I got promoted to Specialist! Woohoo!
Had drill this weekend. It was alright. Went to Florence and had a lot of crap to put into the database. BORING. Slept out in the open at night. Those Army sleeping bags are awesome. They keep you real warm. I woke up in the middle of the night wondering where the hell I was. Then I suddenly remembered. It was about 2am, and the stars looked beautiful. Florence is way the hell out there and there are not many city lights. So you can see a lot more stars. It was really pretty… I fell asleep looking at them.
Four new things are happening at my unit. First, my section chief SFC Herring is clearing out to an EOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) Unit. This really sucks, because he was an awesome section chief. I met our new section chief, SFC May, who seems to be a real awesome guy – former marine.
Second, I am getting promoted in December to E-4 rank. This means that I will be a Specialist – SPC Paliath. Among other things, I’ll be making more money.
Third, they might be transferring me out to another unit. This is because there are two people, me and this other guy, doing the same job (PLL [Prescribed Load List] Management). So they want to move me over to B Btry (Battery). I told my Commander and my 1SG that I’d like to stay, since the unit is 5 minutes from ASU and 20 minutes from my home (walking). It’s really convenient. They said they’d relay that to the Battalion Commander and also put in some words of their own. The final word is up to the Battalion Commander though. I hope I don’t get transferred. I like it in C Btry… I’ve made a lot of friends there.
Finally, there is another Indian guy in C Btry. This brings the grand total to (drum roll please) 2 desis in C Btry. I haven’t met him – he’s a Second Lieutenant. Which means, I will be addressing him as “Sir” and will also be at the position of attention while talking to him. He’s 2LT Tripathi. Will probably talk to him next drill.
Well, that was my weekend… I’m doing 421 now (no surprise)… going to sleep in a bit. I’ll finish the rest tomorrow.