This is a first person account of everything, legitimate and illegitimate (contraband, fighting, etc), about spending 10 weeks at United States Army Boot Camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
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The time is 11:34 pm, November 19, 2008. I slowly awaken from my semi-slumber on the bus from Oklahoma City International Airport to Fort Sill. I have just signed a 6 year contract with the United States Army and will begin my training here at Fort Sill. I see the bus driver talking to the guard at the gate. We slowly drive through the night until we arrive at a series of monotone buildings in a row. “Welcome to Fort Sill.” the bus driver says to all of us on the bus. New recruits. Fresh meat. We stand up and start filing off the bus, unsure of what is to happen to us next. I reach the steps of the bus, there’s no turning back. I step down the stairs, nervous as to what may be ahead of me. Should I really have done this? Was this what I really wanted? I step off the bus and a Drill Sergeant is yelling at me to move quicker. I quicken my pace. The Drill Sergeant continues yelling, I am not moving quick enough. I hate the Drill Sergeant. I feel as if the hatred is mutual. This is going to be a long ten weeks. We move in a speedy yet orderly fashion into a classroom of sorts. They give each of us paperwork to fill out and we all complete it. The Drill Sergeant explains the rules and what will not be accepted. No nicotine. I don’t think I can do this. No caffeine. I don’t think I can do this. I picture all the reasons I am doing this. My pregnant girlfriend, my need to be more than just another person on the street, money. Money. Money. I need the money. I decide to deal with it for now. They make us move down the stairs and down the row of buildings. It’s freezing cold out. I don’t think I can do this. The Drill Sergeant leads us to a building in the far back. He tells us new recruits to go into bottom north and find a bed. We happily oblige. I’m happy to be going to sleep, but unaware that it is not for long. Might as well rest while I can. Tomorrow starts my whole new life.