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Friday, November 2, 2012
3 weeks till Tuck & Cover
You may have heard the story of my time in boot camp and Ranger School in Shane Tucker's published diary entitled Battle Buddy. Some of the events he didn't get exactly right. Here's the way I remember it going down.
You may have heard the story of my time in boot camp and Ranger School in Shane Tucker's published diary entitled Battle Buddy,
but he didn't get all the details exactly right. Tuck will argue the
point; but I assure you, a few facts he definitely got wrong. I don't
blame him or claim that he lied intentionally. At the time he was, if
you remember, a little sexually frustrated; and it may have skewed his
thinking just a wee bit. To this day, I still tease him about it. This
is my take on our wild and crazy ride.
"Rangers Lead The Way!"
AUTHOR'S ADVISORY: This book contains Badass Army Rangers having hot sex!
Sua Sponte, Latin for "of their own
accord" were my first spoken words.
At least they were if you believe Col. Robert Owen Bradford II. I'm more
inclined to agree with my mom who swears my first words were probably "mama" or "dada", but it really
is quite pointless to argue with the Colonel.
Being the only son of Robert and Sally Bradford, I've been conditioned
since birth to become the next in a long line of men to serve in the United
States Army, more specifically as an Army Ranger. My father and his father
before him were both members of this illustrious group of soldiers, and I was
expected to"strive for and reach no less of an
achievement," in the words of dear, old dad. Try growing
up with those expectations. Worse yet, try being reminded each time Grandpa
Bradford came over that, "Owen,
it's your legacy. I was part of the assault landing on the Dog White sector of
Omaha beach in 1944." By the age of five, I knew the drill when he
would ask me, "What outfit is this?"
To which I would reply, "Fifth Rangers, sir."
if you're Rangers, lead the way!"
Now, having a grandpa
that was present at the birth of the Ranger motto is a hell of a big set of
combat boots to follow. For me personally, with grandpa having dinner with us
weekly, by the age of twelve I was beyond bored with it; but I was, and am, going
to do my best to fill those boots.
I'm not an only child. I have two sisters: Jenny, who is two years older
than I am, and Megan, three years younger. However, in the Colonel's eyes, they
have less value. Not that my father
is a bad husband to my mother or even a bad father to my sisters; but like
those from a time gone by, the Colonel believes that, while a woman is to be
honored, loved, and protected, it is the male child that is the coveted prize
or attestation of his manhood. More specifically, the son has the honor of
carrying on his father's legacy. I have the added burden of being a second son
and my dad's last hope of carrying on the tradition. The firstborn would be my
brother, Robert Owen Bradford III. He died from a heart defect when he was only
a few hours old. Hence the simplicity of my name: Owen no-middle-name Bradford.
I knew exactly what I was in for when I arrived at the Harmony Church
area of Fort Benning, Georgia. Where Tuck got the bright idea to join the Army
when he turned nineteen and spent a couple of months training to prepare for
his journey, I joined at twenty with twenty years of training. For me, the only
thing I wasn't prepared for was my reaction to a six foot, two inch, one-hundred-seventy
Leaning against the wall and running a hand over my new buzz cut, the
short lengths tickling against my palm, I looked up and froze. Like dead-fucking-froze,
hand on my head, mouth gaping open, and body tensing pleasantly when I spotted the
sexiest man I'd ever seen as he stood in line waiting for his turn in the
"Well hello, soldier," I muttered under my breath, careful not to
Head full of shaggy brown hair, Tuck had that dumbfounded look that the
majority of the other recruits were sporting. The look of docility on the man's
face definitely called to my more dominant side. The moment I got a glimpse of
eyes so fucking blue they looked like dark sapphires and a face that seemed to
take every facial feature I'd found attractive and placed them together in one
perfect piece of work, I was captivated. When my eyes wandered down that lean,
muscular body to a gloriously tight, round ass, I knew I had to have some of
that. I caught a few other glimpses of Tuck while we were stuck in the reception
battalion, better known as Purgatory, but I never got a chance to talk with him—feel
him out, so to speak. But, I kept my eye on him. Tuck is one of those people
you can't help but stare at. I spent the next two weeks watching and waiting
for my opening.
It was on that first day of "real" training—right after a period in The Reception Battalion, aka Purgatory—
that I happened to be standing in the yard and, therefore, watching as the
Sergeant stomped up to Tuck—who was the last off the bus—and screamed, "Are you always this goddamn slow, Private?"
"No, Sir," Tuck responded in confusion, looking around the yard.
Oh, shit! The man obviously hadn't seen too many military movies, since
even films make jokes about calling a sergeant, sir. I just shook my head and
did my best to hide my smile. I mean, really, who hasn't seen Stripes?
"Sir?" the sergeant roared. "I work for a living, boy! You
call me Sergeant Croft."
Tuck then made the classic mistake of meeting the Sergeant's eyes, and I
coughed to cover my laughter but was obviously unsuccessful. I received a brief
death glare from Tuck just as Croft got in his face and went off on an
impressive rant about eyeballing. I figured it was my lack of sympathy at Tuck's
discomfort, or maybe the snort that snuck out of me, that set the tone for
further interactions between us. Tuck never stopped glaring at me or doing his
best to avoid any interaction with me. His dismissal of me only fueled my
desire to want to fuck with him.
I finally got my chance during the final week of Phase I when those
glorious words were uttered by Sergeant Croft while assigning Battle Buddies.
“Bradford with Tucker.”
Tuck's eyes were wide; sweat glistened on his brow in the early morning
sun. His hand trembled as he scrubbed it across his face. I watched, curious,
as his shocked blue eyes wandered down my body and back up. Heat infused me at
the lust obvious when our eyes met once again. It gave me all the encouragement
I needed. I'm cocky and tenacious when I want something. I don't go after the
impossible, but I also knew I wasn't the only one affected.
The way Tuck tells it when I was assigned as his Battle Buddy he set out
to fuck up more than usual just to piss me off. Ah, no, that isn't how it went
down. When our names were called out together, it was all the proof I needed
that first, the curse my ex-fuck Kyle had tried to voodoo on me which involved
bad karma following me for dumping him, hadn't worked. We screwed twice, for
Christ's sake, both times in a bathroom stall; and he started talking about
picking out curtains. Yeah, Kyle's curses were about as potent as his sexual
charms. Secondly, and more importantly, when my name was called along with Tuck's,
it was like a sign from the higher-ups that they were answering the little
prayer I'd said involving me, locked doors, lube, and Pvt. Shane Tucker. From
that moment forward, I added a new goal to my life. Not only would I become a Ranger;
come hell or high water, I was tapping Tuck’s ass.
The funny thing about Tuck is he thought I was straight when he first met
me. I've known since I was young that I was gay, but by the time I figured it
out, my whole life was already planned. The military has no place for 'mos—homosexuals—and
I wasn't about to disappoint my grandfather, father, or myself, for that matter.
I wanted to be a Ranger as much as my father wanted me to be one. I had tried
to go the straight route, even dated
a girl in high school; and before you ask, yes, we had sex. I know your second
question is going to be, "Did you enjoy it?"Again, my answer is
yes.For the record, that doesn't make
me bisexual; it makes me experimental. Once. Now, men? I experimented with men—a
lot. I am not confused, I haven't a shred of doubt that I'm gay, but I'm also a
member of the Unites States Army and damn proud of that fact. I don't pretend
to be something I'm not. I am cocksure and arrogant as hell—and pure-fucking-manly.
The only thing I hid was who I slept with. I wasn't looking to settle down, get
married, and buy a dog. Therefore, why would I let who I slept with keep me
from my dream? I wouldn't.