Personal Narrative: My Journey To Boot Camp

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The thought of going to boot camp scares many people off from military service. To me it was just another part of the journey I was about to undertake in a long career of military service.

I showed up to the Columbus, Ohio Military Entry Process Station on a cold November morning at 430 am before the sun started to peek about the horizon. I was very tired due to the fact I was not used to waking up before 7 am before that point. I walked off the bus into the station to be greeted by the desk petty officer giving me instruction on where to head to finish up my out process and get ready for the bus ride to Great Lakes, Illinois for boot camp. I finished up all the necessary paperwork got sworn in around 3 pm and was told to sit in the waiting room for the bus to take me and the rest of us to boot camp.

The bus showed up about 430 pm and I grabbed what little I was allowed to bring
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I thought they were going to take it easy on us since we had traveled so far but I was very wrong. The door opened and 2 Recruit Division Commanders stormed on the bus in there perfectly pressed uniformed and started screaming for everyone to get the butts off the bus and move into the processing building. This was my first taste of what turned out to be a very long first day of boot camp.

I entered the building along with the 40 or so other people that were on the bus with me and got told to stand on the lines painted on the floor and shut up. You could feel how nervous every one of the new recruits were and the Recruit Division Commander knew it and started picking the weak ones out of the crowd. I hear one recruit throw up, I heard one pass out and hit the ground, and another one was told to do push-ups until the RDC got tired. Once they were done with all that nonsense we got to all out parents to tell them that we were alive and we love them. I called my mom and did

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