December 25, 2009
The las two days were spent in the field. It was probably the most fun I’ve had since I’ve been here. Wednesday started early with classes on combat field and course navigation. We learned how to manipulate obstacles while keeping a low profile during the day time. It involves a LOT of crawling and tore up knees and elbows.
After class we hit the course. First on our own and then again with a buddy. The course involved low crawls, high crawls, flat crawls, lots of sand, barbed wire, bulk heads, tunnels, water, mud, trees and chaos. Oh…and constantine wire, which is rolls of wire with razor blades welded to it. I thought it would just be dull, plain wire for training purposes, but my hands found out the hard way that it was the real deal.
Next we dusted ourselves off and headed to the class for night time course navigation and how to move at night. The only light we had was our eyes, which obtain 98% night vision after 30 minutes of dark.
After class we waited…for the dark to arrive. We hit the course for a third time, kevlar, ammo belt and weapon all dug into the cold sand with me. This time we had to maneuver in the pitch dark and take cover whenever an aerial flare was released. The actual name is “white star cluster,” which can be shot off out of the m203 grenade launcher. After the third time of completing the 500 yard course, we took baby wipe showers and jumped in our sleeping bags for some much needed sleep.
Some other stuff we learned were the basics of the M249 SAW (Squad Automatic Weapon) and the M203 Weapons Systems.
The next day started with more field classes on daytime land navigation. The classes included map reading, compass reading, topography, plotting points, azimuth angles, pace counting and multiple methods of staying on the course.
After land nav classes we hit the woods in fire team formation (4 man groups). We navigated a day and night course on our own. No D.I.’s and it was a blast. I could have done that for 3 months. The night course was especially fun…and a bit relaxing.
The Basic Warrior Training was overall great, even though it seemed rushed like everything else we do. Being here is like being a magnet and the magnet is moving past a pile of heavy nails at fast speeds…picking up what it can, when it can.
The most important news is that I get to see my wife and family in 20 days. It seems surreal. The crucible is exactly 2 weeks away from yesterday (December 24th). This coming week is admin week. We’ll spend a lot of time in the classroom and getting ready to become Marines. We’ll be learning a lot of basics about getting to the fleet, proper procedures, uniforms, terrorist awareness and marriage in the Marine Corps. We also have our practical application class Friday.
We still have a lot of demanding events left, including the PFT, CFT, Practical Application Test, final written test and the MAC DADDY of them all…the crucible. I’m ready, with my eyes on the prize of the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The final prize will be seeing my wife!
– Recruit Webb
II Corinthians 4:8,9
We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.