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Can't sleep so am trolling Youtube and found this. If anyone wants to know what the first day of Basic Training is like, this is it. Oh, Drill Sgts, how I miss you and your yelling!

piplover: (soldier)
So, I was in the VA clinic last week, waiting for my appointment, surrounded by veterans of varying ages, when I hear one man, about 50 or 60, calmly say to a total stranger in a very loud voice, "So I got the crotch rot 15 years ago, and the stuff they gave me hasn't worked worth a damn..." 

I found myself listening to him, nodding my head in sympathy over his plight.  When I caught myself, I looked around and found that, even though the waiting room was filled and everyone else could hear this man's very personal problems, no one was the least bit embarrassed to be hearing about it, or even paying that much attention.  Just an ordinary conversation. 

I think I'm going to put this under a cut here, because the next part got a bit away from me and it's long!

piplover: (soldier)
As many of you know, I will be leaving the Army in two days. Wow. What an amazing time I have had, the good and the bad. To honor all that I have done, and the mixed feelings I can't shake, I wrote this little ficlet. Thanks once again to Marigold for her wonderful beta job, and I hope you enjoy.

To Be A Soldier

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piplover: (soldier)
In two weeks I will be out of the Army. A civillian once more. What an amazing, scary, and thrilling thought. I have learned so many things while in the service, not just about myself, but about the nature of people as well.
I have learned that I can do things I never thought possible, things I was always too afraid or too embarrased to try.
I learned the only limiting factor in my life is myself, and how I go about dealing with problems that arise is all up to me.
I have also learned to take pride in whatever it is that I'm doing, whether it be to pull weeds out of the cracks in the sidewalk for three hours straight, or walk guard duty for eight hours on a cold winter night.
I have worn my uniform proudly for the past three years, and I admit freely that I will miss it. It will be odd to not put on my uniform in the morning, to not have to be at formation first thing after I wake.
I will also miss the sound of Taps being played each night. I remember at Basic, lying in bed and wondering how I could survive one more day, and hearing those notes played outside our windows. How it gave me strength and courage to keep going.
To many people, the people who serve our nation are figure seen on the news, flashes of a face which holds little meaning other than an icon to be proud of. But for me....
My Company is deploying in the next few months. People I know and love and care for are going to be going to Iraq, and I would give almost anything to go with them. Yes, I am happy to be getting out, but at the same time I feel an intense sadness that I won't be there to experiance with them all that they will go through.
I have so many memories of friends and people I have worked with. Memories of five people crammed into a little shelter on a cold Korean night, trying to stay warm and laughing at little things. Of yelling at those same people when I discovered that someone had emptied almost a full can of Mountain Dew into my helmet, and I had to hold it against the heater for an hour and then have sticky hair for a week afterword.
I remember setting up a Christmas tree in my room with my roomate and a friend from my Platoon, and all the fun we had in decorating it.
And I remember walking a well worn path on guard duty with my best friend late into the night, so cold that even wearing five layers of clothing we were both nearly frozen.
I have met so many people, from so many backgrounds. People I never would have met or even associated with before I joined. I have fallen in love with a wonderful man, made friends that I will certainly keep for life, and shared adventures and hardships with people I have barely even met.
It will be very hard for me to leave the service, even though I know its time.
In my heart I honestly believe that everyone should serve their country, whether it be in the service or through volunteer work. This is a great nation that we live in. Despite what your political views may be, despite how you may feel about current events, the fact remains that this country is unique, and everything should be done to keep it strong.
I know, with every fiber of my being, that even though I take my uniform off for the last time in a few weeks, I shall still rise when I hear the National Anthem, shall still salute our flag as it passes, shall still cry when I hear the sound of Taps played at a funeral.
Becuase I have served with wonderful people, and know that I have followed in the footsteps of true heroes.
For myself, and all those who will be going into harms way, please, say a prayer and let them know that they are being thought of. Becuase I can tell you from experiance, when you are far away from home, it is very esay to forget that there are people who give a damn.
I have been privaleged to be part of the largest family in America. And for that, I do not regret one moment, one day, or one drop of blood that I have shed.
My only wish is that I could have done more.


