My first drill with my unit, I went to the field. Talk about mind warping. I was a litterally brand new 17 year old HS junior who got dropped into the NG with a bunch of guys who were almost old enough to be my fathers, and some (1SG) were even old enough to be my grandfather. Most of the guys in my unit, because we were so close to Lejune and Bragg, had done some AD time. My SQD LDR was 24th ID in the first Gulf, my Team leader had his long tab, and my PSG had a combat jump and CIB with the 82nd. You can learn so much from these guys just listen.
If Heaven I cannot bend then Hell I will stur.
We must give them the bayonet!
-Gen. Thomas Jackson