It is no secret that I set great store by our boots on the ground warrior writers/bloggers. I recently found Red Bull Rising.
Our No-Bull Purposes:
To explain in plain language the roles, responsibilities, and routines
of the U.S. citizen-soldier, with particular focus
on the U.S. 34th "Red Bull" Infantry Division
and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).
To illuminate ways in which citizen-soldiers past and present,
as well as their families, can be remembered, supported, and celebrated.
A recent column there:
02 February 2010
So, in celebration of being back on "indefinite temporary full-time stateside military duty" as of yesterday, I thought I'd share with you some of My Favorite Things about Army Life:
- You never have to dither over what to wear in the morning.
- There is always coffee. Not necessarily good coffee, but there is coffee. Coffee that you can chew.
- Provided you don't spill coffee on yourself, the daily maintenance of the digital sage-green-and-tan Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is pretty minimal--there's no more spit-shining your boots anymore, or pressing and starching your uniforms. Of course, you do have to wash the ACU in Woolite, but that's weekly maintenance, not daily.
- Gore-Tex desert boots are nice and toasty, if not exactly slip-resistant.
- The Army cattle-prods you into doing regular physical training (PT), but also gives you the time during your duty day in which to do it.
- People are generally friendly, and focused on solving problems, rather than on creating them. I cannot say this of every place I have ever worked...
There is more. Get over here, and read. Be sure to check back often.
Thank YOU for your service.