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Comic profile: Drive On
Drive On
A Story of American Armor
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Comic language: English
Genre: Action
Activity status: Active
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Last update: One week ago, 10:55 PM
Number of comics: 96
Number of subscribers: 14
Visitors: 2542 visitors (17611 pages viewed)
Rating: 5 (64 votes)

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DRIVE ON is the story of tank commander Lizzie Newcom, who finds herself pushed to the limits as a war that was supposed to be winding down flares furiously to life again. As the first female tank platoon leader, Newcom has more than just the enemy to contend with!

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BUMBLEBEE
BUMBLEBEE
Bumblebee is really my cat's name.

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BUMBLEBEE
6 days ago
BUMBLEBEE
For transparency I have to admit there is some bullshit going on here, but I think it’s arcane enough it won’t get in the way and it’s central to the plot (#handcuffs#ziptied). The Abrams does have what they call a computer, that uses information from cant, temp, crosswind and motion sensing, muzzle droop, ammo type and boresight correction factors to make reticle adjustments so the gunner has more of a point and shoot task with a 99% chance of a hit (in theory). It’s really more of a fancy calculator, designed in the eighties... hence the BIG buttons and tiny display. It sure has hell doesn’t auto update like your desktop and it’s never even heard of the internet.

I’m pretending that at some point in the last twenty years it got upgraded to something more like what we think of as a computer today, with a sat uplink, and B Co got retrofitted with them. There is precedent for it... the M1A2 (which is what these tanks are) has a system where you can up and download target information through the commanders station and share it digitally between tanks and with higher.

I’m not inventing the likelihood that the army would upgrade the tanks, check the box and move on without verifying that everyone was an expert on the new system. That’s why winters, even though he’s the best gunner in the company, doesn’t really know about the “new features” nor does he really care. He’s old school and stubborn.

What he doesn’t realize is that what goes up must come down and an internet connection can be as much a weakness as a strength in certain situations...
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Chippewa Ghost
6 days ago
Chippewa Ghost
The Army ("aka ARMY STRONG") uses computers?!
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BUMBLEBEE
One week ago
BUMBLEBEE
This tedious minutae will be important later...
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BUMBLEBEE
10 days ago
BUMBLEBEE
I think that’s true generally. There’s a broader morale problem here, linked to the perception by the troops that they don’t really have a mission anymore and are just waiting in line to go home. It’s not limited to B Co, but has been pervasive throughout the theater. Buck had to lock up that staff duty kid way back at Calamity Field, then he ripped the convoy leadership new ones for being too slow to react to an ambush... even Mack told a Lieutenant he didn’t know at all not to get her “undies in a bunch.” And I’m playing Buck and Mack as the “professional” soldiers... None of those things should be happening. Not to mention the rest of the platoon leadership at the mess hall, whose behavior the CO turned a blind eye to.

The whole theatre is suffering from “let’s get the fuck outta here”itis, and they’re going to pay for it....
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Chippewa Ghost
10 days ago
Chippewa Ghost
IMHO that's a situation where you take the sergeant aside and chew their ass in private. The troops don't get sloppy unless they're allowed to get sloppy.
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