Jun. 1st, 2005 07:11 pm
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Apparently they decided that 4 hours being kept in our rooms was enough, becuase at 1 they let us free. Back to the motor pool I went, where I sweated and toiled all afternoon, lol.
I guess that they were looking for any contraband or drugs, and they found it. I'm sure we'll hear all about it tomorrow. As for now, I am going to enjoy a movie, some good fanfiction, and then off to bed. Night all!
piplover: (bandofbrothers)
Five am this morning, I was awoken to the sound of pounding on my door and the order to get into my pts and out into the common area. Not having a clue what was going on, me and my roomy did as instructed.
Four hours later, the Military Police had searched everyone's room, throwing personal items on the floor and making a gerneral mess. Our cars were searched, and now we are currently confined to our rooms until further notice. Any attempts to leave are stopped by the MPs.
Plus, becuase our chain of command are geniuses, they want to do a room inspection today as well.
All in all, its been an interesting day. I'll let you all know when we're free again, lol. As of now, no one comes in, no one goes out.
I feel like I'm in prison, lol!


Apr. 15th, 2005 11:45 am
piplover: (Default)
Hello, everyone!
I know I haven't been around for a long time, and I'm sorry. The real world has been kicking my ass this past month, and I just don't know which way to turn. I feel like ripping my hair out some days, kicking people's stupid, annoying butts the next, and curling into a little ball the rest. Sigh.
At least now I have a plan for when I get out of the Army, which is looking to be about June or July. A lot sooner than I had thought, and I have mixed feelings. I know I bitch and complain a lot about it, but I truly will miss a lot of Army life. Its going to be strange being a civillian again, and I know its going to take me a while to become unmilitarized.
Anyway, just thougth I would stop in and let you know that I am still alive. I will be going to the field next week for 2 weeks, though, so I won't be around until May, pretty much.
Take care, everyone, and know that I am thinking of you. I miss you all, and hopefully things will settle down soon and I can get on with my life.

Hello, all

Mar. 12th, 2005 01:02 pm
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Hello, everyone!
Just had a moment and thought I would fill you in on some major changes in my life.
Yesterday I was told of a decision I knew was coming. They are going to med-board me out of the Army. This means that in 3 to 6 months, I will be a civillian once more.
So the job hunt has started, as well as looking for a place to live, and the search for money has begun. Wish me luck!
Eladio and I are having a wonderful time, and I am trying not to think about him leaving next week. It will probably be about a year before I see him again.
Other than that, not much to report. I hope you are all doing well, and please forgive me if I have not read any of your posts for the past week. But I am trying to spend as much time with my fiance as possible. I am thinking of you all, so please take care.
piplover: (soldier)
Just thought I would pop in, since I am back in the rear to do KP and was allowed a moment on the computer.
Wednseday, we got up at 4 in the morning, left for the feild by 7, and spent the whole day lifing heavy objects and cursing. That night I was sent to another site, since the one I was on was having so much trouble, and they needed somebody with a little bit more experiance then me to straighten things out. Anyway, after we got to the new site, I am leaning against the wall of the shelter, when the next thing I know my Sgt is telling me, "Frankenfield, if your tired enough to sleep on your feet, go to bed!"
Who was I to complain? I haven't fallen asleep standing up since Basic, but I was soooooo tired!
Other than that, its been very, very cold over here, and we're still waiting to hear when we are supposed to come back, on the 3rd or the 4th. I am praying, and ask you too as well, in all seriousness, for the 3rd, because my fiance is coming in on the 4th.
I already told my sgt that come hell or high water I was going to meet him in the airport, and he could just write me up if we're not done in the motor pool by the time for me to leave. I don't think he beleived me.
Oh, well.
I have to go now, and don't know when I'll be around a comptuer again. Take care, and if I don't respond to an email, its just me playing soldier. Sigh.
Be well!
piplover: (soldier)
Hello, all!
Well, my computer is finally fixed, for good this time. We ended up completely redoing the hard drive, so I lost a lot of stuff. Gayalondiel, I really hope that you got my email with the new story. If not, I guess I'll just have to try and re write it, since I lost a lot of my stories. But at least my computer has quite shutting itself off.
As of tomorrow, I'll be in the field, for about 10 days. So if you don't hear from me, once more :( , it's because I'm in the middle of nowhere playing soldier. Sigh.
Anyway, take care, all of you, and I'll try and write again soon.
Also, my fiance is coming to visit on the 4th (does happy dance and squees!) so I will also be rather, um, occupied until he leaves, snicker. I will still be on, just not that much.
I will be thinking of you, take care.


