We are really going to have a fun-filled weekend this coming drill weekend on July 10-11. I just got a note from Echo's training NCO, Staff Sgt. Chad Hummel, that I and the other 40+ year old soldiers have to get a blood test Saturday morning at 0900. That means fasting from 2100 (9pm) Friday night.
That will not be a big deal for me since I am just a grader on the PT test at 0700. But for the old guys who have o take the test at 0700 then wait till after the blood test before they eat, they are going to be grumpy old men waiting for their turn to get blood drawn.
I called Chad up and made the futile gesture of saying that I just got a blood test as part of an annual physical from my civilian doctor. I have complete blood work dated June 25. That, of course, is meaningless. I need and Army blood test.
After the 0700 PT Test and the 0900 blood test, I will be laying out all my field gear for inventory. We will also be turning in outdated items. This means during the next two days I will fill two or three duffel bags and a rucksack with field gear and uniforms for inventory.
Once the inventory is complete, I hope to meet with the Command Sgt. Maj. and the battalion commander about what I will be doing for the next three years. For the present I am training with Echo.