The Incentive

Chapter 5: Leadership with Fear “Don’t fear me, fear my superior.  The Drill Sergeants.” I mentioned before in “The Punishment” about how I managed to motivate people to listen to me.  As I said before, I was a squad leader, and no one would listen because they felt like there was nothing I could do […]

The Punishment

Chapter 4: Smoke Sessions “Half right, face.  Front leaning rest position, move.” – Army Command to get into the pushup position People often wonder what sort of punishments we get during basic training.  Here is one incident. These two females (thats what we call girls in the army) in our platoon were lined up in […]

The Fight

Chapter 2: Sleep, Sweet Sleep “Many of you were selfish.  You wanted to get some sleep instead of breaking up the fight.  That is how people get killed overseas.”  – Drill Sergeant Riley 2100.  Lights out.  Every hour during lights out there has to be two people up at all times, patrolling around the sleeping […]

The Weapon

Chapter 3:  Meet Mary Jane “Your weapon is an extension of you.  Master it, and it will save your life.” – Drill Sergeant Duffy It’s around noon.  We are sitting on the bus heading towards our basic training site.  Inprocessing is complete.  Drill Sergeant Johnson is yelling at us to keep our heads between our […]

The Beginning

Soldier Life in Basic Training   Chapter 1 – Inprocessing “Hurry up and wait.” – Army Saying I started a major chapter of my life on June 20th, 2008.  They swore me in (defend this country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic, and so on) and it did not hit me until January 6th […]