Mailed blog – written by Julian
07 Jan 11
So, the time is almost here. Our cushy style of Reception is ending soon and we’re about to get thrown into the chaos of BCT at any moment. While we’re glad the waiting is over, we’re all so scared! Those drill sergeants are nasty and they’ve been building the tension all week. They said they’re taking us to the “Trailer Park” on Saturday morning. However, they just had us pack our bags and line them up downstairs. Man, they are good at this “scare the crap out of you” business. Considering it’s only 1310 on Friday, I doubt they’ll keep all our stuff outside until 0900 Saturday. Now we’re just waiting to get an announcement of what’s happening next. Oh the anticipation. But we’re all ready to get the show on the road. It’s time. Cool thing is that one week is almost done and then we’re down to 9 weeks! Graduation is expected to be 17 Mar 11. But I’m just taking it one meal at a time.
Today’s event (so far): getting our Dog Tags. Pretty cool. It’s kinda of a weird feeling though, putting them around your neck for the first time. It’s the crown of the soldier’s uniform. The purpose is sobering. We all put our tags on today for the purpose that should someday we die for our country, they’ll be able to identify us. NO doubt with the current events, some of us will make that ultimate sacrifice. It’s part of being a soldier. But many people have died for every freedom we now enjoy and thank God those before us made that decision.
Ok. Talking about your dog tags made me cry. Not many civilians stop to think about the purpose for dog tags. Sobering. It’s not a game. What you are doing is for real and means so much. Thank you. Praying for you. May God give you the strength, mentally/emotionally and physically to make it to the next meal!!:) Miss your smiling face at Mt Olive!!