Chris Saying "Hi" to all Lashtalians
well the good news is i have net access and im home.
the bad news is the reason why i am home
everything was going well until about a week ago, 3 weeks before graduation my hip started to hurt and it turns out i have 2 or 3 stress fractures in my hip and its really painful. so now i am home on convalescent leave for one month.
after this i will have to go BACK to post and finish the last 3 weeks of training so i can graduate finally. but its better than having to redo all 10 weeks!
i am bummed though...
and i am dreading going back there it was one of the most difficult experiences of my life. not fun.
but i am tougher so it was worth it ? !
glad to be back. hopefully my bones heal ok.
lots of catching up to do!
Way to go, young man! You have my respect and admiration. I went through Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky back in January - May 1984 with the U.S. Army. I caught Pneumonia my 6th week, was hospitalized for 2 weeks, and got restarted: yes, it's very difficult going back and starting all over again, but I was much better with my M-16, Bazooka, Claymore Mines setup, etc, the "Common Tasks" we were constantly tested on. Best of luck in your Military service!
I was a Journalist/Public Affairs Specialist, I went to the Department of Defense Information School, a Joint-Service School, meaning we trained all branches of the U.S. Military (including the U.S. Coast Guard) as well as soldiers from abroad (one of my buddies was in Marco's Phillipine Army). I later cross-trained as a Broadcaster, and was an anchor for a twice-weekly U.S. Army News Program at Fort Devens, Massachusetts where we broadcast through cable TV to a potential audience of hundreds of thousands of people across Central Mass; I had been a communications major at UNC for three years before I joined, so neither job was *that* much of a stretch for me; at one point I was working down the hall from Gen. Colin Powell when he was V Corps Commander in Frankfurt, Germany; my last year in I was awarded the Sergeant Major of the Army's Coin For Outstanding Excellence and the Keith L. Ware Award (the highest award the U.S. Army gives to its Journalists during peace-time). But my first three years were spent attached to a Combat Engineer Battalion, in West Germany, waiting for the Soviets to come rolling across the Fulda Gap, stationed right outside of Heidelberg, in the lovely Roccoco town of Schwetzingen, quite an experience for me in very many ways, being a 2nd generation child of German immigrants from Cincinnatti, Ohio (a *big* German town).
Basic Training on the other hand? THAT was *quite* a stretch for me! Resisting all the Kill-A-Commie-For-Mommy head-trips and meta-programming that the U.S. Army Training and Indoctrination (TRADOC) Command packed into the 12-week course was an accomplishement in itself! Not to mention all the running, push-ups, sit ups, pull ups, rifle marksmanship, demolitions, hand-to-hand combat training, etc. I'd never had any of that, my only experience with guns was my buddy's Colt 1864 black-powder pistol that we used to shoot tin-cans with, and my only fighting experience was growing up getting beat up by the Catholic kids until I got big enough and mean enough to learn how to fight back... and the only time I'd ever "run" was with the police chasing me... ;D So I was quite unprepared for all of it! I volunteered a week after the Marine Barracks was bombed in Beruit, back in 1983, we all thought we were gonna fight in Lebanon...
Not to keep this as a blog but it does bring out interesting army related posts from such nice people as walter et al.
I am trying to heal my hip which is now a stress reaction still in south carolina. I am so sick of this post I could die (not literally thankfuly) . Doc says I have about 60 to 80 days left then I get to go finish basic. *groan*. I almost booked it when I had the chance and I'm still thinking im crazy for not leaving, but i have no job and no house waiting for me back home, just 800 books in a storage container. *grasping motion*
I miss freedom so much, but hopefully I get some in about 3 months when I go to AIT or go home for good. Good luck to me 😉
I am sorry for monologuing but I figured the thread was already here and I'd like to read it in a year or so!
Feel free to add your military related experiences and esp. military and the occult. I find it nigh impossible to do ritual here since I have no personal space. But i try to do astral ritual, like the banishings.
Arguably, the "ordeals" you're currently undergoing are far more of an initiation than anything else could be. I'd recommend viewing all of your experiences from that perspective.
Best of luck,
That's very true. It's about the development of self-discipline, self-respect and reassessment.
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93 Chris - hope life is treating you better.
it could be much worse - basic training in the Irish army reserves involved so much hard work i went up a size in trousers - 3 square meals a day and no tax on alcohol in the mess was such an Ordeal 🙂
ah for the joys of unlimited bacon butties every morning and two pints of guinness, with a few packs of dry roasted peanuts and still change from a fiver in the evenings - them wuz the days 🙂
very good point los. I sort of had that thought but on the spiritual side it makes things more difficult for me to practise. But of course to go deeper into your point one may say you should have the physical in as best a shape you can to get the most out of the spiritual.
We can't drink in our army 🙁 At least not in uniform. And definitely not during training lol.
I went down 2 trouser sizes and lost 15 lbs during basic. But i think even if i didn't gain it back the muscle I made switched right back to fat over the holiday convalescent leave...
To go even deeper into my point, one may say (correctly) that there's not a divide between the spiritual and the physical.
Sitting on guard duty might, in fact, be the best possible meditation. And -- to one who has passed through the ordeals -- there may be, ultimately, no difference between completing basic training and dissolution in the body of Nuit.