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let the countdown begin

Posted on 2007.05.05 at 11:30
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13 days.

related: got promoted to e2 private this week. this doesn't mean much other than a bigger paycheck (and some back pay, as i was supposed to get promoted in march).


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and in personally-relevant news, the good:

Oregon Soldiers Begin Returning Home from Afghanistan

the (possibly) bad:
"And as these soldiers begin to return home, another 300 citizen-soldiers prepare for deployment to Iraq.

The 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, 224th Engineer Company and the 234th Engineer Company have all received mobilization orders and are scheduled to deploy in the late spring and summer."

my paperwork is still with the recruit sustainment unit, but the personnel sergeant back in oregon thinks i'm now assigned to the 41st brigade combat team, special troops battalion, alpha company, which is the only engineer unit *not* being deployed.

let's hope so, huh? i need a break first.


quotamour at 2007-05-05 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on your promotion!! =)
Things Gone and Things Still Here
jette at 2007-05-05 16:48 (UTC) (Link)
Here's hoping you stay Stateside for a while.

I think of you every time I read an Army Times at work. I hope you get one of those new fire-resistant outfits if you do have to go anywhere.
innocentchild at 2007-05-05 19:16 (UTC) (Link)
Are you out of your second round of training? I know you were running off to be put through another bootcamp like experience. If so does that mean you're able to dismantle IED's and all that neato stuff?

Well congrats on more pay. Hopefully you're not getting shipped off to far away lands. I did have a blast with some kids (18yo) in Berlin who were on leave from being stationed in Afghanistan. They gave me malaria pills and said - "eat these and you'll have the most fucked up dreams ever!" and informed me this was something they did for fun. The rest of what they did for fun more entertaining and slightly disturbing.

Stay safe!
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-05 19:28 (UTC) (Link)
yeah, engineer training is pretty much just like basic was.

technically, disabling of IEDs is supposed to be the job of the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) guys. in reality, yeah, engineers end up doing it a lot; part of demolition training involved a day learning to both set and deactivate mechanical and explosive traps.

as far as getting shipped out, it's going to happen sometime- i don't expect that they signed me up for a 6-year contract to let me sit at home the entire time. i just hope i have more than a few weeks at home before it happens.
Colonel Angus
scosol at 2007-05-05 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
jeez- hardcore- i'm speaking from utter non-experience here, but fire before you blink.
hesitation is your enemy.
from what i'm told, after you lay down one skinny, it just becomes easier.
utterly distasteful, but sadly true-
*solid handshake*
Generation Y's Howard Beale
dk at 2007-05-17 22:53 (UTC) (Link)
in the context of an open-area firefight, absolutely.

unfortunately, in urban warfare, you really can't do that. Be Sure Of Your Target is drilled into us pretty hard, because Soldier X shooting Non-Combatant Y results in a lot of headaches and bad PR for the army.

i wish we could just deal with it twitch-style like an FPS game, but unfortunately there are a lot more non-involveds than there are bad-guys...

so yeah, being point-man when you're clearing rooms sucks.
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