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Action upon encountering a snake - The Differential Theory

Infantry: Snake smells them, leaves area.
Airborne: Lands on and kills the snake.
Armour: Runs over snake, laughs, and looks for more snakes.
Aviation: Has Global Positioning Satellite co-ordinates to snake. Can't find snake. returns to base for refuel, crew rest and manicure.
Commando: Plays with snake, then eats it.
Field Artillery: Kills snake with massive Time-On-Target barrage with three regiments in support. Kills several hundred civilians as unavoidable collateral damage. Mission is considered a success and all participants (i.e., cooks, mechanics and clerks) are awarded service medals.
Special Forces: Makes contact with snake, ignores all Department of Foreign Affairs directives and Theatre Commander Rules of Engagement by building rapport with snake and winning its heart and mind. Trains it to kill other snakes. Files enormous travel settlement upon return.
Combat Engineer: Studies snake. Prepares in-depth doctrinal thesis in obscure 5 series Field Manual about how to defeat snake using counter mobility assets. Complains that manoeuvre forces don't understand how to properly conduct doctrinal counter-snake ops.
Navy Landing Party: Expends all ammunition and calls for naval gunfire support in failed attempt to kill snake. Snake bites sailors and retreats to safety. Hollywood makes fantasy film in which US Navy SEALS kill religious extremist snakes.
Navy: Fires missiles from various types of ships, kills snake and makes presentation to Senate Appropriations Committee on how Naval forces are the most cost-effective means of anti-snake force projection.
SASR: Kills snake by accident while looking for souvenirs. Local civilians demand removal of all Australian Defence Force from Area of Operations.
Cavalry: Follows snake, gets lost, buys sunglasses.
Air Battle Controllers: Guides snake elsewhere.
Combat Medics: Wounds snake in initial encounter, then works feverishly to save snake's life.
Ordnance: (NOTICE: Your anti-snake equipment is on backorder.)
Transport pilot: Receives call for anti-snake equipment, delivers two weeks after due date.
Macchi pilot: Misidentifies snake as enemy Mil-24 Hind helicopter and engages with missiles. Crew chief paints snake kill on aircraft.
F/A-18 pilot: Finds snake, drops two CBU-87 cluster bombs, and misses snake target, but get direct hit on Chinese Embassy 100 Km East of snake due to weather (Too Hot also Too Cold, Was Clear but too overcast, Too dry with Rain, Unlimited ceiling with low cloud cover etc.) Claims that purchasing multimillion dollar, high-tech snake-killing device will enable it in the future to kill all snakes and achieve a revolution in military affairs.
AH-64 Apache pilot: Unable to locate snake, snakes don't show well on infra-red. Infra-red only operable in desert Areas of Operations without power lines or SAMs.
UH-60 Blackhawk pilot: Finds snake on fourth pass after snake builds bonfire, pops smoke, lays out VS 17 to mark Landing Zone. Rotor wash blows snake into fire.
F-111 pilot: Pulls ARCLIGHT mission on snake, kills snake and every other living thing within two miles of target.
Medium gun crew: Lays in target co-ordinates to snake in 20 seconds, but can't receive authorization from Melbourne Air Traffic Control to use high-trajectory weapons.
Intelligence officer: Snake? What snake? Only four of 35 indicators of snake activity are currently active. We assess the potential for snake activity as LOW.
Legal Corps: Snake declines to bite, citing grounds of professional courtesy.
Construction Engineers: Build pub, gut and stuff snake, mount over bar, name pub "The Snakepit".
Petroleum Handlers: Catch snake, introduce free snake with every full tank promotion.
Military Police: Wait for somebody else to capture snake, beat up snake, deny responsibility.
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