What's it like sitting in a missile silo in North Dakota waiting for the go-ahead to launch Armageddon?

What's it like sitting in a missile silo in North Dakota waiting for the go-ahead to launch Armageddon?
Is there a more boring or pointless job in the world?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I have the launch keys. Who wants them?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      ill give you tree fiddy

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        About three fiddy...

        I have the launch keys. Who wants them?

        Are you that lock ness monsta?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I hear the codes are all 00001 or some shit and theres no real code

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Seems cozy

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >guy on right seconds later

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      based C&C poster

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/EVhV0A3.jpg

        >guy on right seconds later

        Is it done Yuri?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      based

      [...]
      Is it done Yuri?

      no comrade premier..

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >pointless
    Obviously there is definitely a point. I'd imagine these days it must be easier for the right person, they can find NEETs who'd love to sit in a isolated underground space all day and watch anime and play games and still unhesitatingly launch on command.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Well 30 minutes tops after the launch the bunker is going to get hit with a few enemy nukes and there is no escape plus you just killed millions of people, seems kinda shitty

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Well 30 minutes tops after the launch the bunker is going to get hit with a few enemy nukes and there is no escape
        There's no escape for most and that's only in the incredibly low probability event that it even happens. Also Russian nukes are probably total shit if they even still work, even if they aim at your bunker and it'll go off odds high it'll be a half mile away and a surface burst.

        >plus you just killed millions of people
        SAVED millions of people. MY people, who are good, not retarded vatniks or bugs who should have rebelled against their mad kings before it came to nuclear warfare if they wanted to live.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          American silos are basically giant target decoys. This is because they are armed with the old minuteman ICBMs and the fact that they are top priority targets in the event of a full scale launch. Every single warhead sent to take out a silo (and you need atleast a dozen to guarantee a kill) is one less warhead aimed at a city, they're also all in the middle of nowhere. The real killers are the trident ICBMs carried by submarines that are impossible to track and can fire a retaliatory strike at the enemy's coastline making it harder to defend against since its not launched half a world away, as well as the plane carried warheads that are on board stealth bombers.
          On a related note, here is a write up made by a nuke anon a few years back detailing nuclear strategy
          https://pastebin.com/cWs6A7rR

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Interesting read, spirit of oppenheimer approved. Thanks anon

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It’s all about having redundancy in strike capability. Although you may think submarines are basically invulnerable, it’s a big fear of anybody concerned with them that at some point (or perhaps it’s already happened) the oceans may become “transparent” and allow the enemy to pinpoint submarines with deadly accuracy. Missile silos aren’t there to absorb warheads (when your dealing with 10s of thousands of warheads like you were during the Cold War the couple hundred sent towards silos is worthless), they’re there to provide another part of the nuclear triad and supplement both the US’s first and second strike capability.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >Although you may think submarines are basically invulnerable, it’s a big fear of anybody concerned with them that at some point (or perhaps it’s already happened) the oceans may become “transparent” and allow the enemy to pinpoint submarines with deadly accuracy.
              Delete this.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                No. It’s a legitimate concern for militaries around the world that a fundamental part of their nuclear deterrence could be sniped during a first strike scenario by a nuclear depth charge because the ocean doesn’t hide things as well as we think it does.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                It's sheer hubris to think the ocean would give up any of her secrets so easily

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                What is the state of submarine detection using space based synthetic aperture radar?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      These days the launch crews are mostly women.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Euro here. Does North Dakota have non-white people (pic)? Did not know that

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Lot of native american reservations in the dakotas

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      they have half white trailer park indians, but no that guy is probably some mulato from Texas who joined the air force and thought his his recruiter promised he was gonna be a pilot.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is from the 2020 census for ND. All the blacks are Somalis brought in during Obama. Most of the white population is Swedish/Norwegian/Anglo/German (but mostly Nordic).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They were selected for the photo op, I'm sure. You can't photograph white people doing things unless they're being racist.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >chairs not only swivel, but are also on a track so you can slide across the floor without tipping over
    >at a job that's probably 99% down time
    How much fucking around do you think gets done in those chairs?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Wholy fuck this is the best take on anything in x

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They drill pretty much constantly and promotion is based on not fucking a single thing up so it's not as comfy as you'd possibly think AFAIK

