Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Undercover Specialist - (Germany) Day 106

This morning's PT was muscle failure, which we did inside and included a large number of push-ups, sit-ups and other various abdomen workouts. It was a pretty good workout overall. Work started as usual, except I had the car today to run some errands. After doing some paperwork in the office, I headed out to the education center to try and get some information. Unfortunately the girl working at the counter was pretty useless. I left there thinking it was a total waste of time and should have just emailed GoArmyEd instead…which is what I now have to do. The next stop was the alteration shop, where I dropped off both my helmet cover and my Class A top to get my specialist patch sewn on. Technically and officially I have been a specialist (E-4) for 5 days now. It shows up on my records and I am getting paid as a specialist. The problem is that my unit will not let me wear my new rank until I get "pinned" through a ceremony. That is just BS. I still had to get everything ready, so when I do have the little ceremony, I can be good to go. Until then I'm an undercover specialist, I just look like a PFC on the outside.

I then met up with my wife at work and we had lunch together. Unfortunately she only gets a half hour lunch, so I spent the rest of my lunch taking a nap in the car. After that I headed to the hospital to get my blood drawn for an HIV test. This is mandatory every 2 years for everyone in the army. Everyone's medical status is shown on their webpage and if anything needs to be done it shows up in red. A pretty simple process with no appointment needed, I just went in and they drew the blood.

Back at the office I checked my email and studied for my Apple re-certification test. I still have not heard anything about this FTX I'm supposed to be going on. All I know is that I'm supposed to leave on Sunday and get back May 10th. I have not heard anything else. I don't know what I'm supposed to pack, I don't know how I'm supposed to get there, I don't know where I'll be staying. All I've been told are dates and now that it's less than a week away I'm getting a little frustrated with the lack of information. I'm not looking forward to this "special task" at all.

We were let go about a half hour early and I picked up my wife and headed home. We relaxed and watched some Netflix before turning in for the night.

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