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,