After his request to be nearer to his wife was denied, this tank gunner took it upon himself to make his superiors pay.
The Sad Soldier
The Original Poster (OP) was a tank gunner in the army. He was struggling emotionally and his morale was at an all-time low.
Wife’s Life-Saving Surgery
He was struggling because he had recently been denied a posting, which would have brought him closer to his wife and her doctors. His wife was scheduled to have open-heart surgery, and he needed to be there to support her during this difficult time.
His Request Was Denied
His superiors denied his request, citing that it was his wife’s fault that they moved up there.
Thinking of a Way to Get Revenge
Feeling utterly helpless and angry, OP was looking for ways to vent his frustration and make his superiors pay for their apathy.
Stumbled Across Something Interesting
That’s when he came across a subreddit on the military, where he saw a post titled “Interesting courses to boost my career.” The post contained several comments, and one of them caught the OP’s attention.
This Was No Ordinary Qualification
It was a course that qualified individuals to fly as passengers in his country’s version of the F-18 fighter jet.
He Immediately Started the Course
OP was intrigued and decided to take the course. He went through all the slides and took detailed notes on the subject material.
He Passed Along With Several Other Certifications
He failed the test the first time round, but he persevered and aced it on the second try. To add insult to injury, he completed several padding courses, making it harder for his superiors to sort through his certificates.
Handing Over the Documentation
He then handed all his certificates to his immediate supervisor, feeling smug and pleased with himself.
His Supervisor’s Reaction
His supervisor, however, was not impressed. He picked up the certificate for the F-18 course and exclaimed, “YOU KNOW THAT COURSE COST US $2,000.00?!”
He Said He Was Doing What He Was Told
OP simply grinned and replied, “I was told to do online courses in my spare time. I wasn’t given specifics.”
He Was Untouchable
His supervisor tried his best to get OP into trouble with the commander, but he couldn’t touch him since he followed an order.
Getting the Moral Boost He Was Looking For
Now OP is known as the only tanker in his country with that course and qualification. His reputation as a maverick grew, and many hailed him as a hero who had outsmarted the system.
What Redditors Thought
One user wrote, “All you gotta do now is tape some cardboard wings on your tank and hit a jump as fast as you can! Your M1 (or M60 or T62 or whatever) will transform into a glorious F18!” Another said, “$2,000.00. Pffft! Chump change. For ANY military!”
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