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Shield and Beret

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I have a new found sense of accomplishment after earning my badge and beret. I wear my uniform with more pride than I ever have. With the tough training, the pain, the tears, the sweat, and some blood, 13 weeks flew by.

Tech School

Hey all!

It’s been a good minute since I last posted.

I’ve been enjoying, for the most part, tech school. I’m in tech school for Security Forces. I’ll give you a run down for those of you who are interested.

Security Forces tech school is 65 training days, Monday through Friday. Weekends off is the greatest! You’ll be here for 14 or so weeks, because your 0-week is A LOT of briefings! Then the next week you’ll have your Day of Training (DOT) 0. Other’s will probably make it sound like it’ll be the most intimidating day. Yes and no. Just do what your supposed to do and have all your mandatory items with you and you’ll survive just fine. Just expect running in and out of the room a couple of times.

From there you’ll go back to CATM and do progress checks (PCs) on the M4 and M9 and also shoot to qualify.

After CATM you’ll get your instructors and be in the classroom for a few days learning about SF history. Here you have your first exam! It wasn’t all that hard. Then you’ll go into the combatives lab.

You’ll do a warm up work out session when you start the day and after lunch/dinner. Combatives was my favorite part of training. The warm up sessions weren’t hard, but they made you work. Look up body drags and shrimping.

I don’t think anything made me so mentally exhausted as much as combatives did. I remember being so exhausted, that when I did my PC with the red man I broke down. Red man is when you fought the instructor wearing a padded red suit with a padded baton. Word on the street is they don’t do red man anymore.

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Then you’ll do a couple PCs on the phonetic alphabet, talking on the radio, and one or two others. Afterwards you’ll start deadly force training.

Deadly force, my squad got to use the FATS simulator (I don’t know what FATS stands for). You’ll stand in front of a screen and asses the situation, you shoot or you don’t. Some situations suck. You’ll also get to act it out.

Then your back in the classroom for Articles and Forms. You’ll have two exams during this block, one on articles and the second on forms maybe, I’ll have to check. You’ll do more PCs afterwards on filling out the forms.

Police week starts. Here you’ll get to direct traffic, check IDs at the gate, and drive the police car. It’s a fun time. The experience is up there with combatives.

Police week goes by very quickly and then you’re getting to leave Camp Bullis. Camp Bullis is where you’ll do your active shooter training. You’ll have a written test and then you’ll get in full battle rattle and arm up every day. You’ll have to run EVERYWHERE. It sucks. The training is fun. You’ll standby a lot. It sucks. You’ll get to shoot simunition rounds, they sting. I had some nice bruises.

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Block 5, you go back to CATM and learn about the M249 and M240B. Yes they are machine guns. And fun to shoot. You’ll have PCs on both of them. When you shoot, you qualify. My team didn’t get to shoot the M240B. Sadly, you have to go out to Camp Bullis to shoot.

Then it’s time to learn about nukes. Which means your last test! It’s a lot of information, but no need to stress out.

After that you’ll be on your last set of swings and back at Medina for some other training on areas you could be working when you get into the operational Air Force, like the flight line. I’m in this unit right now, so I don’t have much information to give you all.

We are starting to get ready to out process out of here!

I’m Back!!

Okay, I’ve been back. For almost a month now. I graduated BMT 19 February, did the Airman’s week gig and arrived to Tech School.

Regards to the packing list; you do not to bring anything. Maybe the travel shampoo, conditioner, body wash. We went to clothing issue the day we arrived and the mini mall shortly after (from what I remember, the week was a blur and forever ago). Also, I’ve tried to forget as much as I can about basic. But, I’ll make an exception and dig deep for you all.

Basic is not like what you see in the cool promotional videos on YouTube. It’s relatively easy. Just do what you’re told and you’ll get by.

If you have questions, feel free to ask and I’ll get back to you with them in a post. I figure it’ll be better than digging through 8 weeks of the same thing.

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All grown up!

Packing list

Here is the list that your recruiter should give you: Packing list
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All you need to bring are the clothes on your back, your documents, toothbrush, and your flip flops/shower shoes.

My pack includes:

4 T-shirts (3 black, 1 gray) -my goal is to blend in as much as I can

8 pairs boy short style underwear (again black and gray, it’s simple)

6 pairs of white socks

2 sports bras (I’m bringing the two that I have. Guess the colors! The list says white, I’m not going to spend $50-60 on one. If I have to have one, I’ll buy some with my card I’ll be given. It’s hard to find a good high support sports bra. Mine are from Victoria’s Secret and they are great!)

1 white bra

2/3 pairs of compression shorts -black (Not needed, but they are very comfortable)

A folder with the documents you need to bring along. I don’t know if I can bring it, but it’ll help to keep everything together.

Hairbrush and comb

2 travel sized Q-tips

Dental Floss

Razor and an extra cartridge

Hair nets (I’m sure you can find this when you get to the BX)

No metal hair elastics (Get the thick and thinner ones, in your hair color.

Bobbie pins and hair pins (same color as your hair. I actually grabbed both black and brown, because the brown ones seem like they’ll be too light for my hair color. I doubt that they’ll be noticed, but I’m going to stick with the black)

Mesh hair doughnuts (they make your life so much easier. My cousin imagefinished Army Basic in the last couple of years and told me they helped out a lot! Go with your hair color. These are the ones that I ordered:  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017SSM5RC?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00  I have had no issues with them.)

