Note: This is part of series to help ALL who served and their families to reminisce, remember and record memories and stories of your military service. Be sure to check out all the other posts and comment in the white space below each one!
Last time I talked about What Type of Training You Did in Boot Camp. Keep the comments coming! If you ever served, you trained. Share your stories.
This time I want to focus on what your barracks or quarters were like in Boot Camp. My guess is you remember the sights, smells and feeling of where you stayed.
I remember distinctly the smell of cheap pine sol in my barracks building in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. The air was heavy and humid, as the rumors of air conditioning we were fed at the reception station were a big fat lie. It was also during July, August and September and this was in South Carolina after all.
I was on the third floor of a three story barracks building. There were long hallways and rooms that each had four sets of bunk beds in them. The bunk beds were tall and metal. Each soldier also had a large wall locker for their stuff. There was one large bathroom, but the shower area only had 5 or 6 shower heads for our entire platoon consisting of 50 people. Yea, crowded isn't the word for it!
The feeling I had every time in that building was uncertainty and usually fear. Fear of the unknown. It was a feeling in the pit of my stomach that showed up the first day we arrived there, and did not go away until I left.
About 7 years ago I went back to Fort Jackson when my step-son graduated Boot Camp there. I went in the exact building I was in- the 2/139 training regiment, Company C, to use the restroom. There were privates everywhere dashing around cleaning and getting ready for something. Being in that hallway again brought it all back. Yes, the air was thick, it smelled like cheap pine sol, and I got the feeling back in the pit of my stomach when I heard privates yell, "Make way!!" as a drill sergeant streaked down the hall passed us. I actually greeted the DS, and he nodded, probably wondering who the heck this civilian lady was in his barracks. I smiled to myself because I knew I was walking out, and he could do nothing to me. :) So.....
What do you remember about YOUR barracks or quarters at training?
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