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >What's it like sitting in a missile silo in North Dakota waiting for the go-ahead to launch Armageddon?
    A lot of them work on online master's degrees while sitting unnaground, normal internet access was added a few years ago. They also can get intimate with their shift partner. It's seggs central down there.
    >Is there a more boring or pointless job in the world?
    Once qualified they make $80,000 a year. When they pin on Captain at 3.5 to 4 years in, they make $100,000/yr. Major, $125,000/yr. Not a bad gig considering they get a free TS clearance out of it and can move up to Skyking/Looking Glass/NAOC aircrew after their initial tour. Hardly pointless compared to working at McCuck's.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        How the fuck is she supposed to see the screen to know if it's time to push the button? If it IS time to push the button how is she supposed to see the right one?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Is that a Chinese spy?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Looks like asa akira

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Imagine getting stuck in a bunker with one of these and having to bump uglies with them

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >A job with ridiculous downtime and you can and probably will get in on with your coworkers.
      >These goblins are your coworkers
      The military has a fucked up sense of humor, but it definitely has one.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Most of them aren’t pretty, but I’ll never forget that the hottest girl I saw in high school was some mega JROTC nerd. Her body was insane and she was really pretty. She put every other girl to shame. I think she joined the army.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Her body was insane and she was really pretty.
          >I think she joined the army.
          then you know what inevitably happened to her right...

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No, what happened?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i would absolutely wreck number 2 and 13.

      But i would wife the hell out of 22, such a QT

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        28 would clean up nice

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Only sensible choice

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >13
        Nah. That frumpy flightsuit is barely hiding it but she's already well on the way towards the traditional mid-20's mexican female transition towards being a fat abuela.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        23 for me.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        8 looks like shes into girls and has a nice boobs

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        > 15

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >15

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      literally not a single one of those women are attractive

      and half of them are mystery meat or black

      bros...i fear for the military...

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why all the black wimmen segregated?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        They is a black sista on the far right craka

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I'd fuck all the white ones. Even that short haired dyke with glasses. I would never touch the non-whites though.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Even that short haired dyke with glasses
        Desperation is a bad look anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Probably chose women cos women are cunts and would probably lunch nukes. Men might not

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I toured one in Wyoming and it seemed pretty comfy

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I imagine it's just 3 to 4 years of Staff Duty tier conditions.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My grandfather‘s friend out in Sydney Nebraska was a Keman back in the mid 70s and that line from Wargames is true you are essentially responsible for the death of no less than 20 million people there is a psychological background test and on top of that you can also be fired if you have a discrepancy in the belief that your higher ups could be crazy .

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >there is a psychological background test
      That's called Personnel Reliability Program (PRP). It's not as comprehensive as you might think. There's questions asking are you a communist, have you ever been hypnotized, would you feel comfortable launching a nuclear missile if ordered to by your superiors, etc. In the early 2000's some people intentionally failed the initial PRP screening so they could get reclassed into other officer specialties. That became an unsafe skate when they discharged (instead of reclassing) a few new lieutenants for PRP unsuitability and those Lts had to pay back their entire AFROTC scholarships/USAFA tuition ($200,000 ... good with that English degree)
      The main point of PRP is continuous monitoring throughout your whole nuclear career and they'll PRP decertify you if you become schizophrenic or alcohol abuse, etc. But there's nothing like penis inspection in an interrogation room to find out your dreaded mild 4chaim frogposting autismrinos.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yes but can they find the clitoris?

        >Sidney Nebraska
        I’m sorry for his loss. Even by area standards that place is a shithole.

        There are shit holes in this world and then there is Nebraska

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Sidney Nebraska
      I’m sorry for his loss. Even by area standards that place is a shithole.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What is this? Who is this?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That's where the the post launch whiskey is stored.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    I lived in Moorhead and West Fargo but traveled all around the state working for North Dakota Grain Inspection.
    If you think Fargo/ND is a shithole (you’d be right in regards to weather and geography) then you don’t know how well you have it.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Could be worse.. you could be paid to shill on PrepHole or even better do it for free.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >molemen cargo cult

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >molemen cargo cult
      W-wait do you know something about the U.S. SUBTERRANEAN FORCE H.Q. Ft. Lee VA?

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It absolutely blows my mind that there are 150 of these sitting around in farmers fields protected by nothing more than a chain link fence. I guess they were planned in the 1950's before google earth and like others have said in the thread they are basically cheap nuke magnets but still crazy to think they are just there.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >protected by nothing more than a chain link fence
      Go test that theory anon. I double dog dare you to.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        https://i.imgur.com/SNeBVeh.jpg

        It absolutely blows my mind that there are 150 of these sitting around in farmers fields protected by nothing more than a chain link fence. I guess they were planned in the 1950's before google earth and like others have said in the thread they are basically cheap nuke magnets but still crazy to think they are just there.

