11 photos that show the cramped, uncomfortable places where troops sleep

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sleeping soldierA Navy Chief sleeps between exercises during a combined field training exercise near Azusa, California.Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class Peter Blair/US Navy

  • The rigorous demands and stress of military service often lead to sleep deprivation.
  • Soldiers and sailors endure prolonged periods of training and operations - and they often get creative on where they drift off.
  • That's why they're skilled at sleeping where they can, when they can.
  • From torpedo rooms to tanks, aircraft to truck beds, here are some of the strangest and most uncomfortable places troops nod off.
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1. In ready rooms before heading out on a mission.

1. In ready rooms before heading out on a mission.

2. On location — like this soldier hauling the mattress he'll sleep on later.

2. On location — like this soldier hauling the mattress he'll sleep on later.

3. Torpedo rooms on US submarines.

3. Torpedo rooms on US submarines.

Junior members of submarine crews are often required to "hot rack," where another crewmember sleeps in their bunk while they are on duty.

Sailors draped towels over themselves to shield them from the lights.

Sailors draped towels over themselves to shield them from the lights.

4. On aircraft.

4. On aircraft.

5. Tanks.

5. Tanks.

6. Armored vehicles.

6. Armored vehicles.

7. In a field of artillery shells.

7. In a field of artillery shells.

8. In the shade provided by vehicles, sometimes using each other as pillows.

8. In the shade provided by vehicles, sometimes using each other as pillows.

9. During field training, in sleeping bags in sub-freezing temperatures.

9. During field training, in sleeping bags in sub-freezing temperatures.

10. Small boat operations are extremely dangerous. But when they're not launching their boats, US sailors sometimes use them to catnap.

10. Small boat operations are extremely dangerous. But when they're not launching their boats, US sailors sometimes use them to catnap.
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