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(ABC)   Prince William demands and receives dangerous tour of duty in Iraq. Just kidding, he'll be patrolling the treacherous waters of the Caribbean   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 68
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2008-05-31 08:40:51 PM
Hey, those umbrellas in the fruity drinks can put an eye out.
 
2008-05-31 08:51:19 PM
In a Can? No, wait, that would be Prince Albert. Refrigerator running? Pigs feet? Ah, drtfa.
 
2008-05-31 09:52:23 PM
Well, good. No one is taking changes they might get his entire unit killed trying to keep him out of trouble.
 
2008-05-31 10:00:57 PM
i27.photobucket.com


approves heartily
 
2008-05-31 11:30:11 PM
i191.photobucket.com
 
2008-06-01 12:19:39 AM
Remember, he's the Heir, not the Spare.
 
2008-06-01 12:39:25 AM
What, no joke about fending off the pirates?
 
2008-06-01 12:39:59 AM
At least he's serving unlike the current occupants offspring.
 
2008-06-01 12:40:26 AM
He should take a cue from his bro.
 
2008-06-01 12:41:07 AM
The reason they put him there is because him being in Iraq would put his entire unit in danger. Seriously. He actually wanted to go to Iraq, but they wouldn't let him.

FTA
Prince William is heading to the azure waters of the Caribbean as part of a two-month deployment in the Royal Navy despite his request to be as close as possible to conflict.
 
2008-06-01 12:42:53 AM
steverockson: At least he's serving unlike the current occupants offspring.

I'm sure they're patrolling the Caribbean occasionally also.
 
2008-06-01 12:43:39 AM
They'd never let him get anywhere near the action - he's second in line to the throne. His life is essentially controlled for him - he has no say... he even has to request permission of the Queen to marry.
 
2008-06-01 12:43:49 AM
subby had a fun time failing the minimum IQ test for the service.
 
2008-06-01 12:44:54 AM
They Yellow Jack is just as dangerous as any Mohammedan.
 
2008-06-01 12:46:00 AM
Isn't there some sort of regulation that specifically forbids him from being in active combat?

Also, good for him. Not many multi-billionaire kids have any sense of duty, let alone enlist.

I'm a bit squiffy on the whole monarchy thing, but at least they have some understanding of obligation.
 
2008-06-01 12:46:35 AM
Any cruise ships with diseased people aboard that needs to be sunk?

/Can't let the flu get to the general population.
 
2008-06-01 12:46:46 AM
FTFA: The assignment beginning Monday will see the second in line to the throne spending much of his time trolling the West Indies aboard the HMS Iron Duke, a frigate on hurricane relief duty and counter-narcotics patrol.

so the prince is a farker?
 
2008-06-01 12:47:23 AM
Submitter is nice with the misleading headline, since he actually requested a dangerous mission.
 
2008-06-01 12:47:24 AM
Hosebag: They'd never let him get anywhere near the action - he's second in line to the throne. His life is essentially controlled for him - he has no say... he even has to request permission of the Queen to marry.

The Prince knocks up some Jamaican girl and sparks a Royal coverup in 5, 4, 3, 2...
 
2008-06-01 12:48:58 AM
My wife was deployed about a year and a half before I was. Accordingly, in BDUs, she wore a combat patch and I didn't. It made me want to go mental every time we left for work in the morning. I can imagine how Prince #1 feels since he is a pogue and his little ginger brother has been there and done that, except it's probably worse for him since he is teh ghey.
 
2008-06-01 12:50:14 AM
That's just his cover. They're really sending him on secret missions, like James Bond.
 
2008-06-01 12:55:15 AM
www.the-reel-mccoy.com

Approve

/can't believe nobody did that yet
//ya, rly! wtf, peeple?
///slashies!
 
2008-06-01 12:57:30 AM
TMBGfreak: He should take a cue from his bro.

Because there's plenty of navigable water in Afghanistan that needs to be patrolled.
 
2008-06-01 12:58:52 AM
NoSuchThing 2008-06-01 12:55:15 AM:

[pic]

Approve

/can't believe nobody did that yet
//ya, rly! wtf, peeple?
///slashies!


Excuse me?

