BCT Day 56
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September 18th, 2002
Last day of FTX. I’m pulling security right now. It’s done a lot during FTX. It’s nothing but sitting or laying quietly waiting for the enemy. It gives me much needed rest.
Last night’s training was awesome. We got in the fighting positions we dug for ourselves when we got here. The drill sergeants and a bunch of privates were the enemy. They came at us with machine guns and rifles. We had the same fowerpower. I killed at least five *********** (with blanks). I don’t know if I died, but maybe it’s better like that. I slept more comfortably than the night before, too, because I used clothes as a pillow this time.
Today we had some good training. We moved through the woods as a squad (15 soldiers) to the enemy’s position. The point was to use the hand signals and noise discipline we learned. We made sure we stepped carefully, as not to step on a branch that would give away our position. Then when we got there, we got gassed for real. I tell you what. All that hate I had for my gas mask yesterday went away real quick. That mask may save my life one day. It’s going to get dark soon. We packed away our tents. I wonder if we’ll get some sleep before the march. It will be tough as hell, tired as we are. It will take four hours. I don’t give a **** though. The sooner we get back, the sooner we’ll be done with training. Wow. Only six days left until family day from tomorrow. We’ve been getting smoked out here and it will probably continue. The DSs better get it all out now, because in six days it’s family day. To quote from my boy Eminem, “I just don’t give a ****.”
Oh ****! We just got gassed as I was writing this. I have my mask on right now. I put my mask on in about 8 secs. ******* awesome!