|“Snowmageddon” from my window…|
I’m just about a week from being able to go home and be with my family. I’ve completed two and a half weeks of Chaplain Initial Military Training (Basic Training for Chaplains), and have learned a lot so far. Today is a day “off” (we don’t get days off… just more time to get work done) because of the ice and snow we received overnight. Down here, a little snow causes big problems. In Michigan, we don’t have much concern for this little accumulation but we have the equipment to move it around and melt it.
A few things I’ve learned this week:
- In the Army, it’s always your fault. Even if it’s not.
- A haircut each week makes the day go much better (and keeps the sergeant happy)
- Not getting a haircut means everyone has an opportunity to “learn” (do push-ups) with you. FYI I was not the one who didn’t get a cut, so not my fault (oh wait, bullet point one…).
- Waking up at 4am means bedtime by 8pm.
- Staying up until 11pm to catch the Grammy’s was not a smart move.
- I am an MRE (Meals Ready to Eat) hoarder…
- The Army seems to enjoy making you do things, just because
- I can rappel down a 40 foot tower and not die, pee, or poop in my pants
- The commando rope obstacle is the spawn of Satan
- Marching can be fun!
- Left-face means LEFT-face (my other left)
- Having chapped lips in the gas chamber leaves one speechless…
- I am better at using a compass than I thought! (Thanks, orienteering merit badge!)