SlowTimedRapid 2008-06-01 12:39:25 AM: What, no joke about fending off the pirates?
 
2008-06-01 01:01:40 AM
Face it, he's got it made in life.

/that is all.
 
2008-06-01 01:03:20 AM
Can't really blame him. I mean, who doesn't like going down that waterfall and then floating serenely between two warring pirate ships? Have you ever stood up in that boat to yell "Yaaarrrrr!" only to hear the voice from that darkened sky say, "All patrons must remain seated at all times or be expelled from the theme park."
Huh? Yeah, I didn't think so.

You don't know what it's like.
 
2008-06-01 01:07:10 AM
You'll never live like common people
You'll never do whatever common people do.
You'll never fail like common people.
You'll never watch your life slide out of view,
and dance and drink and screw
 
2008-06-01 01:07:38 AM
-1 for subby... william already did a tour in Afghanistan without complaining about it until some douche reporter reported that he was there which increased the risk to all their troops so they had to pull him out of there.
 
2008-06-01 01:07:48 AM
British people are still in Iraq? I thought they all left. What the hell is Bush blackmailing people with? If I get ahold of his files, I'm taking over the damn planet.
 
2008-06-01 01:09:28 AM
Z1P2: -1 for subby... william already did a tour in Afghanistan without complaining about it until some douche reporter reported that he was there which increased the risk to all their troops so they had to pull him out of there.

Wasn't that his brother?
 
2008-06-01 01:13:44 AM
I'm not sure why there's so many people online who have this "Oh he's getting off easy," attitude. No, actually, it makes sense. If he were the son of the active president of the US, I don't know that they'd allow him to serve at all. It's a bad idea to have the children of leaders in places where they could be captured. It could lead to the leader being compromised in their decision making.

That's the reason the secret service protects the family of the president. They want to make sure they are kidnapped.

Well, similar situation here. While the Queen isn't the head of the British government (the Prime Minister is) she is the chief of state and thus an important political figure. So protection of her family is of concern to the British government. This is particularly true for the heir apparent.

I think it shows some stones on this kid's part that he's actually doing military service. He certainly doesn't have to, and has basically had everything handed to him in life. That he's willing to do so says something of his character, even if the assignment isn't dangerous.

It also should be noted that just because you aren't on dangerous duty, doesn't mean you aren't a valuable member of the military.
 
2008-06-01 01:14:54 AM
Johnny the Man: Z1P2: -1 for subby... william already did a tour in Afghanistan without complaining about it until some douche reporter reported that he was there which increased the risk to all their troops so they had to pull him out of there.

Wasn't that his brother?



Yeah, that was Harry. -1 for ZIP2
 
2008-06-01 01:15:03 AM
ah3133
That's just his cover. They're really sending him on secret missions, like James Bond.

You joke, but that's essentially what they did with his brother. They said he requested a dangerous assignment, got denied and was forced to do some cupcake duty. Next thing ya know, he turns up in the middle of Afghanistan as a forward air controller. It's a bit more unlikely with William, but I wouldn't be shocked to find out that he spent some time on a ship in the Gulf.
 
2008-06-01 01:16:24 AM
I_AM_M: Face it, he's got it made in life.

The hell he has.
He is a prisoner with really good food and no buttxes unless he wants it.
After his father goes tits up, and then his gran (in that order), he's basically done for. After that it's all ribbon cutting and plaque unveiling and doing what the Palace goons tell you to do.

Fark that. The younger brother has all the fun.
 
2008-06-01 01:16:52 AM
I wonder...

After the fuss that happened when his brother's cover was blown, I wonder if the news services over there have been brought back into line re: the Royals. The story does seem almost too perfect...that he requests a dangerous mission, but is rather publically railroaded off to the Caribbean, where, even if they DO run across smugglers (the way the BBC is spinning it) there would be no chance of him in the operation 'if life and limb were in danger' (paraphrasing a RN intereviewed on the BBC tonight).

Anyone else catching the whiff of a feint, the media very loudly telling everyone where he is, while he quietly slips off and goes to do what he wanted to do in the first place?
 
2008-06-01 01:20:52 AM
Nice. Another spoiled political brat saved from the basic duty that all the general military units are exposed to. But i guess it's ok for the common man's son to die.
 
