MP’s are mainly mounted while on patrol in humvees, so it was only a matter of time before we got the training to drive them. I got a power point class on maneuvering obstacles with the humvee and also how to ground guide the vehicle while it is backing.
The second day consisted of jumping right into it and driving different courses. There was an on-road and an off-road course. The on-road course consisted of using a ground guide to make a three-point-turn and then making my way through orange cones, weaving back and forth. The off-road course consisted of hills, trenches with about three feet of water, sand pits, mud pits, and logs to drive through and over. That was a pretty sweet course. My platoon and I also did a convoy of eight vehicles and I got to drive a bit faster out on the road and dirt roads. It felt so great to drive again! I was for about ten minutes, but it was something.
The first day of vehicle operation training we also learned how to do our maintenance checks on the humvee before, during, and after operation. I had to take a test over that as well and passed easily. This portion of training was really awesome. I’ll have the opportunity to drive again during a field training exercise. I’ll also be able to drive a MP patrol car during AIT when we learn more about the road patrol portion of MP training.
So far AIT is going pretty great. It is a bit like college with the classroom work. Also there have been some tests I had to pass. Some people had trouble. They will have a hard time throughout AIT for sure.
Anyway now I can say I’ve driven a humvee. Pretty sweet if you ask me!
Until next time,