Sherpa realizes he hasn't been bringing the funny much recently. Instead, he's been heartfelt and reflective. I cannot allow this to continue.
So, in celebration of being back on "indefinite temporary full-time stateside military duty" as of yesterday, I thought I'd share with you some of My Favorite Things about Army Life:
- You never have to dither over what to wear in the morning.
- There is always coffee. Not necessarily good coffee, but there is coffee. Coffee that you can chew.
- Provided you don't spill coffee on yourself, the daily maintenance of the digital sage-green-and-tan Army Combat Uniform (ACU) is pretty minimal--there's no more spit-shining your boots anymore, or pressing and starching your uniforms. Of course, you do have to wash the ACU in Woolite, but that's weekly maintenance, not daily.
- Gore-Tex desert boots are nice and toasty, if not exactly slip-resistant.
- The Army cattle-prods you into doing regular physical training (PT), but also gives you the time during your duty day in which to do it.
- People are generally friendly, and focused on solving problems, rather than on creating them. I cannot say this of every place I have ever worked.
- You have regular access to the Reserve Component Automation Systems (RCAS, and pronounced "ar-kaz"). This is the computer network that all the full-time National Guard personnel use. Now, when a full-timer says "well, the file is available on the RCAS," you can actually get that file. The Great Firewall of China is nothing compared to how the Army has successfully secured information access away from the traditional "M-day" Joes-at-home. I'll probably expound on that theme later, but for now, let's just say that it's like upgrading from dial-up to cable-modem, access-wise.
- You get to keep a knife or multipurpose tool on your person at all times. And size matters.
- Everyone knows your name, because you're wearing it.