        In the uk cops do security in nuke power plants and I am guessing these types of bases. I wouldn't want the job tho these people probably get radiated.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Looks unmanned and empty to me?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I think that's the point

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/7rZfTpN.jpg

      >protected by nothing more than a chain link fence
      Go test that theory anon. I double dog dare you to.

      They have a greater protection than Fort Knox and the White House combined

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/7rZfTpN.jpg

      >protected by nothing more than a chain link fence
      Go test that theory anon. I double dog dare you to.

      [...]
      They have a greater protection than Fort Knox and the White House combined

      Someone's always watching them through more means than you realize. Kids get busted all the time trying to get in to deactivated ones. They'll either catch you before you can get close or they'll catch you before you get out, but at that point your more liable to be shot and killed if it is even remotely active. Your family and friends will probably be getting knocks on their doors too. And say goodbye to any electronics you may have had on you in the attempt.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        So how are they watched? I'm in Italy and curious to go look at one of the sites they got here

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >So how are they watched?
          They know you want to watch before you do. You may not like it, but the US is 6 million years ahead in military tech. The US military & government holds the keys to the meaning of life & death, has both friendly & evil alien helpers (ET/FNORD), psychic "remote viewing" spie's, time travel tech, fleets of reverse-engineered antigravity alien tech "TR-3B Black Triangle" flying ship's powered by element 115, communication with ghosts the afterlife & the unborn, triple-barreled M551A666 PsychoSheridan tank's, 75th Rangers exoskeleton-hip-fired gyro-stabilised 120mm infantry mortar's with pinpoint accuracy during 25mph sprint, access to other "parallel" universe's, NSA/DARPA GGGQEP quantum ∞(±6^∀)Petahertz microprocessors to eavesdrop on every single electronic & non-electronic communication in the world even sign language underneath 1km of EMF Kevlar, "Rods from God" (just 1 orbital tungsten telephone pole = two Czar Bombas), the 300,000-strong "Fighting Molemen" U.S. SUBTERRANEAN FORCE, FT LEE VA (the secret "7th branch" existing since 1899), quantum IFVs, "phase-shifting" Armored Recovery Vehicles, new "Stealth" tech that makes jet's invisible to Radar. Shoulder-fired ASAT missiles. Stealth field kitchens. This is publicized in Stargate SG1, scientific research publication Popular Science, only a fraction of the more spooky & shadowy stuff not listed above is merely hinted at in Marvel Cinematic Universe™, history documentary Red Alert 2, time travel documentary Life is Strange (David Madsen was a rogue DIA test subject), but the pardoned parcel is the US of A is at least 6 million years ahead in military tech even without the help of alien's. It is 6 million years ahead though the exact number fluctuates due to the activities of the US Military Time Travel Program underneath Barksdale, A.F.B. , L. A. , this 6 million years ahead is a universally agreed-upon average by the world & intergalactic/ET scientific communities.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            wow she's wheelie cute

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >time travel documentary Life is Strange (David Madsen was a rogue DIA test subject)

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >protected by nothing more than a chain link fence
      There’s an entire security team in humvees minutes away that respond to the multitude of perimeter alarms. The fence is just there to let you know that it’s a place you are not supposed to be. Even if you can get past the fence it doesn’t matter because 99% of the installation is underground. By the time you’re through the fence and trying to figure out what to do next, AF security is pumping streams of .50 and .223 into your body

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      No way for you to get in, in a reasonable amount of time before the gunship and security team arrives.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    People misunderstand what (would) happen in a nuclear war. First you hit their nuclear 1st-strike capability. Known silo locations, active TEL positions, etc. Maybe nuclear subs too, but that would be done by a trailing attack sub.

    After this initial exchange, both sides will have a chance to decide if they are able to continue fighting. Do they have a meaningful second strike capability? Are there enough surviving nuke subs in position? Are the nuke bombers ready to go? Are the reserve TELs in shape to deploy? Etc. Most countries DON’T have a nuclear triad, and those countries stop here and accept their L. Those which do can decide if they can still win.

    In the best case scenario, one side declares the L and sues for a halt. The nuclear devastation stops here with no major population centers hit, no mass loss of life, and the economy still functional. If both sides decide to keep going, the target list opens up a lot, but population centers are really the very last targets to hit, and both sides probably wants things to settle before it comes to that.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      except this assumes all players (world leaders) are rational actors and not MKulta'd satan worshipers or reptilian hybrids

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Except nuclear war favors the guy who can deliver the knock out blow first, meaning the more nukes you send flying towards targets and the faster you can do that the better. If the side that initiates first strike is incapable of scoring a knock out blow in the first turn then they are in for a bad time.

