Former Cudahy Student turned American Soldier. Just here to share my experiences.
When it comes to being in the Army, you are no longer on your own time. It's the Army's time now and you have to be there when they say...even if they are going to make another hour or two.
My recruiter warned me the day I went to MEPS would be in the top three longest days of my life, the other two being the day I have my first child and my first day of Basic training. And he definitely wasn't joking.
All day, I moved from waiting room to waiting room, trying not to doze off as I watched the game show reruns that were playing in most every room.
Needless to say, after the whole process of the physical, I got close with a lot of my battle buddies I met there. We were either sitting with each other, waiting to see the doctor, or "duckwalking" together across the cold tile.
After filling out paperwork and completing my physical, they told me I had to come back because the computers were done. Hurry up and wait, indeed.
The day I enlisted was one of the proudest moments of my life. I raised my hand and became a part of the most amazing organization in the United States, no probably the world. I'll never regret it!
After enlisting I started going to RSP (yes, more acronyms!) which stands for Recruit Sustainment Program, which is a program for soldiers in the Army National Guard that helps prepare them for the Army.
We did mock PT (physical training) tests, paintball, medical training, and lots of push ups. It was a weekend a month, and I went from March till July.
Then came August, which for me, meant one thing: Basic Training.
Just letting everyone know, I might not be able to post until after the New Year. I get to go home tomorrow for the first time in 4 months and I'm extremely excited. If I don't get to post, I'd like to wish everybody Happy Holidays and a happy new year!