who are not only the general run of brave, intelligent and capable, we might consider buying them reinforced underwear for their outsized balls. And keep in mind these are not all of them, just the onces that actually get written notice. God knows what some troops have done that we'll not hear about.
And found this through Ace of Spades just now about some British Marines:
Unwilling to leave behind one of their number following a retreat, the commandos strapped themselves to the small stabiliser wings of two Apache helicopters and returned into the midst of a fierce gunfight with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
Think about that for a minute. Think about those small wings, then think about strapping yourself onto one- on a gunship that going to draw fire like blood draws sharks- and flying in.