1. I was in the Army Reserve, the Army, and the Army National Guard.
Those are three different services. I started out with the Reserve because it helped me make the decision and decided to enlist in the regular Army after Basic Training. The National Guard was a big mistake, and I was glad to be finished with it.
2. I was the least likely soldier to be in the military.
I have “Adams Feet,” or flat feet. The whole family on my father’s side has them. In my case, I have high arches and they drop. It makes me a terrible runner, and I can’t march well either. They debated about me, then decided to let me in. The debate happened again during Basic Training, and then again at my first duty station. No one ever told me I had flat feet!
3. I went to war.
It was Desert Storm, when the thought of women deploying was strange and new and different. The photo above was taken when President Bush visited us for Thanksgiving.
4. I was enlisted.
With the way everyone talks about the military in movies and film, you would think that everyone is an officer. They make up only a small percentage of the military. Enlisted are the bulk of the service. Because I had a degree from a community college, I came in as a Private First Class (still a private) and left the military as a Specialist. I’m afraid I didn’t aspire much to come up in the ranks!
5. My Basic Training was at Fort Dix, NJ.
I went during the summer. Hot, really humid. Imagine a heavy cotton jacket soaked with sweat, and that was what it was like for us. Most alarming though were the signs posted on the words warning us about ticks. Yikes!
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