2008-06-01 01:27:24 AM
Bit'O'Gristle: Nice. Another spoiled political brat saved from the basic duty that all the general military units are exposed to.

But for the rest of his life he'll never be able to go out for a pizza with his buddies, pick up an Asian slut, or walk around his house naked and piss in the sink.

What kind of life is that?

/probably has dental though, so he's got that going for him
 
2008-06-01 01:27:26 AM
Bit'O'Gristle

Not always true.

The royal family arranged a deal with the media where Prince Harry was allowed to be deployed in Afghanistan (where he actually did see combat) and in return the media wouldn't report about it and make his unit a walking bullseye. I believe it worked for about 3-4 months until someone leaked it and he had to be brought back to the UK.

So, no, playing the cliched angle of "rich men's sons never have to serve" isn't always correct. The Republican frontrunner for president of the United States has a son serving in Iraq as we speak.
 
2008-06-01 01:28:35 AM
He's not a marine, so not going to be "In country" ever. If he wants conflict, the best he'll get, until Argentina repairs their dinghy, will be patrolling for drug smugglers. It's not like he's being kept away from harm, it's just that the navy isn't likely to be fighting anyone right now.
 
2008-06-01 01:29:13 AM
When McCain wins the election I'm 100% certain McCain's active duty deployed son is going to be put on short rotation and pulled out of combat.

If you don't remember, let me remind you that when John McCain was captured by the Viet Cong Commies, he was used as a POLITICAL hostage because his father was a admiral in the US Navy.

As far as I know, John McCain was the last known offspring of a elite family captured in combat and used as a political propaganda hostage/POW.
 
2008-06-01 01:33:35 AM
He'll probably hit a lot of women that look like Keira Knightley. Then again, the British Royal Crown probably doesn't want any illigiment children come knocking on the door wanting a title.
 
2008-06-01 01:34:58 AM
davidshi123: Bit'O'Gristle

Not always true.

The royal family arranged a deal with the media where Prince Harry was allowed to be deployed in Afghanistan (where he actually did see combat) and in return the media wouldn't report about it and make his unit a walking bullseye. I believe it worked for about 3-4 months until someone leaked it and he had to be brought back to the UK.

So, no, playing the cliched angle of "rich men's sons never have to serve" isn't always correct. The Republican frontrunner for president of the United States has a son serving in Iraq as we speak.


I stand corrected.
 
2008-06-01 01:35:19 AM
SlowTimedRapid: What, no joke about fending off the pirates?

That's serious. What if he's captured by Geoffrey Rush and forced to swab the decks of the Black Pearl?
 
2008-06-01 01:43:32 AM
ah3133: That's just his cover. They're really sending him on secret missions, like James Bond.

The world would be so much cooler if things like that were true.
 
2008-06-01 02:02:46 AM
It's only the cousins that will ever serve on a frontline tour for real(without news blackouts) since they are "expendable"

I do like the fact that they decide his "service" was going to be multi-branch, it sounds like he will have had a taste of everything,from above the sea, to below it.

Any English Farker happen to know if it is possible for a regular person to do that? (all branches, at least?)

I know that in the US once your tour of duty is up you can start over in ONE more service, just not sure if you are allowed to do them all(plus not sure what happens to any rank you may have earned)
 
2008-06-01 02:08:58 AM
Risk the lives of brave soldiers by letting Prince Albert serve in their unit? Bad Idea. Let that mofo cruise Caribbean waters till kingdom come.
 
2008-06-01 02:17:23 AM
Damn I hate the royalty as much as the next guy but that is some unwarranted hate coming from submidiot
 
2008-06-01 02:24:00 AM
machoprogrammer: Submitter is nice with the misleading headline, since he actually requested a dangerous mission.

Despite the fact that the government chickened out (NANNY STATE!!) the prince had some balls to ask to get into the action.
 
2008-06-01 02:26:30 AM
He might be safe from the terrorists, but what of the buggery? There's lots of buggery on the high seas, I'm told!

/I think it's something like scurvy
//just don't treat the affected area with lemon juice - I don't think it'll help
 
2008-06-01 02:28:00 AM
If he's to run the monarchy, he should be exposed to a little combat.
 
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