YOUR Military Story- What do you remember about your drill sergeants or instructors?

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 week I talked about my first day of Boot Camp, and encouraged all readers to share their experiences.  Who could ever forget that day??

Interestingly, the day I am writing this marks the 21st anniversary of the day I left for boot camp.  How in the world is it that many years ago?  Maybe it seems like yesterday because of the profound impact it still has on me.

The thing that makes Boot Camp though are the drill sergeants. So our topic today is, what do you remembers about your DS or DI?

*I remember them swarming formations looking for the slightest imperfection in uniforms.

* I remember my Senior Drill Sergeant Bullock (remember, the one who chased me up three flights of stairs?), and how she would make me spend extra special time with her doing sit-ups.

*I remember how she used to call me by the last name of another girl who looked like me, "Bills", when my last name was "Robinson", and getting cussed at if I corrected her ("Robinson, drill sergeant!")

*I remember seeing the softer side of a drill sergeant.  DS Lachey actually teared up one time towards the end of boot camp while giving us a pep talk.  Did he actually like us???

*I remember DS making us do ten push-ups for every piece of mail we received, while in a hot and crowded hallway.  Or while they ate our homemade goodies unsuspecting and well-meaning loved ones sent our way.

*I remember being absolutely ticked at them for making us do the same stupid, seemingly nonsensical thing over and over and over.

*I remember DS Davis, who could be meaner than a snake, looked like Michael Jordan, and actually would not allow me to quit boot camp (that is actually another story for another time...).

*I remember getting so scared by another platoon's DS during our diagnostic "practice" PT test, that I could only do THREE sit-ups.  (I wrote about that one here.)

*I remember how absolutely hilarious DS could be, making up the most inappropriate but at the same time spot-on nicknames for the screw-ups among us.

I could go on and on, but will save some for later in other stories.

What do you remember about YOUR drill sergeants or instructors?

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