Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
~Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones~
I’ll be headed to basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia Sc on this coming Tues. I’ll be there for 9 weeks, and then almost immediately I’ll head to Ft. Huachuca in Arizona for Intelligence Analyst School. Finally, two weeks jump school at Ft. Benning Ga.
I Probably won’t have much access to a computer or if I do, it will be for short periods. I’ll see if I can’t let everyone know how things are going.
While I’m there, I hope to to accomplish a few goals.
1) Max my physical fitness test. This means I’ll have to perform 77 pushups in 2 minutes, 82 situps in 2 minutes and run two miles in 13.00 min. Or there-abouts. I can easily do the pushups and situps. The run will be tougher but I’m confident I can pull it off. When I took the pre-basic test last month, I ran one mile in 6:10, so we’ll see. I’ve always had a high threshold for pain while running, which has always given me good times in timed events but I want to improve my conditioning.
2) Expert Rifleman Badge: Only two misses allowed on the scored rifleman test.
3) Stay healthy: Old guys like me need to stay healthy to compete with the young bucks. We don’t heal as fast. Of course, we’re not as stupid either.
4) Be a leader: There will be some kids right of of high school training with me. I think it’s a responsibility to set an example.
I want to thank everyone who has given encouraging words along the way. I had someone speak so kindly to me today, that it almost made me sniffle. Please keep me in your prayers and I’ll talk to everyone in a couple weeks.
The waiting is over. Let’s do it.