Feb. 1st, 2005 10:06 am
piplover: (bandofbrothers)
Yesterday, just before we got off work, all E-4s were informed that we had a pt test this morning. Urgh. So not only do I fail the pt test, but I fail it spectacularly. As in, Oh-my-Gods-what-have-you-done-to-my-body-I-want-it-back!
Not to mention that my grader was a real pain in the ass, and even though I did about 25 pushups, he only counted 6. 6!!!! I have never failed the pushups! I finally gave up, since he wasn't going to give me a break and actually count any of them.
Then I failed the situps, again, which just pissed me off, because I have been working on them for about a month.
And to top it all off, I failed my tape. Which means they are probably going to kick me out of the Army, see ya, don't let the door hit you on the way out.
I am miserable, sore, and just want to crawl into bed and forget this whole day happened.
And I still have to go to work.


Jan. 11th, 2005 02:56 pm
piplover: (sleep)
I went to the doctor's yesterday, and after they did a few tests and such, they decided the had no idea what was wrong with me, lol. They think that it is nothing serious, so they just gave me 3 days of light indoor duty and some other stuff on my profile.
Still, we are supposed to go the field either tonight or tomorrow, so I thought I would pop on and let you all know I may not be around a computer for a few days. Well, actually, more than a few. If you don't hear from me, it's just me playing Army.
Everyone take care, and I'll try and get back on as soon as possible. Not sure when that will be, but I'll try.
Take care everyone, and thanks to all of you who kept me in your prayers and thought.
piplover: (soldier)
I was woken up at 350 this morning and told to report to the chapel as soon as possible. I arrived at 420, and then proceeded to watch people filter in until 6. We were supposed to have a battallion wide piss test.
At 630, they informed us that they were unprepared, and we were released to go about our normal Sgt's time training.
I want to go back to bed now. Please? Anyone? No? Ok.
At least I get off at 3 today.
piplover: (soldier)

Just some things that I have learned since I joined the Army. Cut for some adult themes and general grossness. The Army is mostly male oriented, after all.

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Well, those are some of the things I have learned while living in the Army.  Isn't it nice to see what goes on behind the facade?

