I just got home from a military school and it is so good to be home. I have been gone a month but it felt like it was forever. I know I spent longer away while I was in Iraq but this felt like it was longer than a month. I guess it was the 3 weeks of DEATH BY POWER POINT and that is why it felt so long.
Well back to the school I was at, I was at ALC (Advanced Leaders Course) and that is formerly BNCOC (Basic NonCommissioned Officer Course) and it was 3 weeks of looking into military manuals to find regulations and the way things should be done. I will put it to you this way after the first week you could not take it anymore. You wanted to stab a pencil in your eye just for fun because you wanted to change things up just a little.
The school was at Fort Hunter Liggett in lovely (Yeah right) Jolon, Ca and I seen a shirt there at the PX that described it right. The shirt said " Fort Hunter Liggett, 30 miles from nowhere, 3 feet from hell". It was a 45 minute drive in any direction to get anywhere if you wanted to go to a restaurant or get to a Wal-Mart, yes I said Wal-Mart. The instructors took us out a few times just so we can get off post and maybe get some of our sanity back because we were going crazy.
The last week of our training was going to the field to do some of the missions they were teaching us in the 3 weeks of power point. The day before we went to the field they told us we are not going to have the right equipment for our missions. Let me explain, they gave us Humvee's without gunner hatches. We were told that when we come to a security halt the gunner needed to get out of the vehicle and jump in the back of the Humvee and pretend he was in the gunners hatch. I think they should of given us sticks and we could of pretended they were our weapons.
The one thing that was good about the school was I met new friends. It is funny that you get a bunch of guys from all over the United States and you put the uniform on and you immediately bond. We had guys from Nebraska, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and you put us all together and it was like we knew each other all our lives. We just started talking and sharing our stories about deployments, families, and jobs. It was a mixture of National Guard and Reservests. Like I said we put the uniform on and we just bonded. That was the only thing that kept us from going totally crazy.
Well I am glad to be home again and I am glad the school is done and behind me now. It was nice to get off the plane and walk to get my bags and there was my daughter and father-in-law waiting for me. I was texting my wife because her and my other daughter were home sick. I am so glad to have a great loving family that supports me in what I am doing. Well I bored you enough y'all have a great day.
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