This morning I had my fourth physical fitness test out of the total five. On my third test, I still did not meet the Army Standards, but came as close as being one sit-up short. In between the last PT test and the one I had today, I’ve been working on my core and abdominal muscles to make sure that I met that standard, plus some. My hard work paid off this morning, and I am really proud of myself. In two minutes I did a total of 51 push-ups. Also in two minutes I did 60 sit-ups. I ran my 2-mile run in 14:43. This is a huge improvement from my first PT test of 31 push-ups, 45 sit-ups, and a long 17:21 2-mile run.
I believe I am gaining some muscle and losing some more weight. I don’t know if the scale is quite accurate, but it reads 183 lbs. If that is correct, I’d be surprised and happy at those results so far.
In AIT, I have been doing more PT, often twice every day. It has clearly been helping me, but I still have some work to do to get my score even higher. There is one more test left that is the most important and it occurs in a few weeks. If an individual doesn’t pass the last one, they won’t graduate. I don’t think I have to worry about that, because I am motivated more now than ever.
Now that I’ve passed my PT test, I get to go on passes on Sundays. I’ll get to get away from the company barracks for a good amount of time to hang out with the guys. I’m sure I’ll write a follow-up blog about pass when that experience happens!
Until next time,
Today’s training involved mostly mounted operations where we drove humvees. We changed and rotated through the different roles on the humvee team which includes the driver, gunner, and team leader. We were trained how to react to IED’s (Improvised Explosive Devise) on the roadway, respond to small arms fire, and deal with refugees and stragglers on the side of the road. Today’s training also consisted of roadblocks, traffic control points, and check points. We had to react to friendly and enemy vehicles coming through or attempting to drive through each of these scenarios. Like all of the AIT we do, we were tested on the training.
It was some pretty cool training, mostly because it was mounted in humvees. Some of us switched out to be the enemies and attacked the convoy as it drove by.
In the morning when we were getting everything ready and leaving for the day of training, it honestly felt like we were heading out on a real mission. I was carrying a machine gun in each hand on the way down to load them into the humvee while it was started up and ready to go. I had my body armor and combat helmet on along with my carbine slung on my back. Very very awesome.
Until next time,
This morning our company had our appointment to get us fit for our dress blues, or formally known as ASU’s. They issued us trousers, shirts, jacket, and very shiny black shoes. This is the uniform we will be graduating in.
During the fitting process, we all went through different stations for the different articles of clothing. Near the end, I was in full uniform and standing in front of the mirror while getting measured for the final fit to hem up the pants and jacket for a perfect fit. I have to say that I looked pretty sweet in my dress blues. I can’t wait until graduation to show off the uniform.
I think it finally hit all of us that graduation is only a few moments away. I’m thinking forward to the final morning in the bay with the guys getting dressed for graduation. It will be a somber, yet very happy and proud moment.
Until next time,
Advanced Individual Training has been pretty nice so far. The drill sergeants have dwindled and lightened up a bit. Us soldiers have gotten into a routine. We wake up, do some physical training, eat breakfast chow, and then march to class.
Most of our classes are straight power point slides that we take notes from. Once done with all of the content, we will be able to do more hands on training. Sitting through the power point presentations sometimes seems really tiring. It is hard to sit in one place and stay awake. A bunch of us struggle to stay awake, but we manage.
After our classes, we march back to the barracks and usually do some more physical training. Shortly after that, we form up for dinner chow. Finally, after chow, we receive mail and get sent to personal time when we shower, get ready for the next day, write and read letters, and then… sleep!
Like I’ve said before, AIT isn’t too bad. We get tested on everything we are learning. I’m a bit nervous about that part, but not really because I know I do well at the classroom stuff.
