Tonight is the last night of week four here in Basic. It’s crazy to think I’ve been away from home for over a month now. I find myself thinking about home several times every day. And I’m not the only one that does that. All of us here are talking about what they’d be doing if they weren’t here. We also talk about what the first things we will do upon returning home.
Here at Fort Leonard Wood we got our first real snow for the winter. My guess is that about three inches or so collected on the ground. And you can surely bet the drill sergeants had all of us privates out there shoveling the sidewalks and pavement around our company. I can’t wait until it warms up here.
Right now we are shooting our weapons to get enough practice in before qualifying in a week. To qualify, you have to shoot a certain amount of pop-up targets. There is a minimum you have to knock down and also, the more you hit, the better your qualification ranking, with expert being best. The drill sergeants say the ones who have never fired a weapon prior to training do the best. I fall under that category, so I am hoping to do really well. Other than weapons training, there isn’t too much going on.
I am down to 190 lbs. so far, which makes me pretty excited. We do plenty of physical training around here. One thing I was looking forward to was getting in shape while I was here. It turns out that my request will surely be granted.
Well we have about five minutes until lights are out and we have to be covered up in our bunks. And it all starts over again tomorrow… bright… and early.
Until next time,