Friday, April 24, 2009
Gold Phase or the lack there of
This SHOULD be the part where Matt's Platoon would be in GOLD phase, where they are given all sorts of FANTASTIC privileges such as phone calls daily, eating without a time limit, showers whenever during the day they feel it's needed as opposed to lining up and go, go,go! showers. I was really looking forward to GOLD phase, I know Matt really was too, but evidently.....some of the other Soldier's just couldn't be good for goodness sake...lol. Nooooooo. A choice few were caught with contraband, they were purchasing candy and tobacco products at the PX and then selling them to other Soldier's in their platoon. MORONS! So Matt's entire platoon was busted back to RED phase! UGH UGH UGH! RED Phase BLOWS! Back to screaming in their faces, smoking them for hours on end for no reason (non stop workout/drills until their shaking), eating with 3 minutes, showers of even shorter time limits and little if any letter writ ting time and NO phone calls. Oh well, I knew I wouldn't get many letters or calls these last two weeks seeing as they are on their 5 day FTX, basically war games, live ammo, bombs going off and so on while they are camping basically, then they do a 25-30k ruck march back in from the Field, with full packs averaging 60-80lbs. LOVELY..lol Ya bet they are sore then! They won't be back until Tuesday this coming week, then things should settle down, and they begin cleaning all their gear to turn back in, out processing, and cleaning the barracks nonstop until we get there for the graduation dinner and ceremony. It's almost done!!!! light at the end of the tunnel folks!!!! I know Matt is super excited to see all the family that is coming! We wish we had more time between the graduation and the move to go visit family but it's on ARMY time..meaning NO time...lol.