Tuesday, September 3, 2013
We are back from a three-and-a-half day weekend. It was a four-day weekend for the Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines in our class, but a three-day weekend for the Army.
We had Army Values training on Friday.
Now we are back and I have two punishment sessions today.
On Wednesday last week, I got a 63 on a news release. Anything below a 70 means remedial training. I made an error in fact which is an automatic 20 points off, plus enough other copy errors to drop my score below the passing line.
All we had to do is come in one hour before class officially starts and write another news release. I passed this one with no errors. It was not difficult, but it was another hour that I could not be doing my other work--which would allow me to get more sleep.
And that's the difficulty with our schedule. Because the Army (and no other service) has Physical Training at 5 a.m., which means formation at 4:45 a.m., which means getting up at 4 a.m., we are chronically tired. At least the older guys (me and the 30 year olds) are tired.
And at 4:30 p.m. today we will have remedial PT or drill and ceremonies because that's what we do on Tuesdays after classes from last week until we graduate.
So the morning was an individual punishment for a mistake I made. The afternoon is a mass punishment because some of us do not use proper form on some of the warm-up and cool-down exercises we do. We are collectively good at the actual exercises, but because a few of us did the bend and reach or windmill with imperfect form at 5 a.m., we will practice it every other week from 4:30 to 6 p.m.