My BCT Experience - Chapter 3: Confidence CourseFast forward to February 21, 2017. It was our seventh day of training, and by then we had already had a run clinic, a 1-1-1 assessment (where you do 1 minute of push-ups, 1 minute of sit-ups, and a 1 mile run for diagnostic purposes), received our rifles (my original name for it was "Youngblood," though I eventually settled on "Ben"), conquered the Teamwork Development Course (in which our platoon took the streamer for being the most organized team), and learned the basics of rifle marksmanship.
We were doing a road march to get to the Confidence Course, since it wasn't too far from the CTA. We all wore our ACHs, OCPs, assault packs, and Camelbaks for this event. Before we could go through any of the obstacles, the whole company was instructed to remove their dog tags and watches, as well as emptying everything from every pocket.
The first obstacle our platoon had to conquer was called the Tough One. For this obstacle, a trainee would scale either a rope or a ladder (if they couldn't c
My BCT Experience - Chapter 2: Day OneThe bus stopped in front of the F Co., 2nd BN / 47th IN CTA (Company Training Area). Right as the bus doors opened, the infamous Shark Attack began. Drill sergeants left and right urged all the new privates to get all their gear to the proper CTA. It turned out that we weren't going to F Co.; we were going to D Co., just around the corner.
Struggling with my 2 duffel bags and suitcase, I scrambled to get to the CTA. As I struggled, two drill sergeants ran right up to me and shouted orders into both of my ears. I just kept on carrying my gear to the CTA, as I was commanded to do. On my way to the CTA, SDS Willridge saw me struggling. He simply called out to me, "Let's go, Summer Camp! You're on vacation!"
Once I made it to the CTA, I had to stand in the correct platoon area. Each of them was marked in red, blue, yellow, and green. Red was for 1st, blue was for 3rd, yellow was for 2nd, and green was for 4th. I found the area marked in yellow and stood with the rest of the platoon. We wer
My BCT Experience - Chapter 1: ReceptionMy BCT experience began upon my arrival in Atlanta on February 7, 2017. We were gathered by a reception drill sergeant (DS Eckenroad) to begin our in-processing to the Army. I had made the decision at my local recruiting office to be a 35N (SIGINT Analyst) on Active Duty less than three weeks prior to my ship date. All the new arrivals were loaded onto a bus that would drive us straight to 30th AG BN at Fort Benning. The bus ride would be 3 hours long, and DS Eckenroad advised us to sleep as much as possible throughout the ride; we wouldn't get much sleep that night (if I recall correctly, we only got 2 hours of sleep that first night). Thus, I tried my best to sleep as much as I could for those 3 hours we rode from Atlanta to Fort Benning. Once we got to 30th AG BN, our week-long reception process began. It was slow, involved hours of us standing at parade rest in the halls, and regular chow times for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Beyond that, it was all a blur. My reception roster nu
How I created my OCsThis is a sort of follow-up to the following journal:
On June 16, 2016, :iconRoxas-Lucario94: posted the following question for me in the above journal:
"To Gil: Where did you come up with those ideas for OC's?"
This may be a bit late, but I might as well answer his question now. I will go through each of the OCs I listed in the journal and explain how I came up with them.
Gus the Hedgehog
Gus is one of those characters that I've had since childhood, though his current form came about a few years after I created him.
Put simply, Gus was created in 2007 to be a self-insert fan character. Thus, his name was originally Gil. It wasn't until late 2009 that he became Gus. I made him an excellent mind reader, and I made his personality very laid-back and reserved. I guess he's a bit of a representation of who I really might be. Perhaps he's still somewhat of a self-insert, just far less cringey.
Master Robot Zed
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