The Army is downsizing and that is not a secret. There are already at least twenty people leaving the company due to injuries prior to training, injuries that have occurred during training, and disciplinary actions.
There are some immature people here for sure. I can’t believe they are training to be MP’s. Here in training there is a standard for everything. Anything you do has to be the Army way. It really is not hard. As long as you follow directions and orders exactly as spoken you won’t have a problem. Some people are having trouble doing that.
Anything from not being ready on time to moving at the position of attention will end with a counseling on written paper. The phrase I have recited most since being here is, “Yes, Drill Sergeant.”
Earlier on during Red Phase, (the first 3 weeks) the company had a hard time adjusting to being disciplined. One morning our First Sergeant made us pack everything we had in our bunks and lockers and bring in outside. My platoon lives on the 3rd floor of the barracks, so it was a bit worse for us. After carrying three full heavy duffel bags downstairs and outside in the freezing cold, we had to take each item back up to the bay one at a time and put it in the correct place until everything was back in place. That day made a bunch of people break down.
One guy thought he could get away with bringing a Nutri-grain bar into the bays to eat at night. No food at all is allowed in the bays. They caught him and moved him to a different platoon along with hooking him up with an Article 15, a formal letter of punishment that comes with fines.
We’ve had a few shake downs when we had to clear everything out of our pockets to see if we had contraband of any kind. Yes, people got caught. I’m not sure when these people will learn, but so far I’ve been doing great at meeting the standards.
Until next time,