The question often pops up after the third beer. “Where is the world’s worst septic tank located?” Participants in the conversation would be limited to current and former members of the armed forces of the United States.
Combat zones are not eligible for the title since the difference between the aroma of one Third World cesspool is difficult to appreciate over another while receiving fire. Answers will vary according to the speaker’s branch. “GITMO,” a Marine will insist, referring to the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.“Ft. Pu…, no Ft. Polk, La.,” a retired Army sergeant offers.
“I got you all beat,” the sailor says. “I spent three years one month on Diego Garcia. And you don’t want to know where it is.”The retired Air Force veteran raises his beer mug with a hand wearing the signs of frostbite.
“Thule, Greenland. If you get orders for there, make sure all your attachments are sewn on tight, cause they’re likely to get frozen off.”
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