Breaking in My Boots
Now that Echo Company has arrived for their time at LTC (Leaders Training Course) my life has definitely increased on the work end. Saturday and Sunday I readied myself like usual and then stepped out into the still-dark sky to drive myself to work … at 4:30 a.m. I have to note that I haven’t really minded getting up this early, my day lasts longer and the mornings are so peaceful so it’s a great way to start off what is going to be a long and challenging day. That being said, running on 4 hours of sleep and no caffeine is sometimes a struggle and I look forward to curling up in bed at night.
Saturday was the cadets first PT (physical training) test. They had to do one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups and a one-mile run. At the end of the course they will do the same test, but they will do two minutes of each exercise and a two-mile run. It was also raining …. a lot, and had been doing so for the past week. My pants were soaked to the knees, but I was able to get awesome footage of the cadets marching in the rain under the street lights as they sang their cadences. So it made getting drenched worth it.
Sunday was Fitness Factory (basically a giant obstacle course) and Team Development Course (TDC). Both challenged cadets and had me getting up close and personal. Having a few weeks to build my confidence is really starting to pay off. Echo also officially moved into the Warrior Leader Phase of their training at the Guideon Ceremony Sunday evening, meaning they have learned the basics of being a soldier and now will be trained in the techniques and tactics of that role.
It has been significantly cooler and less humid, which is a relief. I am enjoying this while it lasts. Monday we tackle the high ropes course, which I will have the chance to complete myself (along with several other interns). I’m really excited!
My boots are finally getting muddy and are going to be worked hard these next few weeks. I was thinking to myself about how this course is a 28 day version of two years of education, and my video project at the end is a three minute version of those 28 days â€”
a daunting task as I continue to watch the cadets grow into soldiers. It’s as much of a journey for me as it is for them, and I can’t wait to see where we’ll end up at the end of 28 days together.
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