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Captured by your enemy. It's something that no soldier wants to think about, much less experience. Unfortunately for one U.S. soldier fighting in Equestria, that's exactly what happens. At the mercy of the ponies, he will have to resist their attempts to extract information from him, and hope that he'll see freedom again.
(Language warning for those who care.)

Many thanks to my prereader, Cosmic Cowboy, for letting me bounce ideas off him, and not letting me upload garbage.
Cover art by the awesome (and patient) Erindor.
Appeared in the feature box for a brief time on 10/11/2015. I have no words...

Chapters (18)
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Comments ( 597 )

US soldiers are trained to stand up to interrogation right?

5772788 In my experience, no. I never received any interrogation specific training. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

5773077 Yeah. Most of real life interrogation stories I have read about have been from around WW2. Considering the Axis powers interrogation methods not a ton of soldiers cracked.

5772788

Only soldiers at probable risk of being captured. SOF, pilots, etc.

5773787 You're thinking of SERE. The basics are told to everybody. Name, rank, number, nothing else.

Duran needs to keep his cool, which he is not doing right now.

5774870

I know what I was referring to, thanks. I don't consider the Code of Conduct to be "training to stand up to interrogation".

A line grunt is not gonna stand up to torture, or even enhanced interrogation, no matter how many times they recited Article V. What unit are you in?

5775762 Nobody withstands torture indefinitely, but no grunt is "little." He knows his obligations, and he will break or not based on his willpower, constitution, and abilities.

And do not waste your time trying to intimidate me.

5775765

I said line as in a line unit. And I'm not trying to intimidate you, I just wanted to know where you got your information from, whether it was from personal military experience, which I find unlikely, or otherwise. And If you're getting that defensive over the question, I can safely assume the answer.

5775772 Your condescension does you no credit. Even if he had training he would break eventually. If they have long enough, he is going to break.

Not having special training does not assure he will sing like a jaybird any more than having it assures he won't break no matter what he endures.

I have relatives who have served, and they're very information. Now, since we're sharing, what was your unit?

5775784

Your condescension does you no credit.

And your arrogance doesn't do you any.

Even if he had training he would break eventually. If they have long enough, he is going to break.

Not having special training does not assure he will sing like a jaybird any more than having it assures he won't break no matter what he endures.

Yeah, some people are gonna break faster than others. However, going through SERE is an absolute gut check, mentally and physically. It's the closest thing to really being tortured that you could possibly endure, and it will push you to your breaking point and past it. A soldier who hasn't gone through it is going to have a fear of the unknown, which is the worst part of an interrogation, as well as being completely unused to stress positions, starvation and thirst, psychological ploys and so on. So yeah, the guy who's gone through SERE is going to have a better chance of not divulging information, keeping their morale high, and even surviving.

I have relatives who have served, and they're very information. Now, since we're sharing, what was your unit?

Your relatives gave you bad information. Unless you're in a special operations unit, aviation, some aviation support and a smattering of other positions, the most "interrogation training" you're going to get is some Sergeant telling you, "Here's the code of conduct. Read it."

And I was in the 11th ACR, currently inprocessing at a Military Information Support Battalion (Airborne), though I won't divulge which one. Satisfied?

5773077

You've served, so would you mind if I asked why a Colonel is leading a squad-sized patrol? Dude needs to be in the brigade TOC where he belongs. No disrespect meant, so I hope you don't take it the wrong way, I'm curious as to whether there's a reason for it or not.

5775784
5775808
You can carry this on here. This story will probably attract more people if the comments aren't distracting and off-topic.

5775886

I fail to see how a discussion about interrogation training (the subject of the story) of soldiers (the protagonist of the story) is off topic.

Go shill your group somewhere else.

5775886 We'll probably take it to telegrams if it gets heated. A polite request was all that was required.

5775808

No, it doesn't, does it?

Aye, but he doesn't need SERE to just keep his head on straight in a basic sense.

I do not recall saying my relatives told me grunts receive SERE or specialized training.

