It's been awhile since we last saw Skyler go out in one of his annual Army "trips", and now seems like a good time to go back to familiar territory.
While packing, he decides to bring a little souvenir from his last outing. Talk about your unsubtle foreshadowing there.
You knew this was going to happen. He (probably) knew this was going to happen. And he went anyways.
Given the shape of the ship, you'd think Skyler would've been scared off right off the bat, but no dice. Selective blindness is a required trait for these strips.
Better get used to Skyler washing dishes. That's going to be a reoccurring theme.
You know, as detailed as Jeff MacNelly was in drawing military vehicles, I doubt the accuracy of some of these features.
Ah, yes. Nothing like being reduced to cannon fodder to make a private feel valued.
Mathematicians - the worst enemy the army can potentially face.
This far in, Skyler finally decides to write to his Uncle Cosmo about his daily activities. (Which will no doubt be heavily redacted before being sent out.)
In case it's not entirely clear, the cooks are throwing potatoes into the propellers to be chopped up rapidly. Yummy! The Seashank Hawk MXII - it slices! It dices! It chops juvenile fries! Oh, and shoots down enemy targets too, I guess.
This is the closest activity Skyler has that is remotely related to vacation time on military time.
Surprisingly enough, despite all of Skyler's aborted attempts at escape, the one successful scheme that he had no active part in was what got him back home early.
And this is all the downtime Skyler gets after coming back from his "vacation".