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 we talked about the food you ate in Boot Camp. Let's get fired up and talk about what weapons you fired. (Pun intended!!)
I can only speak for Army Boot camp in the 1990s here, so I would love to hear Army vets from other eras and those of you who served in the other branches respond with your memories.
Before leaving for Army training, I had fired exactly one rifle one time at a New Year's Eve celebration. I remember my shoulder feeling as if it had been blown off. Yea, I didn't hold it tight enough.
I liked going to "the range" in Boot Camp. The cadre and drill sergeants were very safety conscious. One time I was doing something stupid, I forget what, and Drill Sergeant Davis whapped me on the helmet with his paddle (like a ping pong paddle). Ouch, just like a scene from Bugs Bunny with the stars around his head. Other than that, I did well and shot Sharpshooter on an M-16A2 rifle, and expert with the grenades. We also fired an M-60 machine gun and an AT-4 grenade launcher for familiarization.
My most vivid memory of weapons training was the night fire exercise. We had to low crawl under live fire the length of a football field. Sergeants were spread out on the field making sure we kept down. I heard a few years ago a private stood up, probably out of fear, and got hit and killed during that same exercise. I am sure this is nothing for those of you who experienced countless days of enemy fire.
Your turn- What weapons did you fire during basic training? How good of a shot were you? Did you go into the military with weapons experience or not?
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