thank you for your service, not a vet but nap all the time any time of day.

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Michael Owner/Technician
Alaska
Michael
 

Yep, 7 ½ years in the USAF, I used to nap every day when I was working full time. I could take a 10 minute nap, sitting in a chair, while someone was doing WOT testing on a diesel out in the shop. Now that I'm semi retired, I don't work as hard, but I still nap a couple times a week. You know your an adult when a nap changes from a punishment to a reward

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Jonathan Technician
California
Jonathan
 

Yeah thank you for your service gentlemen. Taking naps and fixin trucks, now you're speaking my language. I'm glad you guys are getting the help you need.

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Robert Diagnostician
Florida
Robert
 

U.S. Army … that was definitely something we did both when we were in Garrison and when we were in battle. Desert Storm taught all of us to take power naps whenever we could. Still do it today 30+ years later.

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