Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Modern Army Combatives Program


After the requisite 40 hours of intensive instruction and training, I am now officially Army Combatives Level 1 certified. Actually, it was closer to 16 hours (seriously), but with all those two-hour lunch breaks and pressing afternoon engagements (and possible head traumas), who's counting? I was surprised to discover that I'm not a completely ineffective wrestler, as long as the other guy has absolutely no experience either. It also helps if he turns out to be 20 pounds lighter than me, but hey, I didn't know that when I chose him to grapple with, right?

In other news, my six-week campaign (perhaps better described as an insurgency) to get to Airborne school comes to a head this Friday. Among numerous other indignities, I gave up my spot in Combatives Level 2 (and with it, the opportunity to get punched in the face by other lieutenants instead of just by NCOs like in Level 1) in the hope that I get to inprocess Friday. I'll let you this weekend if I spent Friday night in a loud club, knocking back Vodka Red Bulls in an effort forget the emotional and bureaucratic trauma I've endured, or in a loud club, knocking back Vodka Red Bulls in an effort to forget the emotional and bureaucratic trauma I've endured (with an Airborne slot).

2 comments:

  1. Can you report early to BOLC, tell them you are there and request schools?

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  2. Sean, as far as I know you can't report any earlier than your orders tell you to. If you did LDAC/LTC you'll have free time at Benning to try and get something. If not... you can't put yourself on active duty earlier.

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