It was cold this morning, with predictions of being cold all day. Hoer Ice was sitting on the ground and the drive way's puddles from last weeks rain were iced over. Some parts of Western North Carolina got a little snow, the second of the season. I saw a few flakes myself this morning.
Where as to begin the subject I intend to talk about, I don't know. So, when in a predicament, you go back to the basics. I'm going to tell you what I'm going to tell you, I'm going to tell you, then I'm going to tell you what I told you. A subject I don't find myself writing about as much any more. The Army.
This last weekends Battle Assembly (AKA Drill)was an exercise in just about... Pressure. If you don't put something to work, if you don't put pressure on it, how do you know it can perform? You've got to put it through the motions.
I had to do the seldom done act of wearing my Class A's, the Dress Green Uniform. Being that I am the Acting First Sergeant, I was required to sit on a board. You can think of it as the Army's formal game of trivia. Though, I have won a board at Division Level, such things are a Dog and Pony Show to me. Don't get me wrong, they can be fun. I was once sent forward to a board, a little aggravated because it was making me lose Hunting time, walked into the room with the intent of not looking like a fool and won the thing. But, this is not about me, it's about potential. I sent a young guy up to the Soldier Of The Year Board. He has exactly one year in the Army. I was being frowned at by some of my peers for sending him, but, it was going to be a good experience and I thought he could do it fairly well. Besides, I was told to send someone, and I did. He wanted to go, he was wanting to perform. We through some tough questions at him, and he wasn't getting but a few. He managed some good composure, but showed his frustration...I was getting aggravated at him for it. I said to the others after he exited the room, we can't have diamonds without pressure. But, the other First Sergeants were impressed. They wanted to send him on to the next board at Brigade. I said I could get him ready. I have to do something to get him as much experience as I can, Dog and Pony show be damned. He is on the spot when called, respectful and possesses insight. He's capable. I have to see to it that he is tuned, not just for the Board, but for the rest of his years in the Army. I personally believe that he will do good. I'm not going to get him slaughtered. A Private in Reserves is very inexperienced compared to one on Active Duty. It's an exposure issue, not capability.
You don't know how a Dog is gong to hunt until it's on the Bear. You can't have diamonds without pressure.
I had intent of going on, but, I'm honestly done typing. It would turn into one great big olive drab gripe session. The subject will rear it's ugly head again soon, I'll save it for then.
All Hail The Soul's of the Brave...