We lost another soldier.  She just couldn’t keep up with us on the run.  Nonetheless, my class survived the first week.  Day-5 was short.  We simulated being dragged by the chute canopies.  Our objective was to successfully release the risers from the canopy to stop being dragged once we make our landing.  Since 340+ students in a class is relatively smaller than the usual 500 or so candidates, we finished earlier.  We also did perform putting away the chutes (T-10 and T-11) into their carriers and got them checked by the black hats.

After chow, we policed the area and double-time marched back to the staging area.  It was only 1345 hrs.  Then we were released.  The safety briefings took place throughout the morning, but mainly right after the 0545 hrs PT.  “Don’t drink.  Don’t have sex with anybody but your spouse.  Don’t do stupid things.  Don’t get caught.  Etc.”  Yes, that’s what basically what the briefings were all about.

A Brief Critique

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“Kudos to you Sgt. Airborne!” [Photo from sogsales.com]
The demonstrations that the black hats and their apprentices perform are effective.  This is the total opposite of another teaching method commonly referred to as death by powerpoint.  Really, they make it interesting.  It keeps us awake.  The black hats memorize verbatim the instructions they give us.  I’ve never seen it anywhere in the military at least not in the Navy nor in the Army before!  These black hats ought to be commended for their hard work and diligence in keeping up a system of instruction that runs like a well-oiled machine.  Kudos! to you, Sgt. Airborne!

A Personal Note

Kelleigh, our third, turns one year old today [day after Day-5].  She can say “Daddy” now and able to walk holding onto mommy’s hands.  We skyped today.  All three children were animated to see their daddy.  “I miss you.  I love you.  I’ll be home soon.”