Friday, June 4, 2010

Recovery Day (Basic Training) Day 58

These entries are from the letters that Brandon has mailed to me. His writing at times can be a bit difficult to determine his words... bare with me, I do my best, especially with army terms.
I had two fireguard shifts last night, both with PFC Metal. There were fireguard and laundry guard shifts and we slept in until 7am, so there were a number of people that had two shifts. It sucks, but at least I still got a lot of sleep. During the first shift, while I was turning in our numbers, I ran into a guy from 3rd platoon (terminators). During FTX-3, a small group of them snuck around the FOB and into other people’s camps. They were able to steal a rifle from each of the other platoons. (They stole our ex-cops weapon from our platoon). None of this was authorized, so they got into trouble. Not just the small group, but the entire platoon. He said the leadership all lost their leadership rolls, their phase banner was removed (don’t know if they’re going back to red or worse), they cannot sound off or do cadence and they have to keep their heads down while in formation like they had previously. Hopefully they still get to have family day and such.

After we woke up and got ready today, we dressed in ACUs as directed by our senior DS last night. When we got in formation another DS told us the uniform is summer PTs… grrrr. We all had to run back up and change. Summer PTs are much more comfortable, especially wearing running shoes instead of boots, so I guess I wasn’t too mad, just a minor pain in the butt.

After breakfast we cleaned… and cleaned… and cleaned the machine guns (240s and 249s) that were assigned to our platoon, 6 total. In the middle of cleaning someone found PVT Colon Jr’s dog tags in a soap dispenser. He had been looking for them for the last few days. I guess he pissed someone off and they stuck them in there. It could be anyone because he has pissed off a number of people. 

At about 11:00 we practiced for a change of command ceremony. Lots of standing at attention parade rest. Then, back to cleaning the  machine guns. It's so tedious. People get up and head off to the bathroom for 25 minutes just to do something else. We had another short break around 16:00 to order our custom platoon shirt and a number of other “Affliction” style shirts all with US Army designs. Some of them were pretty cool, but I just got the platoon shirt and a MAC (Modern Army Combatives) shirt. After that we came back to he bay and then, cleaned the machine guns some more. OMG!!

Finally about 19:30 we were told to put the machine guns away. It’s about time. Shortly after the Powerbar and Powerade guy came, so I got one of each. A pretty slow day, hopefully tomorrow will be a little more entertaining. or at least something other than a full day of cleaning machine guns.

Overheard Quote: “Are you intoxicated?” (a sergeant back at the hand grenade course asked this to PVT Douche, he does look and speak like he’s had a few).

# 118

Will 3rd ever stop getting in trouble.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 - 01:43 PM


LOL....I don't think so. 3rd platoon ended up getting smoked even on family day because they all didn't make it back on time. It always seemed like it was one thing or another. Fights breaking out, people caught masturbating, a gay dude, the cell phone conspiracy...3rd platoon seemed to always have something crazy going on.

Sunday, June 20, 2010 - 06:26 AM

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