Sunday, September 11, 2011

IBOLC Week 16: CLEANING WEAPONS (and graduation)

What you have to realize, is that I spent more time cleaning weapons in IBOLC than I did doing any number of things, including being in a leadership position (for which I was there to be graded and trained on) and writing and/or giving OPORDs (the meat and potatoes of my job as an Infantry Officer).

We got back from the field that Tuesday afternoon, about noonish. We were instructed to immediately go into weapons maintenance. No food, no sleep, no breaks - just clean. Never mind that we had just done a twenty mile ruck march and company attack - it's time to clean. UNTIL 2300 HRS.

So for 11 hours that day, we cleaned weapons. We woke up the next morning, waited around for trans (only three hours late this time! progress!) while we cleaned weapons, and then cleaned weapons some more when we got back to garrison until 2000. So that day we spent about 12 hours cleaning.

The next day, Thursday, we did some PT in the morning and then literally just changed our PT shirts and went right back to weapons cleaning. We cleaned all day until about 1700 with no lunch, putting out about 10 hours. In total, we spent over 30 hours cleaning our weapons.

BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!!!

Tuesday, after the four-day weekend, we all came back bright-eyed and busy-tailed, ready for the final week of IBOLC. We were finally here, Week 16 of Infantry Officer Basic Course. It promised to be a relaxed week of out processing and preparing for those of us headed to Ranger School in less than five days.

What actually happened, is that we got called in to clean weapons again. So for about five hours that day, we cleaned weapons again. But don't worry, we put in some the next day. That's right, on Wednesday, the day before graduation, we went through the graduation ceremony a couple times before going into the day's real work: cleaning weapons again. So for another five to six hours, we cleaned weapons. Bringing the grand total to approximately... (drum roll please):

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FORTY THREE HOURS OF WEAPONS CLEANING!!!!!

Oh and then we graduated. The ceremony was about 25 minutes long.

The end.

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