piplover: (soldier)
The past few days I have been feeling rather like the stuff you find in the bottom of the sink drain. Not physically, as I have been feeling all right, but mentally drained. I think part of it is being so far from home. Granted, I get to go home for Christmas this year, which is a dream come true, but for the most part, I am missing out on being with my family. My first Christmas away from home was terrible. I was in Korea, and it was terribly cold, though it had not snowed very much. It was a biting cold that seemed to get into your bones and leave you shivering even an hour after you were warm back in your bed. We had been pulling guard duty since Thanksgiving, as the Koreans were rioting and there had been some incidents of them breaking onto posts and injuring Americans. At first it was 24 hour duty, pulling QRF. That stands for Quick Reaction Force. We slept on icky smelling cots in an abandoned laundry on post, with the walls and windows all boarded up and drafty. We had space heaters placed about the room, but we couldn't take even our boots off, in case we were needed at a moment's notice. After a time, we started to pull gaurd in 8 hour shifts. I pulled from either 5pm to 1 in the morning, or from 1am to 9. I was one of the lucky ones who got Christmas day off. My boyfriend at the time was what really pulled me through. We made macaroni and cheese for Christmas dinner, because the defac was close, and none of the Korean resturants really celebrated Christmas. I think the hardest part, however, aside from being so far away from my family, was that there were no Christmas movies. Silly, isn't it? There I was, far from home, and the straw that broke the camel's back was no Christmas movies. My family always watched movies on Christmas, eating pizza Christmas eve, drinking hot chocolate, and watching the fire burn down before going to bed. I guess now I'm thinking of all my friends who are so far from home and family. My best friend, Adam, who just got engaged over the phone, and has only seen his girl once in a year. My fiance, who I have not seen in a year, and who I worry about constantly. So many of my brothers and sisters are away from home this Christmas, and I wish, in some odd way, that I could be there with them. Because I guess the one thing I learned in Korea that I hold so dearly to my heart is this: Some days, all we have is each other. My Drill Sgt at Basic used to tell us, "Just get through until lunch, and you will be all right." After lunch, he would tell us, "Just get through until dinner, and you will be all right." After dinner, it was, "Just get through until you can sleep." I guess that all we can do when things start to seem too much, is take it minute by minute. Just make it through until I can sleep. Just make it through until breakfast. Just make it through. And it will be all right. It will be all right. I'm sorry if this rambled on, and for those of you who read the whole thing, I am very impressed. Take care, all, and talk to you soon.
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It's been one of those days today. First, I missed formation this morning because no one me I had a pt test until my friend came to the door and told me I was late. Then, even though I passed my pt test, I failed my weight. So now I get two counselings today, one for being late to formation, and one for being fat.
Also, my Sgt told me that I will be working out every day after 5, will be taped and weighed once a week, and will have to write down everything I eat and drink in a book I must carry with me.
Also, tomorrow we have to do pallet truck layouts, which on average takes anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. Plus, we are supposed to wash all the vehicles, which means we'll be working late either tomorrow or Wednesday.
I really just want to climb back into bed and pull the covers over my head, and forget that this week ever happened. Do you think Aragorn would be willing to put me to sleep for a few weeks?
piplover: (soldier)
Hello, all. I just got back from marching in a Veteran's day parade. The marching part was rather fun, as we sang cadance the whole two miles. But after we got to the park that was our stopping point we had to stand at parade rest for nearly an hour. The total count of people passing out: 1 Marine, 4 Navy, 5 Air Force, 1 ROTC Cadet, and 2 Army.
I have never seen people drop like that before. Anyway, they're all fine, they just locked their knees, and we had cake and juice afterword. It was a nice ceremony, except for having to stand through it, and I am really glad I participated.


Nov. 9th, 2004 07:15 pm
piplover: (soldier)
Oh, the horror! Today at end-of-day formation my Platoon Sgt mentioned my name in conjuction with an evil, aweful four letter word. (Shudders, looks around)
For those of you who don't know, PLDC is the Sgt training school. It's a month long, and you have to have basically EVERYTHING you were issued with you when you go. If you don't have it, you have to buy it.
It could be worse. I just don't think I would make a very good Sgt, and am quite happy with just being a Specialist. But it will look good on my resume when I get out, I guess.
Oh, well. I don't think I'll have to go, as I'll still be on profile for my knee. Of course, if they give me a permanant profile, then I'll be going in January. Ick.
Now for some good news. One of my friends just found out today that she is pregnant! She's been trying to have kids for five years, so we're all really happy for her. I think she's going to be a great mom, and I'm so glad she is finally getting her dream.
Well, that's all for now. Talk to you all later.
piplover: (soldier)
Staff duty. Yech.


Oct. 30th, 2004 01:56 pm
piplover: (happy)
...or at least the weekend.
Well, after we got back Thursday night, and all the stuff was taken care of that needed to be finished, it was determined that we were to come in yesterday morning at 6 for a Brigade run. Yay.
Lucky for me, I am on profile for my knee, and got to just walk around for a bit until everyone came back. Then we worked in the motor pool until about 1630, when we were finally released. And boy did the parties start!
I just went to the mall and got myself a costume for Halloween. I'm going as Morticia Adams!
Stayed up until about 2 watching movies with a friend, then finally crashed. I've just been bumming and enjoying the fact that I don't have to work.
Oh, and our Colonel gave us Monday off as a Brigade Holliday, so I was doing the happy dance all day yesterday.
Three days of no work! Oh, I am so happy. Now I just have to get up the courage to start on the huge pile of laundry that is slowly growing in the corner of my room. Ten days with no access to a laundry room can make for some pretty funky smelling clothes.
Anyway, you all have a good day, and I'm going to get the finishing touches for my costume. I'm so looking forward to going to Tombstone tomorrow and enjoying a fun Halloween!


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