Recondo School memories
I went to Recondo School very early in my military career and it really had a positive effect on my impressionable, young mind (..aka "meat-head", among other, more colorful terms..)
Here are a few memories that bubble to the surface often for me from the 18th ABN Corps school in 1986:
The "intercom system" at Recondo base camp, I.E.: echoing what the instructor was yelling from the HQ shed.."Roster number 22, get up here, right now!!" repeated in parts, verbatum after each pause of the instructor during his message.
Going after a racoon that was spotted going under one of the buildings, one of my fellow students stuck it with his K-Bar.. The real kicker was that an instructor took it home, cooked and BBQ'd it, and brought some back to us the next day to let us sample.
Struggling to keep up with the lead instructor on a forced march and noticing that he was smoking a cigarette, puffing in and out as he hauled us up and down the firebreaks..
Watching a very large instructor reach up into the 3rd row of the bleachers and pull a "volunteer" down by the collar to illustrate interrogation methods during the classroom portion of E&E training.
I remember not being cold for the rest of the course after doing the slide for life, 40 foot rope drop and poncho raft portion (affectionately called "water sports" by the cadre..), all with a few snow flurries falling and a little ice on the banks of the river. It was like my furnace just kicked up a few notches once I was in dry clothes again.
One last one.. I remember looking at my notes from the advanced commo class and wondering "What the heck did I mean to write down?" as the words sort of sloppily blurred together and then ended in a line halfway down the page.. (I'm glad my eyes were open while I was sleeping, otherwise I would have had to hold my ruck over my head at the back of the classroom..)
I look forward to hearing from everyone else's accounts of their respective courses.
B Co 2/505 PIR 85-89 and 95-97
"It's just a case of mind over matter..If you don't Mind, it don't Matter!"