On non-training days, like Sundays, there is one main thing us soldiers do all day: clean. Barracks maintenance is nothing new to me now. Whenever we have breaks in between training at the company, we go upstairs to clean our living quarters. Even if we’ve been cleaning for the past four hours, it’s still dirty. We’ve become experts at sweeping, mopping, and cleaning toilets. But hey, we are still getting paid while doing it. If cleaning throughout the day sometimes isn’t enough, every night we have soldiers up on hourly shifts to clean. Maintaining the Barracks is a pretty important thing here.
Today we just had our inspection period number three. This time, the First Sergeant and Commander walked through to inspect our bays and bunks. We had to have our beds perfectly made and all of our clothing rolled and displayed to the standard. Also all of our ACU’s had to be hung a certain way. Let’s just say if everything wasn’t perfect, it would not be good. We were standing at attention with our weapons as they walked through. It was pretty nerve wracking while they were looking around inside my wall locker and bunk.
But no doubt, we are becoming MP’s who are minoring in janitorial studies. Our number one weapon is the M4 or M9 and our secondary is a mop. I guess I’m not complaining about how clean we are. I know some other bays don’t really clean as well. I’m glad I live with some guys who actually care about cleanliness.
Until next time,