Boot Camp Prep

Well, here’s the update.

Yesterday I signed my official job contract. Once I earn the title of Marine I will be trained as a Cryptologic Linguist. I won’t find out which language I will learn until after boot camp. But I got my first choice job!

It’s been a long time coming. While I was living in Georgia I wasn’t able to get scheduled to take the DLAB (Defense Language Aptitude Battery). I had to wait until I got home, which didn’t leave me with much time. I scored a 137 on the test, and I hear that was a decent score. 

I’ve been working hard at getting back into shape. Living in the south certainly has its downfalls. Well, the food is great…but it’s not good when you are trying to make weight! The recruiters are learning to not worry about me… I made weight, passed all of the physical tests, and now I am good to go!

One of my best friends and I leave on the same day. He’s headed up north to the Great Lakes for boot camp and I’m headed to Parris Island, South Carolina. I will be there for thirteen weeks. My goal is to write a generic letter as often as possible and have Lauren post it on here to keep everyone updated on how it’s going over there. I hope it works out that way! 

Hopefully my address will get posted on here as well. I can’t guarantee that I will have to opportunity to write everybody, but I will do my best. 

Here’s to enjoying the next 5 days of civilian life!  

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Back in Oregon… Small update

Well, here I’ve been… since August.

This is just a small update….

Originally I was supposed to ship to Boot Camp on September 24, but as you can see, I’m still here. I finally got scheduled to take the DLAB and did a lot better than they thought I would. My score was a 137. I’m not sure what that means. I do know it’s well above what I needed for my Crypto Linguist position. YAY! After getting those results my date got pushed back. As of today it is now October 22. As the time gets closer (again) I am preparing myself both mentally and physically. I was so pumped and ready to go when my date changed. Now I’ve got to reevaluate and psych myself up again! I can’t tell if it’s a frustrating feeling or if I’m thankful for this extra time. My mental evaluation is as follows:

Reasons to be thankful:

1) More time with friends and family

2) More time to get physically fit

3) Time to get my transcripts in for promotion

4) …

Reasons it’s frustrating:

1) I was already prepared

2) My nerves are getting worse… (can’t tell if it’s just the anxiousness or actual nerves)

3) Grad date will now be mid-term for Lauren, meaning she might not be able to get out of school to attend.

4) I wanted to get the 13 weeks over with

5) Trying to explain to everyone why I’m still here

6) An extra month of sitting around doing nothing (no work, no car, etc.)

I’m sure there are more reasons to be put in each category, though I haven’t put too much thought into it. I am thankful for everyone who has kept me positive. For people I’ve met that  have helped me prepare, and for all of the support I’ve gotten.

I’m enjoying my time here and getting some relaxing in before I won’t have the chance to anymore.

It was great seeing all of the family at Dad’s family reunion. I loved getting closer to family that lives so far away. I wish there was a way that we could all see each other more often. Dad and his horseshoe partner won the tournament. That makes it the first time his name’s been on the trophy! There was so much food that we actually had to skip one of the planned dinners and eat leftovers. I’m pretty sure we were eating leftovers for two weeks afterwards and giving food away left and right! My mom does a great job at planning things like this. It’s also wonderful that she had so much wonderful help with the cooking and keeping up! My family is so great.

Anyway, there’s not much to write about since there’s not much going on right now… I’ll keep you all updated!