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Last time I talked about what extra duties or jobs you performed while in Boot Camp.
Let's talk FOOD. Chow. Mess. Your daily sustenance. They say the Army moves on its belly. I know I am safe to say that the Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are no different. We kike to eat!!
Chow time was something everyone looked forward to....they put you through the paces with endless exercise, marching and more so physical and mental drain happened daily. Chow made this all possible.
At my Boot Camp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, breakfast was given to us after physical training and getting a shower, at approximately 0630 each day. Sometimes we had to wait in a long line while other platoons ate first. This waiting time was never put to waste by our ever- present drill sergeants. Oh no. We couldn't just relax a minute after P.T., talk quietly to our friends, and daydream about home. It was full-on drill and ceremony. Endless commands of, "right face, right face, about face, left face, about face," and the sigh-inducing command if someone messed up of, "half- left face!!" which meant it was the front leaning rest position or push-ups for us.
Breakfast was normally good. There were always scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and grits. This was the south after all. Occasionally there would be biscuits and gravy, SOS ("shit on a shingle", or dried beef on toast), and potatoes.
Lunch was either in the chow hall if we were around Post, or portable MREs or mermite prepared hot food served if we were in the field training. Dinner was around 1700, and was a variety of things similar to if we ate lunch in the chow hall. Some meals I can remember were red beans and rice- served a lot because it was cheap, filling and full of protein- pork chops, scalloped potatoes, baked chicken, hamburgers, all other kinds of chicken and chicken casseroles, and tuna casserole.
The beverages served were juice or water or milk at breakfast, and at lunch and dinner it was water or "Victory Juice'- a salty kool-aid like drink that was said to help stop any dehydration and was rumored to curb attraction to the opposite sex.
After I left boot camp I came to like grits and red beans and rice, which this northern Yankee from Ohio had never had until that time! Your turn-
What do you remember about YOUR chow while in training?
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