Back in 1995-1996, I developed the "Militiaman's Pop Quiz" and posted it on the Internet discussion groups. I ran across a copy yesterday and thought you might get a kick out of it.
Militiaman's Pop Quiz
1. Which of these is the current-issue infantryman's anti-tank rocket launcher in U.S. service?
a. The M20 3.5 inch bazooka.
b. The M72 Light Anti-tank weapon (LAW)
c. The AT-4
d. The RPG-7
2. In the middle of a firefight, you jump up on an abandoned Humvee with a pedestal mounted .50 caliber M2 Browning machinegun to try to make like Audie Murphy. The weapon is unloaded, so you have to break open a box of ammo. You pop the top cover and lay the first cartridge of the belt in place and close the cover. How many times do you have to pull the cocking lever?
"Ma Deuce": M2 Browning .50 Caliber machine gun on tripod.
c. You don't have to pull the cocking lever.
3. You grab the grips of the .50 and swing it into position and begin firing using:
a. your left hand trigger finger.
b. your right hand trigger finger.
c. one thumb.
d. both thumbs.
4. You're the end man of your section (making you the furthest to the left of your squad). Your squad leader tells you to shift left to a better firing position for the entire squad. As you lead out, you notice you will have to pass another militiaman, not of your squad, armed with a LAWS rocket who is just about to fire. You,
a. Pass behind him.
b. Pass in front of him.
c. Stop your leftward movement and seek best available cover.
d. Ask your squad leader what he wants you to do.
5. Your squad is occupying some shellholes and building rubble with some overhead cover. You notice a mortar shell ground burst about fifty meters to the left of your position. A moment later, another ground burst erupts fifty meters to your right. You should:
a. Stay put and keep your head down.
b. Retreat to the rear as fast as you can.
c. Shift to the left.
d. Shift to the right.
6. What is the most vulnerable spot to anti-tank fire on an M1A1 Abrams tank?
a. Right front side.
b. Tread bogies.
c. Turbine engine compartment.
d. Top of the turret.
e. There ain't one.
7. What is the caliber of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle's main gun?
a. 20 mm.
b. 25 mm.
c. 30 mm.
8. You have been called up for riot duty by your Governor to assist the National Guard, which has been weakened by Clinton administration budget cuts. You are about to be issued gas masks at the armory. There is a box full of M17A2 masks, a box of M25 masks, and a box of M40 masks. Which type mask should you pick?
d. Any of the three as long as there are sufficient replacement filters for it.
9. Someone gives you a box of loose ammunition. It is 7.62 NATO caliber and has white paint on the bullet tips. You have:
a. Armor piercing ammunition.
b. Tracer ammunition.
c. Incendiary ammunition.
d. Practice ammunition.
e. Armor piercing/incendiary ammunition.
10. Bill Clinton announces that he is nustering the unorganized militia into Federal service. Should you report for duty:
a. Yes, fully armed and accoutred.
b. Yes, but unarmed.
d. Are you out of your mind?
Bonus discussion question:
Elements of the 24th Mechanized Infantry Division are still taking orders from the Clinton Administration. It is D plus five and the 24th (-) is advancing to support an airmobile attempt to secure for the Clintonistas the assets of the Anniston Army Depot which is being held by a composite force of regulars, National Guardsmen and militiamen under orders from the Governor of Alabama.
The 24th (-) is driving west out of Georgia, having first secured the Atlanta area. Your unit has been assigned the task of harassing and delaying the enemy as much as possible. At this precise moment, you find yourself cut off from your squad after some particularly intense street fighting in downtown Anniston.
You are on the third floor of a brick office building in a corner office looking out on the intersection below. You are alone in the room except for a dead 24th Mech trooper, whose buddies you can hear clearing the rooms below you. You search the dead man and strip him of an AT4, a Claymore mine and two fragmentation grenades.
You are armed with a semiautomatic AK47, a .45 caliber pistol and a LAWS rocket. You have about fifty rounds left for your AK and one magazine for your .45. The dead trooper's rifle, an M16A2, has a broken stock and is useless.
In the intersection below, three armored vehicles pull to a stop. A man gets out of vehicle A and jogs back to vehicle C. You realize that from your perfect vantage point you can nail two of three vehicles with your AT rockets. You have maybe a minute or two before the hostiles below start up that last flight of stairs to you.
What do you do? Specifically, which vehicles, if any, do you target woth which weapon and in what order? What use can be made of the Claymore? What can you do with the frags? How did you get into this mess in the first place? Why did you vote for Perot in '92?