I met my leader at the armory early Tuesday (Jan. 15) morning with my family beside me. We were briefed on everything I would be going through. Shortly after I said my goodbyes and got in the van with two other warriors and headed to the airport in Fort Wayne. I flew to Chicago and got a connecting flight to St. Louis. I reported to the USO and got some free lunch, and met up with other warriors heading to Leonard Wood. They had free food for military personnell there: nachos, hotdogs, chips, and candy. I knew it would be the last time I would have this “junk food.” The last thing I ate before I started my journey to boot, was a Snickers, my last candy bar. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I am now in reception, which is a different area than basic training. So far I’ve had a vision, hearing, and blood tests. It is a bunch of “hurry up and wait.” The drill sergeants haven’t been too bad at reception. Basic is where the fun begins. The first night I was here I didn’t sleep, so I was up for about 39 hours straight. I still have a few more days at reception before I head to basic.
Here I got issued all of my clothing and uniforms. I feel very proud to be wearing this uniform. My last name looks good on it. I am making a bunch of friends with my battle buddies. Oh, and I, and everyone else around here, STINKS! We shower everyday, but a bunch of guys running around all day catches up. I’m getting used to community showering…
Well, lights in five minutes.
Until next time,