Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 10

25 October 2000

This week has been insane.  We got lots of mandatory training out of the way.  On Monday, we did the Teamwork Development Course (TDC).  We were broken up by squad for 4 different obstacles.  I’m so glad my squad is full of strong guys!  Each obstacle represented a “mission”, and there were lots of rules about what we could and couldn’t do.  Everything was painted black and white, and we got a 10-second penalty if we touched any white part.  Our first obstacle involved getting over a 12-foot wall, with the bottom 5 feet painted white, then getting from the top of the wall down to a chain bridge of sorts.  It’s hard to describe.  Touching the ground gave us a 10-second penalty, also.  We had 1 wooden plank and a length of rope, and we also had to carry a 35-pound box of ammunition (fake, of course) over the wall and across the bridge.  It was very tricky, but our squad really bonded and did well. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 10”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 9

18 October 2000

I can’t begin to tell you how infuriating it is to be pushed beyond your physical limits.  Most people think they’re giving an exercise their all, but they’re really at a 7 or 8 level.  I’m talking about being pushed so far that you can’t help crying.  It feels horrible.  A drill sergeant from another platoon just smoked us, and it was agonizing.  It’s so frustrating when they yell at you to get off the ground and your body just refuses to respond. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 9”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 8

15 October 2000
1515 hrs

I’m doing okay today.  It really could be worse here.  I’m glad I’ve been able to write fairly often, because it’s all a blur to me, and I can hardly remember anything we’ve done the day before.

I went to church this morning, and choir practice before that.  Church was a nice break.  I felt good by the end of the service, though I was trying not to cry in the middle.  No particular reason, I just felt so far from home, set down in an alien world.  I’m nervous about Victory Tower tomorrow.  We got issued all of our gear today: Kevlar (helmet), rucksack, poncho, etc.  Everything’s old and filthy.  We’re supposed to get everything squared away on our LCE, and no one is really sure how to do it. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 8”

Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 7

13 October 2000
1050 hrs

It’s N***’s birthday today, the poor thing.  I’ll probably be crying on mine.  This sucks.  You can’t even scratch your face without getting into trouble for it.  Self-discipline.  I will be highly disciplined.  Or insane.  But I can do this.  Our first PT test is tomorrow.  I’m not looking forward to running 2 miles.  I’m in a class on environmentalism right now, and it is so boring.  Did I mention that squad leaders eat last?  So we have the least time to eat.  *sigh*  There’s a male in our platoon who’s from Landover who says he’s seen me shopping at our Safeway!  How weird!  My squad’s not too bad.  There are a few who already think I’m a bitch and one who seems to have a slight crush on me. Continue reading “Flashback Fridays: Army Basic Training, Part 7”