Not every night, but often enough I do my ritual of sit-ups and push-ups before either before bed or in the morning. It’s a quick refreshing experience that can wake you up or make you tired. It seems to have the effect I need for whatever time of day I do them. Anyway, just thought I’d share this before I perform my little workout ritual and pass out for another long day in HazMat class.
I’ve been away at a class on transporting hazardous materials for my MOS. Ammo-62 is the name of the course, and boy is it ever so in-depth! There is a lot of material that is being covered, but I have been holding my own here, having passed the first two tests given with an “A.”
As an aside, one of the things that should be known is that as you move up the ranks you will need to ensure that you complete as many of the courses that are related for your specific MOS. The more proficient you are in your subject the better a candidate you become for promotion. Now this advice is given with the assumption that the MOS you are in is the one you really want to grow into, although you really don’t have a choice. Not improving and growing or stagnating is a sure way to mediocrity.
Anyway, look at all these books. I have to take them home and I don’t exactly have room to transport them back with me on the plane. Might ship them home.
On a break now, chillin’ with SGT Darius, a buddy I deployed with to Afghanistan last year. He’s a cool dude! Nonchalant as all get out. Haha!
I have gotten questions about fitness and nutrition in preparation for basic combat training over the years. However, this information is easy to find across the internet in a simple Google search. So I’ve slowly redirected people to links in addition to giving general advice of my own. My focus is not to recruit people, it is to tell one specific army story with a personal perspective and goal of inspiration. That’s all. I lost track of that for a bit and so my focus from now on will not be a whole lot on basic combat training. If advice about enlistment, fitness, nutrition, etc are needed, then you’ll most likely find me writing about it on this blog sooner than I would ever make a video about these things. I will, however, point you into all kinds of directions across the internet that will prepare and equip you with what you need to be successful. And truth be told, this is how the Army works. Your NCOs will show you where the information is, but you have to dig into it and apply it. HOOAH!
I am one of your subscribers on youtube and follower on FB not on tweeter because I dont have an accnt lol anyways.. Just wanted to let you know that is good to have you back! I watched every single one of your videos and were very useful to me before I did BCT in Ft. Benning and AIT at Ft. Leonardwood I am very happy about your E-5 promotion you deserve it more than anyone! I wish I had NCO’s like you in my unit.. But I will follow your example!
At some point in time every, and I mean every soldier passes through the fire of internal turmoil about a bad experience with leadership, and debates if all that crap is worth it. But then you realize, should you allow even one jerk NCO or officer to determine your future and change your perspective about your own career and success in the Army? The answer is no! Resentment stifles creativity and inspiration. I let my anger and resentment of a string of bad apples in a huge military organization, zap my passion and motivation to this project, Go David Strong. In short, I’m over it! My bad. Let’s keep it pushin’! HOOAH!
As always, I am waiting. This is the longest suspense I have ever experienced for getting home. So much paperwork, lines, unfamiliar beds, different rooms, people, and soldiers, from all over America.
My flight is on its way and once I’m on it,I start my final journey that brings me home. It all seems so bittersweet. The soldiers that I deployed with are all gone and I remain at another gate.
We experienced a whole lot of ups and downs together during what was truly a professional and social challenge for all of us. Tactically, we were on point. But this unit had a lot of adults who were challenged to mature positively. Some did and some, I’m not so sure. Deployments should bring about a change in a soldier, and I am changed for the better.
So I’m sitting here reading about Kathryn Bigelow’s film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which was amazing by the way, and drooling about her awesome artistry. I watched the film a few nights ago at Fort Bliss and was desiring to enjoy it, but to no avail, I kept falling asleep. My sleep schedule is off and still hasn’t fully reset. Moreover, I’m about to go from Mountain Time to Eastern Standard Time where I will have to make another adjustment.
It was 0640 when I started this post and I am dead tired. I’m afraid to sleep because I don’t want to grow accustomed to napping during the day. But let me tell you, as it approaches 0700, there is a small beautifully lit horizon beyond the airport runway.
Sitting and waiting as usual to complete all of my paperwork to finalize my return to America and deactivation from active duty back to reserve status. It has been relatively smooth, and more so than when we mobilized to go overseas, and I have no major complaints.
Anyway, there are hundreds of soldiers here, some coming and some going. Then there are those who must stay due to complications and/or injuries for one reason or another. I’m grateful to be fine and whole.
Now that I have been to Afghanistan and back and seeing other soldiers prepare to deploy to Afghanistan certainly presents a very different perspective. Im excited by it. I can’t begin to tell how proud I am to have come this far. And shockingly enough, I want to go back. I can’t explain it, but I just do. I like serving my country and whatever benefits come along with it.
Now don’t get me wrong. I definitely want to go home ASAP! However, once I’ve adjusted and experienced normalcy again, I simply want to deploy again. I am single, never married, no prospects, childless and an ambitious 30-year old man. And my job will be available to me. So, why not?