Making Beds Can be an Adventure in Basic Training for the Military

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Military news…

An Army soldier who helped secure the Kabul airport during the withdrawal from Afghanistan by training other soldiers how to use a Toyota technical’s anti-aircraft gun — after they’d traded two cans of dipping tobacco for it — was recently promoted.

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​The sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard had no idea what to do when a fire broke out aboard their vessel last year.

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Tinker Air Force Base is trying something new: setting aside reserved parking spaces for junior enlisted airmen.

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U.S. troops based in Syria came under a “deliberate and coordinated attack” from an unspecified enemy on Wednesday. No Americans were reported injured, save for the myth that the Forever War ended with the close of the U.S. war in Afghanistan.

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“As someone who’s been issuing the damn things for over a decade, they can’t go soon enough.” That’s from an anonymous Army employee who’s had his fill of issuing Common Access Cards, the identification card used across the military.

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If complaining is an art form — and it most certainly is — then the U.S. military is the Juilliard School of Bitching.

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Here is another excerpt from my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and out of the Trenches of Life.

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Sometimes the Answers Are Right Under Your Nose

There was one aspect of basic training that made the times hard for a soldier. That was when it came to making your bed for inspection.

We had regular inspections by our drill sergeant. When he came through the barracks, he carried a quarter in his hand. When he passed your bunk he would drop the quarter on the bed. If the quarter didn’t bounce, he tore the bed up and told you to try again. 

I had some real stressful times of making beds at first. I usually failed. But then I learned some tricks about tucking in the sheets, and even the blanket. There was a double tuck you could do that made the bed tight and quarters bounced on it easily.

There were some guys who never caught on to the tricks that were right in front of them. They were too proud to ask others for help.

I have seen that in life after the military. People struggling to keep up with the world, because they are too proud to seek help.

Are you one of those who could benefit from outside help, but have never taken advantage of it?

I have compiled a very extensive military appendix for your use. It is in the back of this book. Feel free to search through it for help in almost every possible way a veteran or current soldier may need.

It is not “giving in,” to seek help. It is finally agreeing that what you are doing may not be working for you, and you want to find other ways to cope in this unfriendly world.

Many of the sources have proven to reach out to those who suffer with anxiety, fear, depression, and hopelessness.

Don’t hide in your own self-pity. Take that first most important step and seek help today. Go to the back of this book and find the right sources for your needs.

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This is not all of the chapter. You will have to get the book to see the rest. 🙂

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Speaking about beds…here is a bed check on how you are doing. How is you days been going? Too many days where dark clouds come? Too many days of not wanting to go to sleep?

FEAR NOT!!

There are over 13,260 fellow veterans subscribe to this site who have your back.

However, if it is just too much for you now, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free mber to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they will not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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General Mark Milley Just May be a Traitor After Just One Phone Call

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Military news…

“I’m not going to tip off any enemy to what the United States is going to do in an actual plan.” That’s from Army Gen. Mark Milley, who told Congress on Wednesday that he called his Chinese counterpart in October to assure Beijing it was mistaken in believing that America was about to launch a surprise attack.

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One little-known military contracting company nearly killed several former contractors, including Afghan interpreters, due to typos in human resources paperwork. It’s so bad that one former interpreter said the company, DynCorp, “left me and my family to the devils.”

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Air Force Lt. Col. John “Karl” Marks is the most experienced A-10 pilot in history. He bombed tanks in Desert Storm, saved Green Berets in Afghanistan, and mentored many young pilots through the years.

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U.S. Special Operations Command has already started delivering the Army’s next-generation sniper rifle to special operations soldiers.

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More than two dozen members of Congress signed a letter demanding that the commandant of the Marine Corps release from the brig Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, the former battalion commander who went viral for criticizing his chain of command.

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A Marine who says he saved a baby in Kabul by lifting the infant over the walls outside Hamid Karzai International Airport is now under investigation for appearing on stage with former President Donald Trump at a recent political rally in Georgia.

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I am through showing you all the table of contents from my upcomng book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of life.

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Checking up on my brothers and sisters. How are you doing? Do you fear sleeping at night? Do you feel lost now that you are a civilian? Is it rough being a current service member?

FEAR NOT!

There are over 13,125 fellow veterans here who have your back.

However, if the rat race is catching up to you, GET HELP!!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. There are highly qualified counselors there to help you, and they wil not hang up until they know you are OK.

1-800-273-8255…texting 838255.

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never fosaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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Following Orders Was a Must in the MIlitary, because Your life Depended on it

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Here are a couple more basic training stories:

My company went together to the grenade range.

It looked fairly easy. Just just be in the bunker, pull pin, and throw. Well of course, the guy right ahead of me had his grenade slip out of his hands and the instructor got him away before he could get injured.

So, I wasn’t as confident when I stepped in.He reminded me what happened to the soldier ahead of me, and repeated, “Take grenade, pull pin, and throw.”

I did exactly what he said to do, and I was successful. What I learned from that was, not matter how cocky you think you are be alert, and do exactly what you are told. That was the common thought throughout basic training.

My drill sergeant was a feisty guy.

He was only 5’7″ at best, but he definitely in charge. He would get in your face and scream if you did something wrong. He seemed very angry at those times, but I later realized that he was just trying to make us good soldiers.

He spent one Sunday working over me verbally. He had me go out in the parade ground and dig a big hole. He handed me his cigarette and told me to bury it there. I was able to do that with much sweat and grunting.

When I was finished burying it he said, “Dig it up again!” Al I said back to him was “Yes, Sargeant.” Of course, I had to fill up the hole again.

Towards the end of basic, he came to talk to me privately. He said, “I have been very hard on you. I wanted to see what you were made of. I liked what I saw, so I am nominating your for soldier of the month.”

I wasn’t selected as Soldier of the Month, by just the honor of being nominated was enough. He went on to name me an honor guard. We were in several parades.

What I learned from all of that was that there are times when you have to learn to accept orders, and do them quickly. That really prepared me for active duty.

Both of these stories are in my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In an Out of the Trenches of Life. Many more are there.

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How was your basic training?

Fun and Games, or do you have some bad memories from it?

You are not alone, my friend. There are over 11,500 fellow veterans here who have your back.

I remember a few guys who didn’t make it through basic. It was just too much for them.

If you have had some not so good memories from the military, and they control you, GET HELP!

Here is a toll free number to call 24/7. It has highly qualified counselors there to help you. They will not hang up until they know you are ok.

Do not take on this not so friendly world alone.

1-800-273-8255 Option # 1

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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