Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Call for Forgiveness

So - I have been at AIT (Advanced Individual Training) since October 31st. I had to wait two weeks to get into a class. It was details every day all day...
Raking leaves, sweeping sidewalks and general cleanup, errands for the Sergeants, etc., to keep us busy while waiting for an instructor.

I have been training as a Paralegal - a 27D now for about 2 months. The training itself has been easy but, the living with 100 other women on the same floor in the barracks has truly been a chore... well, there are a few battles that I will have for life - and I would give my life for them - but there are some that really shouldn't be here.

I am the barracks mom. Of course.

I have struggled with getting an internet connection, with a broken laptop, with Sergeants hell bent on taking over all my personal time.
Personal time? What's that?
A need for sleep and various other issues over the past two and a half months and basically let all you wonderful readers down. I apologize wholeheartedly and will try very hard to do better.

My schedule here Monday through Friday (for those curious souls out there) is as follows:
4am wake up (or sometimes 5am if they are feeling generous)
5-7am Physical Training or "PT"
7-8am Detail and cleaning of our room
8-8:30am Breakfast (Chow!)
9-12:30pm Class
12:30-1:30 Lunch (Chow!)
1:30-5pm Class
5-6:30pm Personal Time (Ha! This is spent cleaning and responding to different orders from the Sergeants - new tortures are provided for entertainment every day!
6:30-7pm Dinner (Chow!)
8-8:45pm Night Accountability Formation
9pm Lights Out!

On the weekend it goes something like this:
6am Wakeup! (Yay - we get to sleep in!)
6:30-11am Bay Maintenance (getting ready for inspection)
11am Inspection
1pm Release on post pass
8pm Evening Formation (on Sunday it is 7pm)
11pm Lights Out (except when it is at 10pm - depending on the Sergeant on duty, or if it is Sunday when it is 9pm)

That is my life in a nutshell - or maybe nuthouse is a better description... :o)

Life in the Army really isn't that bad if you don't mind being flexible and spontaneous. Those are two virtues you MUST cultivate.

In fact, they really need to add those to the Army Values list...


  1. i'm glad you put this up. :) thanks for the update and schedule! i've been wondering what you do. love you
    p.s. your class schedule is way better than our high school and college schedules. you even get an hr lunch!!

  2. Hey!! Dela HC! Great to get word from you, you've been on my mind and I've been checking here for several months now for an update from you.
    Glad to hear you are doing well...
    I have a great deal of admiration for you, girl, YOU are an inspiration!
    Hope your family is well, they must be so proud.
    Look forward to reading your blog whenever you are able to write.
    Warm Regards,
    Trisha L.

  3. So glad to hear that you are doing so well and that AIT is getting you ready for the rest of your career. Bet you never thought you'd be "Mom" to so many!