FIELD ARTILLERY: A TIP I LEARNED TODAY IN A TURKISH BATHHOUSE
I met Rachel, a US Army field artillery officer, at the Cağaloğlu hamam today. She told me that the army has shortened its field artillery course from six months to four. Still not short enough: We're all on Twitter now. Fortunately, she understood my new space constraints. "In the line, it's fine," she said, summing it up. Firing outside the line, however, buys you a one-way ticket to Leavenworth.
She was fascinating -- she was a very pretty young woman who was the only woman in her field artillery class, and had the highest kill rate in her combat unit, apparently -- but Claudia reminded me that I was actually there to get a few good quotes about the about renewed Turkish interest in the Ottoman bathhouse tradition, not to learn how to fire field artillery.