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BCT Day 8

Today was a busy, busy day. We were issued our two most important pieces of equipment: gas mask and M16 rifle, baby. We went to a class in the morning about proper wear of the mask.

The following information is a portion of “Marck’s Boot Camp Diary”. The information contains a straight-forward look at Basic Training Life on a daily basis. The information contained within this page is used with the express written permission of the author. For more information about the author view the “Author’s Information” at the bottom of the page. Some choice phrases have been censored.

August 1st, 2002

Today was a busy, busy day. We were issued our two most important pieces of equipment: gas mask and M16 rifle, baby. We went to a class in the morning about proper wear of the mask. We have a test later in BCT which requires us to put on the mask properly in 9 seconds. I shouldn’t be too hard.

The best part of the day was using the rifle. They won’t give us ammo yet, but we learned how to take it apart and put it back together. Eventually, we’ll have to do that in under 2 and a half minutes. It’s really overwhelming to learn the function check. We got a couple of hours worth of instructions for it. It’s got seven steps. I didn’t get it. I’ll need lots of practice with it. I can’t wait to go to the range and shoot something.

The rest of the day was marching. This **** is so much easier than marching band, yet we still look like a snake doing it. And since we’re slow, we can’t ever get **** right, which cuts into our PT time. We never do any freakin PT. All the other platoons do. I was actually in better shape before coming to Ft. Knox.

Well, peace out people. I’m on personal time and still no one has written me, so I’m not using this time for you anymore.

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