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My father was a missile launch officer for the Minuteman IIIs in the late 60's. He said they pretty much just sat in the chair and read books 99% of the time. The most excitement that ever happened was when his partner thought he heard the commies in one of the tunnels or some shit. Said the guy drew his snub nose .38 they carried around and started to crawl around looking for them. He reported it, a bunch of MPs showed up and they never saw the guy again.

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    If your nuke launch partner went out to grab a snack, and you’re there alone with your key. Would you put the key in and turn it just for fun? It won’t launch any nukes anyways, might as well see what it feels like. I’d do it.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      And then that is logged by the computer and you get your ass chewed out and placed on toilet cleaning duty.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        that's why you use your friend's key :^)

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >placed on toilet cleaning duty.

        Not for an officer

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It wouldn’t even turn.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      that's why you use your friend's key :^)

      They put you in jail for being 12 years old.

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It is as fun of the place as North Dakota in general

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      https://i.imgur.com/SNeBVeh.jpg

      It absolutely blows my mind that there are 150 of these sitting around in farmers fields protected by nothing more than a chain link fence. I guess they were planned in the 1950's before google earth and like others have said in the thread they are basically cheap nuke magnets but still crazy to think they are just there.

      can these things actually tank a direct nuclear hit?
      How far underground are they?
      Or is their job not only to fire off a missile but take the L on receiving a missile directly on their forehead instead of it going to a populated city?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        These bunkers are just built into the ground. They're made so that nobody can force their way in. Nuclear protection, not so much. I mean, it'd make a helluva fallout shelter, but if you get hit with a nuke with any appreciable accuracy, your number's getting punched then and there.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >can these things actually tank a direct nuclear hit?
        You'd honestly be surprised how easy that is to do. A few feet of dirt followed by a layer of reinforced concrete and presto changeo you've got a bunker that will survive a nuclear blast for an actually halfway decent price.
        Given how quickly the initial radiation dies off, realistically these are a massively powerful investment for the military especially with how easily they can build them in the midwest.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tons of drills and checklists keeps one busy.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    How do they even know these systems work if they've never been used before?

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    IDK, could be exiting

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      this screenshot gives me some deja vu, whats it from?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Wargames, ~1980s film.

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I guarantee you someone has posted to PrepHole from one of those silos

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      haha that would be weird anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      If only you knew how much sf and the missileers signposted on here

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I bet there is a bunker and escape tunnels for the staff to help then survive. Otherwise this should be done remotely.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >I bet there is a bunker and escape tunnels for the staff to help then survive.

      Nope

      >Otherwise this should be done remotely.

      Nope. The whole point is humans turn they keys.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      from memory if you survived the exchange (you wouldn't lmao) there were military police tasked with breaking and entering into the old lcc's to retrieve the missileers, under the assumption that the area around the lcc might be so heavily irradiated it'd be unsafe to leave.

      again though, you wouldn't survive the exchange as you'd be targeted directly.

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Chairs look comfy at least.

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What's with the double locked box on the wall, and why is there some chick's photo on one of the locks?

  28. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Wouldn't mind one of those chairs for my battlestation, they look comfy.

  29. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What's it like sitting on a missile ?

  30. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You mean more comfy job? I don't think so.

  31. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Russia's performance in Ukraine illustrates that slacking on ""boring"" jobs like this (maintenance, logistics, manning key weapons systems, stringent accounting to prevent corruption etc) is how you end up stuck with a military that's rotted to the core when the "exciting" shit kicks off.

  32. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You guys think they ever prank each other. If I was there I would run out of the radar room all upset looking and shit and tell the boys shit russia just lunched a nuke most of usa is dead bros.

    Or go to the eating place and shout did you guys just hear we just lunched a nuke. Or some shit like that. Maybe soap up the door knobs so people would have a hard time opening doors.

    What other pranks could you play in others while in that base?

    Maybe dress up as a russian commando and pretend you are there to capture the place lol

  33. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    They do a lot of drills, studying, and exams to keep them occupied. The exams are key because that’s how they move up in rank and pay. Other than that it’s just like any other “sit and wait for something to happen” type of job

  34. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I just rewatched WarGames because of this thread.

    It's an incredibly gnomish movie. Not that it has any subversive messaging, just that there are so many fucking garden gnomes in the cast and crew.

  35. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I was at a soviet nuclear silo museum, the radio dispatcher had a 2x2 meter office with nothing but a table and a chair and a shitty radio that he had to listen to all shift through all the static. In case he had to pee, he had to use a bottle.

  36. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    probably isnt a more thankless job

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