Miss me?

Hey, how ya all doing?  Yeah, I’ve been gone for a while. Take a guess where I was.  Disneyland?  No.  California?  I wish.  Japan?  Oh, if only possible.  No, I was stuck in the God-forsaken wasteland that is Fort Sill, Oklahoma. 

I finally had to go back and finish my job training.  I now officially know how to shoot a 155mm howitzer cannon.  I actually already knew, but I never went though actual training to get a little slip that says "Congratulations, your now smart enough to be considered a true solider", though the term "smart solider" is a slightly broad term in it self.

Yeah, so I pretty much spent all summer getting yelled at by Drill Sergeants, showering with a bunch of other guys, learning something I already knew, and sweating in the Oklahoma heat.  (Also we had to wait for another platoon to finish there training, so we did three weeks of training in six)  All in all it was fun, but I’m more then happy to be back home.

P.S. Oh, and the part about it being fun; that was sarcasim.

Posted by Joseph on 3 replies


01. Aug 20, 2003 at 2:03pm by Patrick Copland:

My old friend trained at Fort Sill.  He was a USMC 2nd Lt.  I always envied him a little because I like the big guns.  Very impressive.  USMC never went after MLARS, so the 155 is the biggest bang they have without calling in the F-18s or the Naval gunfire.

Have you ever seen a Phalanx CIWS?  It looks like a mix between R2D2 and Rambo.  They are on most big ships.

02. Aug 20, 2003 at 10:43pm by Anthony:

Hey Joe.  Glad you survived.  So was this "basic training?"  The training that’s supposed to be so awful and everything?

03. Aug 22, 2003 at 12:14pm by Joseph:

No, I did basic last year.  This was A.I.T., my job training.  Basic was tough, this was just annoying and boring.

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