Danes get a taste of American soldiering
FORT HUACHUCA — “You are definitely not members of the National Danish Shooting Team.”
That’s what one of the EST 2000 range instructors said Monday afternoon, as members of the National Danish Performance Team were given a quick lesson on how to fire Army weapons. And there was no disagreement from the Danes, who had a good laugh at the comment.
There were more misses — showing up as green dots — than hits, which were indicated by red spots. But it didn’t take long for some of the Danes to catch on to the intricacies of shooting. One even registered 36 hits in one of the tests.
Of course, it may have been a little easier for him since he served a short time in the Danish Army. Denmark has a form of draft, which is based on those with lower numbers going in while those with higher numbers usually do not.
Anders Bidstrup is the 29-year-old men’s coach. He served four months in the Army and then had a choice of remaining in service for a longer period or leave and become, in effect, part of the country’s reserves subject to call up “in case we ever go to war,” he said, adding he took the option of leaving the Army to return to civilian life, albeit as a reservist.
On the other hand, 21-year-old Jeppe Nøhr, pulled a high number and wasn’t drafted. Although he said he has an air rifle, he, like the majority of Danes, doesn’t own real weapons. In Denmark, weapon ownership means first either obtaining a hunting license or a harder to obtain special permit, he said. If a person does get a license or permit their weapon has to be locked up in a cabinet, Nøhr said.
So far on the world tour, the performance team has been to Azerbaijan, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan, he said. They have toured places in the United States and are going on to Mexico, Colombia and Brazil before returning to Denmark. Later, the team will take a tour of Europe, Nøhr said.
The goal of the team is to help people understand the importance of “having an active lifestyle,” he said, adding that is what the performance is about. The team will do a number of workshops today for school-age children to help them understand that developing such a lifestyle is healthy, Nøhr said.
Bidstrup said what the audience will see at the 7 p.m. Wednesday performance at Barnes Field House on the post — which is free and open to the public — will be an hour and 45 minute show of fast moving, high energy acts.
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