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    Woke up Saturday morning at around 05:15, got ready, and drove out to Sacramento MP armory. Arrived at about 06:30 and pretty much stood around for about 20 minutes or so. We were called to formation and gave the cadre member all cell phones, tobacco products, lighters, etc. Then we jumped on the bus and headed out to Roseville.

    Got off the bus, grounded our gear, and got in line for check in, height and weight, direct deposit, and PT Gear/Canteens. Then we formed up by phase and we were addressed by one of the senior NCOs (I'm pretty sure he was a MSG). He called us to attention, to which all the other phases shouted the following: "Motivated, motivated, down right motivated. You check us out, you check us out, HOOAH!" It took a while for us Red Phasers to catch on.

    Marched out to the PT field for warm up exercises, followed by the 1-1-1 test. I did okay: 41 pu, 35 su, 7:55 run. I'd like to do more by the time I ship out, so I'm definitely working on bettering those numbers.

    Headed back to the main area for a class on Physical Fitness/Nutrition by a 3rd party contractor. She basically told us that we needed to maintain our fitness and take care of our bodies. Then she proceeded to try and sell us he companies services... I don't think anybody went for it. The information was good though.

    Had my first MRE for lunch, and surprisingly it was pretty good. I got cheese tortellini and mexican rice. I also thought the automatic heating packs were pretty awesome.

    Shortly after, we all formed up to do the Gold Phase battle hand off (basically where they "hand off" new soldiers that have just graduated BCT/AIT to their respective units). I'm not gonna ruin any of it for recruits who haven't seen it yet... but it was pretty awesome. It was really cool seeing the difference between us half-wits in Red Phase and the disciplined new soldiers in Gold Phase. Plus, two representatives were there from the 1-184th IN BN to accept in two new soldiers and that part was amazing for me to see.

    We then had some classes on rank/structure and army values. That lasted for a while and wasn't really that informative for me... only because I've been obsessed with this **** for like 6 months now and spent my own time learning rank, phonetic alphabet, etc. What WAS really useful though was when the cadre would give us their personal experiences at Basic. After that we went outside and they started teaching us more about movements and drill.

    Dinner was catered: I had Mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, and some salad. We then had a short "fun run" to get our cots from the storage area. It was really funny because even after all the drill and classes we had that day, there were a lot of red phase that still couldn't figure out how to march. Even when our PL was counting off "LEFT, LEFT, LEFT RIGHT" etc... Showered/hygiene, set up our cots, and lights out at 22:00.

    Lights on at 05:00. Got dressed and formed up for morning PT.

    Okay, I don't know what normally happens at RSP for morning PT... but what proceeded to happen for the next hour was probably the worst *** kicking I've ever had in my life. I don't remember the exact details, but it went something like this:

    Our SSG PT leader had a deck of cards. Each suit was a different exercise (Body weight squats, Arm raises w/ canteen switching hands at the top, Mountain Climbers, and burpees). The number/suit on the card determined the number of reps that we did (face cards were 10). Not more than 20 mins through, we had at least a handful of people fall out to puke. One of the guys on my left was basically in a puddle of his own sweat. A lot of the guys were cheating on the burpees and basically just laying on the ground for the push up part.

    After all was said and done, our SSG let us know that we had just done a total of about 660 reps. 660 reps. Six-six-zero...

    So anyways, after we all died, we were allowed 30 mins personal time. Breakfast was catered... I had eggs and potatoes.

    After that, I was moved to Blue phase (because it was also my last RSP) and we cleaned the latrines. Had some classes where the sadist SSG that led that morning **** session instructed us on what to expect at Basic and some really funny personal stories about his experiences there. Another MRE (vegetable lasagna) for lunch and dismissed at around 14:30.

    If you were smart and skipped to the bottom of this post, I'll summarize.

    The Good:
    - Pretty much all the cadre were well versed and very helpful. There were a couple that were also really entertaining...
    - Excellent PT. I believe they've set the tone for what to expect at Basic.
    - Good food.
    - Fun (for me) all around. Gave me a chance to forget the civilian world even just for a weekend.

    The Bad:
    - Know it alls. There was one particular individual (His dad was like a SFC or something and he had went to some military classes in 3rd grade) who always wanted to talk ****. I guess it's not really bad because the NCOs saw right through it and smoked the he!! out of him.
    - I thought we might have gone over more information in the classes such as: military history, advice from NCOs, promotions, etc.
    - Every other word is "HOOAH"... I'm sure I'll get used to this eventually though.

    The ugly:
    - Accidentally going ANYWHERE without your battle buddy.
    - The 54 card 660 rep death session.

    But here I am at work Monday missing all of it.
    Last edited by mheathershaw; March 22nd, 2010, 06:15 PM.

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    Re: My first and only RSP

    Nice post. Just goes to show how different RSP is for everyone. Mine was similar in some areas, but very different in others.

