During the beginning weeks, we had a lot of classes over different things and policies including resilience, sexual harassment, IED procedures, Army values, and many more.
First aid was one of the biggest classroom activities and learning we had to do. It took three days to finish the training, ending with a test over everything we covered. We learned the procedures to treat a casualty on and off the battlefield. We learned about tourniquets and pressure dressings as well as how to splint limbs and put casualties in different types of litters. We learned how to call in the casualty on the radio so they could be picked up and taken to the hospital. I easily passed the written and hands on first aid tests at the end.
The first really fun and exciting thing we did was the buddy teamwork course. There were different stations with obstacles that we had to work together to get over and to the other side with all personnel and equipment. At most stations our tools to use were wooden boards and ropes. It was fun for me because it was like a puzzle to figure out. We only had a certain amount of time to complete the task at hand. We only finished about half of the obstacles on time. The other obstacles were either harder, or our teamwork skills failed. That was the first time I felt that we were actually working together as a team for the good and not yelling at each other. Sometimes things get really stressful around here and we all get on each other’s nerves a bunch since we are always together. As time goes on, we will learn what it takes to become the perfect team. We have to weed out the individuals who want to do their own thing. I am glad to call everyone here my brothers. We are all going through the same thing and need to help each other out. That is the only way we will come together.
Until next time,