Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

Surreal Memory

I just remembered something that I'd completely forgotten - a memory jarred by an article about private security firms in Iraq that I was reading.

At the end of my Basic Training at Ft. Knox, there was a big graduation ceremony. Since we were scouts, we went through 16 1/2 weeks of training, instead of the standard 8 for regular soldiers. The graduation was kind of a big deal, in that it was the very last thing we did as trainees. As soon as we'd passed the commander's final review, we were literally handed our papers and sent on our way with all but a boot-in-the-ass. Afterwards, you were expected to be on your way - no lollygagging around in the barracks - not that any of us weren't extremely anxious to put that place behind us after the four month ordeal.

So, because i was a good little soldier, I got chosen to carry the First Sergeant's guidon, a staff with the Troop flag and a spear-head on top. During the parade around the parade-grounds, I was to march next to the First Sergent, eyes front, turned out perfectly in my class "A" uniform - very serious. Certainly no grinning and waving to the crowd.

And then up starts the procession music, a rousing march by John Phillip Sousa, booming over the Ft. Knox parade grounds. "The Liberty Bell March". The name may not sound familiar, but you'd know it in a second - it's the Monty Python theme.

I'm pretty sure I smirked through the entire parade.

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