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    • #3
      Re: My first and only RSP

      Originally posted by mheathershaw
      - I thought we might have gone over more information in the classes such as: military history
      I blame the Big Army for letting the Marine Corps corner the market on Military History. They teach all sorts of fluff to new Marine Corps recruits about "First In, last Out" (Which is mostly nonsense - the Revolutionary War, Civil War, The Landings at North Africa which led to the takeover of Tunisia, The Landings on Fortress Europe in WWII, The Trench Battles of WWI, and the Earlier Arrival of the U.S Army near Australia to engage the Japanese threat all beg differently).

      Why is this important? It instills pride in a new recruit, and makes them feel proud to be apart of a legendary military branch which claims the most decorated men of valor of any military branch (Lieutenant Auddie Murphy being just ONE of those top men) with inspiring leaders of whom many went on to become American Presidents.

      This is an important part of indoctrination that needs to be emphasized: The U.S Army does it the best, we've done it the best, and the lines "First to fight, for the right" were not arbitrarily put into our anthem for ****s and giggles.

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      • #4
        Re: My first and only RSP

        Originally posted by mheathershaw
        I got cheese tortellini and mexican rice. I also thought the automatic heating packs were pretty awesome.
        The rice usually blows in any MRE.

        Originally posted by mheathershaw
        but what proceeded to happen for the next hour was probably the worst *** kicking I've ever had in my life. I don't remember the exact details, but it went something like this:

        Our SSG PT leader had a deck of cards. Each suit was a different exercise (Body weight squats, Arm raises w/ canteen switching hands at the top, Mountain Climbers, and burpees). The number/suit on the card determined the number of reps that we did (face cards were 10). Not more than 20 mins through, we had at least a handful of people fall out to puke. One of the guys on my left was basically in a puddle of his own sweat. A lot of the guys were cheating on the burpees and basically just laying on the ground for the push up part.

        After all was said and done, our SSG let us know that we had just done a total of about 660 reps. 660 reps. Six-six-zero...
        Great PT workout. I learned this from some prior service Marines. Now incorporate some running and you have a tough PT session 4 days a week.

        Originally posted by mheathershaw
        Know it alls. There was one particular individual (His dad was like a SFC or something and he had went to some military classes in 3rd grade) who always wanted to talk ****. I guess it's not really bad because the NCOs saw right through it and smoked the he!! out of him.
        Get used to these people. They are everywhere.
        Originally posted by mheathershaw
        - Every other word is "HOOAH"... I'm sure I'll get used to this eventually though.
        We couldn't say "hooah" in OSUT. The word kinda annoys me now. It's really over used.

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          Re: My first and only RSP

          NCOs aren't historians. (Although some look quite historic.) And you won't ever be tested on it either.

          When you get to bootcamp, you should get a "smart book." Might even cover some Medal of Honor recipients. Go read those if you want to read about the best the US military had created. I highly recommend it.

          I completely understand why some would want it. But you do have 28 days out of the month to get your fill on that, if highschool didnt do much (an unfortunate possibility.)

          As for "hooah", if it annoys you...then you're still too new. It is a golden staple in the US Army and should just be a natural thing.
          Last edited by SteveLord; March 22nd, 2010, 06:54 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: My first and only RSP

            Originally posted by SteveLord
            As for "hooah", if it annoys you...then you're still too new. It is a golden staple in the US Army and should just be a natural thing.
            Hmm I thought I read somewhere that it was a recruiting thing...

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            • #7
              Re: My first and only RSP

              Originally posted by SteveLord
              As for "hooah", if it annoys you...then you're still too new. It is a golden staple in the US Army and should just be a natural thing.
              It just gets over used around here. It's a great motivational phrase.

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                Re: My first and only RSP

                Awesome post, give the newbies something to look forward to --

                Aaahhh, yes, I remember my first MRE...I think it was the omelette with ham....subsequently banned by NATO in the mid-90's...

                Love the deck of cards PT...

                Last edited by California Major; March 22nd, 2010, 08:02 PM.

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                • #9
                  Re: My first and only RSP

                  Originally posted by California Major
                  Aaahhh, yes, I remember my first MRE...I think it was the omelette with ham....subsequently banned by NATO in the mid-90's...
                  I was looking forward to meeting you this weekend, sir!! What happened?

                  I can't remember the last time I've been stood up like this...

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                  • #10
                    Re: My first and only RSP

                    Originally posted by California Major
                    Awesome post, give the newbies something to look forward to --

                    Aaahhh, yes, I remember my first MRE...I think it was the omelette with ham....subsequently banned by NATO in the mid-90's...

                    Love the deck of cards PT...


                    You know that picture isn't right, Sir.

                    That Specialist would have shammed his way out of doing that.

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                    • #11
                      Re: My first and only RSP

                      Originally posted by mheathershaw
                      I was looking forward to meeting you this weekend, sir!! What happened?

                      I can't remember the last time I've been stood up like this...
                      Sorry, took HOME-6 to the coast instead. Spent a day in the sand with a metal detector...

                      And since nothing I find explodes, its actually fun...

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                      • #12
                        Re: My first and only RSP

                        Originally posted by Chaplain4me
                        You know that picture isn't right, Sir.

                        That Specialist would have shammed his way out of doing that.
                        It all depends sir, you got your new Specialists (PFC Platinum, I call it) and the "I've been around a while Specialists". The old timer SPC woulda got PFC Platinum to do it instead.

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