The final week, the final obstacle, and the last day before becoming a soldier has come and gone. The day after our ruck march, we were scheduled for our final requirement for graduation: NIC (Night Infiltration Course). This course had us crawling in mud and water for a long distance under barbed wire and actual live ammunition being fired over our heads. If someone were to stand up, it would be a risky chance of getting shot. The range also had different explosions going off around us, with weird middle-eastern sounding music in the bathroom.
This obstacle was exhilarating and had my adrenaline going. We completed the course by platoon, and encouraged each other while on the field by yelling and keeping the motivation up to keep pushing. It was a tough event since we had our bullet-proof vests with armored plates inside us as well as our Army combat helmet. Needless to say everyone was quite tired after the course.
Although many were tired, after the event, we had a ceremony to designate us into actual U.S. soldiers now that we completed all of the requirements for Basic. I got an Army Values tag which represents that one is a true soldier.
Now that Basic is over, we are transitioning to AIT. (Advanced Individual Training) Here I will learn to become a MP soldier in the next ten weeks. There will be plenty of classroom work in the beginning, but later on we will put that knowledge to the test with more hands on training. There are two phases in AIT, Black and Gold, each splitting the remainder of the ten weeks. I will be doing more physical training, sometimes twice a day.
I’m looking forward to the next steps and will continue to work hard. I know these weeks will proceed to move fast in my mindset and I will be home soon. Thank you everyone for your support so far!
Until next time,