No, I am not, but that's a different issue.

Goes to read story...

Sees comments involving an incomprehensibly heated internet penis measuring contest about military knowledge.

Nopes away.

5776127

You're right about that. Yeah, any soldier could and should be able to resist. But it's like a guitar player who practices a song over and over versus one who reads the sheet music for the first time. One is gonna be a lot better than the other at keeping the tune.


5776286

I doubt you were that interested in the story if comments about the military somehow triggered you.

5776571 I'm not talking about resisting torture. I'm talking about basic composure.

5776657

Well why didn't you say so? :rainbowlaugh:

You're absolutely right.

5776666 To be honest? I thought my meaning was somewhat obvious. :twilightblush:

He needs to keep his **** together, not react to provocation, and remember whose flag is on his uniform.

5772788 Drama inbound O_o

5775847 Yes, I realize it's odd that a Col would be leading a patrol like that. It was my intention that Nelson be one of those 'hands on' kind of officers that like to get down and dirty once and a while. While those tend to be rare, I've come across a couple .

5776787

Gotcha, thanks for the explanation.

I briefly considered trying to get my shackled arms over her head, to take her as a hostage

I don't think Duran realizes that she's the most dangerous being in the room.

If half the things I’d heard about her were true, the last place I wanted her was behind me

Although it looks like Molestia rumors have spread pretty widely over in Earth.

This is a very interesting and unique story. I can't wait to read about what happens next.

5777549 You, have just made my day. Thank you.

5777636 No problem my friend. Keep up the good work! :twilightsmile:

Great story! Can't wait for more.

I am enjoying the story as well. POW status will actually be very beneficial for him when he finally comes back home. There are a ton of veterans benefits that are much easier for former POWs to get.

Please keep the story going, it's fairly unique on this site I think.

Dude your story is perfect so far don't... fuck... it... up..........

Bye! :pinkiecrazy:

The guard must have had enough of my staring, because he coughed and said, “See something you like?”
“Dude, have you seen yourself?” I know I shouldn’t have said anything, but I couldn’t help it.
My question must have caught by surprise, since he didn’t give me a real answer. “Uuhhh…”
“You look fucking awesome!”

This is my favorite thing. This guy is a gem among HiE's.

“See something you like?”

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I look forward to him trying to pet his interrogators.

A fic of humans vs ponies where ponies don´t behave like nazis and the human protagonist is funny? go on.

>Captured by your enemy. It's something that no soldier wants to think about, much less experience. Unfortunately for one U.S. soldier fighting in Equestria, that's exactly what happens. At the mercy of the ponies, he will have to resist their attempts to extract information from him, and hope that he'll see freedom again.

Overpowered ponies... That's just sucks.

Awesome so far, though I pretty much expected it to be. So cook to see some authentic behaviors from soldiers. My one complaint, and it's a very small one, is this:

*clang*

Using asterisk-tagged actions seems very strange for a story written in prose style. But considering this is a single word I didn't like in the whole chapter, I'd say we have a winner.

this is why we should still issue cyanide pills I would rather die then be taken prisoner :pinkiecrazy:

You... left your editor's notes in the chapter at the end.

5819251 I... feel so dumb right now. :facehoof: Thank you for pointing that out.

JBL

Urgh, that whole shtick about "hooman eats apple from Sweet Apple Acres and promptly freaks out about how awesomely awesome it is" has gotten old a long time ago.

Other than that, fairly interesting chapter, though nothing really new has been added.

Ah, good ole SERE training. Name, rank and serial number. Love it

The best way to resist interrogation repeat useless information

Good man, Corporal. Accept no deals, make no promises, give no statements. Let the little quadrupeds fume.

How long until they pull out a Want It Need It spell?

How long until they pull out the mind reading stuff? Equestria has an oddly large amount of mind related spells. it is quick, clean and rather easy.

5821434 How long until they "reform" him?

5819843 Or answer with I'm sorry, but I'm afraid I cannot answer that."
Example:

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