Until next time,
During our last week of law and order training, we conducted a practical exercise where we actually used patrol cars to drive around base. On the side of these cars it read, “MP Student.” It was set up like an actual patrol vehicle. We responded to different calls throughout the day that were set up in a mock training area. During our day shift, my partner and I responded to a sexual assault, crime scene, traffic stop, conducting traffic, and an active shooter. One day we had day shift and the other day we had swing shift that led into late evening. During our swing shift, we responded to an access control point, DUI, and a domestic disturbance.
During the whole mock experience, we used radios to communicate in order to maneuver to our different destinations. It felt really awesome to experience the radio system and how communication works between patrols. The day I had off from shift, I was a role player. I was the RTO which I’m guessing stands for Radio Transmission Officer, for the swing shift. I was responsible for getting the patrols to every destination during their shift, including a break for dinner chow. The RTO was referred to as Warlord for the call sign. There were twenty patrols I had to monitor. I felt I did a great job as RTO as it takes some intellect for the duty.
It was really awesome driving around post just my partner and I. Whenever we were in between calls, we just enjoyed a cruise around our patrol area. I liked driving around at night on our swing shift. I don’t know what it is, but I like the nighttime driving listening to the radio traffic. It gets me excited for an actual police job when I return home.
The final law and order exercise (LEX) was definitely a blast and ended way too soon for me.
Until next time,
I was finally eligible for a pass now that I had completed my PT test to AIT standards. The company has had previous passes, but those were just Brigade passes. This was the very first post pass.
Pass is basically just time to get away from the barracks and have a relaxing day off with my fellow soldiers and of course our cell phones the entire time. There are several places we can go on pass. The USO is a place where they have free snacks, drinks, internet, pool tables, and a bunch of charging ports for phones. The bowling alley and Burger King is also available to us. There is a big post exchange store that it pretty much like a K-mart or Target that has electronics, clothes, and a bunch of Army themed items. Inside this location is also a food court. There is a strip mall and Starbucks somewhere on post as well.
My first post pass some guys and I went to the big PX first to check out. We got there before the shops opened, so we sat in the food court and used our phones for awhile. After we checked out the stores, we walked over to Burger King and had a nice treat. I had a junior whopper, onion rings, and a mocha frappe. It was also haircut Sunday, so the final thing we did was get our hair buzzed off.
We’re most likely going to have a pass every Sunday now. My game-plan is to find this Starbucks on post and get my coffee! I’ll then head over to the USO to use the internet. I haven’t been on Facebook since I left in January. That is just unheard of and will change soon! I don’t have internet on my phone, but able to post statuses via SMS text.
Overall, pass is pretty nice. I love just hanging out with the guys without the drill sergeants around. Just a few more days until Sunday!
Until next time,
I’m just going to start out be saying I’m not quite sure where this posting is going via subject matter.
I had this picture in my mind about Basic before I arrived. I watched many YouTube videos and different blog postings about other soldiers’ experiences. The thing is that every company has different standards and SOP’s (Standard Operating Procedures). Being MP’s, we have more standards than others because if we are the ones enforcing the laws, we should follow them ourselves and then some.
After being here for ten weeks now, I’ve gotten used to living this lifestyle. It’s hard to imagine that I’ll be wearing civilian clothes again. I’ve been wearing ACU’s and PT shirts that say Army on them for the entire time I’ve been here. I used to wake up late-morning and skip breakfast mostly every morning, but now I’ll probably continue waking up early when I get home. I’ll also start actually making my bed every morning out of habit.
The one thing I thought I would miss the most is the computer. I used to use it all the time at home for Facebook, YouTube, blogging, and many more sites I click through for entertainment. I honestly haven’t missed it at all. There’s not enough free time in the day to think about that stuff.
One thing I am looking forward to, after I drive home with my mom and sister, is seeing my dogs at home. I wonder if they even remember me after five months. I’m sure they will, and I can’t wait to see their reaction.
There are so many other things I’m looking forward to doing when getting home. Too many to list. For now, it’s time for bed. Thanks for sticking through this random blog.
Until next time,