22 February 2010
` Being all you can be doesn’t sound hard to do, but it is one ofmany of the Army’s mottoes;if you think you are up to the challengetry takingthe test. It is nothing like what you see in movieslike Forest Gump or Major Payne; it is something more. You have to dig deep within yourself to overcome a lot of obstacles and duties to become a great soldier and join a wonderful team. Trust me I know, I took the test and succeeded to become a member of the Ohio Army National Guard.`
` In the process of becoming a soldier, you have many phases to go through; theonethat is most recognized is the infamousRed Phase. It is your first three weeks in basic training. In other words it is pure hell! Adjusting to a military schedule takes hard work especially if you don’t have a regularroutine schedule. I had come from a Universitywhere I stayed on campus so I had no routine schedule and the Army broke me in good. Sleep by 9p.m and up by 5a.m. You have to be in bed at 9.pm and up at 5a.m. becauseDrill Sergeants come through and checkthe bay (sleeping dormitory).
There were times I remember being awakened by Drill Sergeants yelling for us to get up and be dressed in five minutes. Some annoyingDrill Sergeants would get on the intercom and yell and scream until they knew everyone was awake. It was very nerve wrecking at first, but then itbecamea second nature to be awaken like that.`
“What’s your name” asked one of two men in camouflage uniforms standing in front of me. “Holtan, Drill Sergeant” I half stuttered. The other man flew into an angry rage and started to scream at me “Soldier, he is not a Drill sergeant, look at him now soldier! What rank is he now that you looked? “He is an officer” I said trying not to cry, my lower ...
` During Red Phase you get smoked almostevery ten minutes it can get really crazy. I remember on my first day, my Drill Sergeant was showing my platoon how to make up beds. My Drill Sergeant asked me a rhetorical question. I looked at him an then answered. I purposely didn’t give him the answer he was looking for, which I shouldn’t of done because he smoked me for twohours. He then left and came back and told me I still wasn’t done. My arms never hurt that much in my life!`
`A lot ofpeople in life are scared to face their fears, or avoid them at any cost. In the military there is no running. Many obstacles are put in your face and you have to take them by the horns andride themout. The good thing about that is you are never alone; someone is always there to comfort you or lend you a hand. `
`The taskI was so feared to dowas fire a firearm. I had never held a rifle a day in my life,but I knew one day soon I was going to have to fire one. The day we went to the range was very scary. I didn’t trust some of my battle buddies with weapons let alone myself. The first time I had to fire my m16,I laid down, lock and loaded it and when the man at the tower said“Soldiers go green”, I closed my eyes and fired my weapon. When we went down range to look at my target, I was embarrassed because there was nothing the target, but I expected it. My Drill Sergeant then gave me this long pep talk andit got me in the right state of mind forfiring my m16. Now I consider myself a semi pro. I love firing all types of weaponsnow, especially big ones. `
`Grenades were also very challenging for me. We did a lot of training with duds,which weigh less than an actual grenade. The day we went to the grenade course,I didn’t know what to do because it was more than one soldier out there with me. My aim is pretty good but mythrowing wasnot sowell.Again I had a Drill Sergeant next to me guiding me through the steps as we practiced and when I threw that grenade it flew very far I was proud of myself, especially because it was a live grenade. `
`Overcoming obstacles as the ones I just mentioned are easyto do when you have people there to support you; it doesn’t always start out that way. The army has a system set up to ease the way of meeting new people. It’s called the “Battle Buddy” system.It’sso you are never alone, and so thatsomeoneknows where you are at all times. The “Battle Buddy System”helps you gain trust in others with team building obstacles.`
Introduction: Health and safety instruction should be made available to all members of staff working within the building. This report will explain the experiences I had while working at West Grove primary school and I will clarify my role as teaching assistant and state these policies and procedures such as safeguarding, children injuries, first aid, dealing, with accidents, how to deal with ...
`A task to build your trust in othersis doing a task called “Land Navigation”. You take a group of four people place them in the woods and give them different points they have to visit before going on the next point. Then they have to go back to the starting point. You have to take a person that keeps track of how many steps you all take so you know how many feet you are going. One person has to keep time and another person has to look on the map andlocate the distance between the points. We did this event during the day, and then again at night. Doing it during the daywas quite fun but doing it at night was a different story. In my group none of us got along.We all argued and complained and it got really ugly. With me being scared of the dark, I was terrified out in the woods. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to any other points, but my team all knew the way back to the starting point which was awesome because I was glad to head back home. `