Facing My Fears
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The summer is begining and the last day of school is arriving. Right before school lets out my friends and i are getting ready to attend JROTC JCLC Summer Camp in Fort Benning, GA, so my Army Instructor is preparing our ACU uniform, canteen, pistol belt, cap, boots, shirt and socks. As i was being fitted for my uniform i was thinking about the camp, like would they yell at me as if i was in the real Army? How does the camp look? Do i have to sleep in a dorm with other people i dont even know? I asked my Army Instructor all of these questions and he answered every last one of them. He replied back with answers i did'nt want to hear. As everyone finished fitting their uniform we started to practice on cadences, marching, commands, positions, etc. We practiced and practiced and practiced until the last day of school has now arrived. Everyone rushed out of the school just before the bell rung but just before i could go my Army Instructor called my name, "Nicholas Jackson", i turned around and replied "yes sir", "we are going to have pre camp before the real camp on june 11-13 from 9am-11am" he said. "yes sir" i happily replied.
A couple weeks has past and now it's time for the first day of pre camp. All of the cadets that are going to camp had to wear the ACU unifroms with their boots, shirt, socks, and caps. As i came to the pre-camp i was very excited to see what we are going to do at the real camp in a week from now. In pre camp we learned numerous of techniques, like land navagation and pace counts, map reading, how to report in, and much much more. We even learned the different P.T. (Physical Traning) techniques to teach others. On day 2 of pre camp we did a recap of what was taught on the first day and we learned more techniques and commands. Last day of pre camp (day 3) we also did a full recap from day 1. Since this was the last day of pre camp our instructor bought donughts for us for an oustanding job. Later that day everyone went home to pack their things for camp. "Two more days and camp is here" i said.
Finally, JROTC JCLC Summer Camp is here and i am on my way to see how the Army feels like in a week. We had to meet up at Alonzo A. Crim High School in Decatur,Ga at 5:30am and buses pulled off at 7:00am. We got to Fort Benning in 2 1/2 hours and as soon as we got there we were put into our companies. Everyone was split up between Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, or Echo campany. The moment i got there i thought the camp would be fun but suddently everything changed. We had to get up at 4:30, lights has to be truned on at 5:30 and rooms has to be cleaned a certain way. If a sergant or colonel comes knocking at your door, you have to call "At-ease". Rooms are to be inspected every morning and you have to be in formation at exactly 5:30. During camp there are numerous of obstacles that you must accomplish, like diving in 11feet., drown proofing, malvesti (muddy obstacle, barb wire etc.), jump tower (42feet high), Reppel Tower (64feet high), mini obstacles and so much more. I thought this was the worst condition in my entire life but it turns out being the best because i learned alot from camp and met new friends plus i won an award for "Best Avanced Cadet in 1st Platoon Alpha Company JCLC 2013" and last but not least Alpha Company won the best company Award!!! HOOAH HOOAH!!!