Toothbrush (I’m going to miss my electric one!)

Toothbrush case/holder that will not move. Make sure it has a flat surface of some sort and easy to clean. I grabbed at Walmart for about .98 cents.

Travel size shampoo and conditioner, body wash, hair gel, and toothpaste. (Make sure they go into a quart-sized zip-lock bag. From what I’ve watched and read; keep the small bottles to refill so you can keep the larger ones on display for inspections. I’m trusting my Wingmen on this advise!)

2 things of deodorant (one to use and one to display)

Sewing kit (I could have waited on this, since I had to do some running around. I bought one when I finally found it)

Loofa (Drys faster than the wash cloths that will be issued. I don’t know if I’ll get to keep it or not)

Flip-flops/shower shoes. Black, no logo of any sort (Might be hard to find in the off season. Mine are from Old Navy that I’ve had laying around for years. If you can’t find them in stores, look online. If you only bring one thing to basic make sure it is these)

I don’t have tampons and pads on my list because I’ve been on birth control and don’t get my periods. Sorry a little personal. No need to bring them if I’m not going to be using them. They’ll take up space too.

Nail clippers

A small note book for addresses

I almost have a full book of stamps so I tucked that into the notebook. I through in some black ink pens since I already had them and a highlighter.

Even though your recruiter will give you a form to fill out for direct deposit of your paychecks, I’m bringing my checkbook as back up. You should bring some cash and your debit card.

I’m waiting to get a notebook and envelopes when I get there. It’ll just take up space in my pack. I’m sure I won’t be needed them in the first week. Same thing with a watch. I don’t really want one, because I’m going to be staring at it and probably drive myself crazy. I know where to find one if I have to have one.

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Running shoes. The list says no personal running shoes. I’m bringing the ones that I had fitted. I asked my recruiter and the other recruiter in the office if I should bring them and they both said, “yes, you absolutely should.” My shoes are Brooks Ghost 8. They feel great. Hopefully I won’t have to get another pair. I got mine at Runner’s Roost.

http://www.runningshoesguru.com/2015/08/brooks-ghost-8-review/

 

Cell phone and charger. No need for a calling card.

Contacts and eyeglasses (note to self: go find a strap for the glasses)

Documents: Social Security card, drivers licence/ID, direct deposit form, another form, base access list for those who want to come to graduation, I have college transcripts, Debit card, Enlistment contract, prescription for eyeglasses and contacts.

For my final swear-in I think I’ll wear a nicer shirt for photo ops. I don’t want to look like a bum in a t shirt. I’ll change into a shirt afterwards.

It’s kind of a pick-and-choose thing. When it’s all said and done I’ll make a post about what you need to bring and can wait to buy later.

5 days and I’m still very excited! I’m still waiting for the nerves to hit, but I don’t think I’ll get them.

Why I’m Not Commissioning:

I will try to commission when the time is right. I need to do something with the most expensive piece of paper.

1. I wanted to get going with the process of joining. Didn’t think I’d be waiting around eight months to get sent to basic.

2. The Officer jobs are not what I’m interested in right now. I’ll save that pilot slot for someone who will be much more passionate about flying than I am. Being a pilot would be cool and all…

3. I wasn’t in ROTC. Sure you can be a good officer without being past of ROTC. I think it would be of benefit. Because leadership.

4. My idea of a good leader is starting from the bottom and experiencing the enlisted side first. And hopefully be a mentor for those who enlist and work towards their commission.

5. Tie in with #2. I studied hard in college. That hard work does not reflect the GPA I so wish to have. So I’m not qualified for the officer job that I would like to have. In a number of years the GPA won’t matter as much, from what I’ve been told.

6. If you enlist, you can get some help on your federal student loans called the College Loan Repayment Program (CLRP). Not offered to officers, since they make more than enlisted personal do. I’ll take advantage of that assistance while it is offered.

7. I kind of REALLY want to be a K-9 handler. I don’t think I can be an officer and a handler simultaneously. If I don’t get to be one, I’ll be okay with that.

Down to One Week

I can’t believe my countdown is down to ONE week!! Still feels like it should be the 100 day mark.

This last Commander’s Call I had this weekend, my recruiter and his co-worker assured me with confidence that I’m going to do well and that I’m ready.

The popular question has been if I’m getting nervous about basic training. Not at all is my response. I’m still very excited to go. Whatever nerves that I have is from thinking that I’m not going to get everything situated before I go. For example, my health insurance. I guess this time of year is a popular time to make calls to the insurance company.  All of my calls got dropped. One call, I was so close to accomplishing what I needed and bam, call ended.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to set a date for a cancellation or a policy switch-over. Stop worrying, you can set a date just before you go. I can drive around for a few more days (don’t tell my recruiter).

I’m starting to get this and that together for basic. Still a few more items to get. I’ll make a post of the items I’m bringing with me and I’ll upload the packing list I received from my recruiter. There are other blogs and vlogs that are very helpful and I’ll just add mine to that growing list.

It’s kind of a pick-and-choose game. You’ll be given a card with some limit and will use that at the BX when you make your trip.

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I need to study my ranks more