I could do that easily enough. For some reason the mattress I have likes to slide around on the box springs. The sizes don’t match and the bed frame is larger than the mattress leaving this nice gap between the edges and the walls at both head and side. Just the right size down which to lose books, pillows or forgotten PT clothes.
But I really didn’t want to have to discuss crawling under the bed to retrieve books. No, the issue is bunk beds. A way to rack and stack a large number of soldiers in a space to small to have individual beds or cots.
Sometimes we have them in permanent quarters, such as the barracks buildings here, the Alaskas on Marmal or the MODs at Kandahar. Even more frequently, it is a way to shove large numbers in an RSOI tent.
Few, if any, voluntarily take the upper bunk. The bottom is just so much easier. And, if the place is not full – you might just get to put your gear on the top bunk or string up a poncho liner to provide the illusion of privacy.
All of this leads to my original point. You put enough people in bunk beds and someone is going to fall. It might be getting out of bed in the middle of the night. Rolling over and falling out is not all that common in adults but it could happen. Whether or not you get hurt is going to depend on the floor composition and the geometry of the space on the side that you fall. You might be lucky; then again you might not.
As you have probably guessed, we have had some soldiers fall out of the top bunk over the last year and not do well. Skull fracture = not doing well. Now, cracking your skull is not a good thing, but wanting to put bed rails on 35k bunks might not be all that smart either. I am attempting to hold off knee jerk reactions.
First, I want to know how many people actually have fallen out of bed, how many got injured and what kind of injuries. Then we look at the people to see if they were at increased risk (already injured, on medications, etc). I just keep thinking that kids past the age of 10 usually stop falling out of bed. If they do, there is usually an underlying reason. You would think someone might just wake up as they fall.
And for most of us, the head is not the heaviest part of the body. If it was me, I would have a sore butt for a long time given that my head is empty.