WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Lake Dallas, TX
A little story...
When you get to Basic Training, you will be given a card to fill out. One section is your "wish list" for future assignments. You have to give TWO overseas requests and one stateside. Stateside is anything in the lower 48 states.
When I did this, I had some fucked up logic. I figured I would like to go to Ft. Polk, LA because it was very close to home for me. I knew in advance that Ft. Polk was a shit hole but that was ok to me since I was planning to drive home on the weekends..
So I put down Polk as my stateside assignment with Italy and Japan as my overseas choices. I chose those because I KNEW they were cherry assignments. I just KNEW that there was absolfuckilutely no way I was going to get sent to Italy or Japan.
So I finish basic and go on to AIT in Ft. Rucker, AL. During my last two weeks, the Drill Sgt handed over my orders and told me to report to the Doc for my shots. He yelled out in front of the whole Company "Go to the Doc, Get your Shots, your going to KOREA!" My first thought was FUCK!
So I slowly sulked down to the Doc to get my shots. While there the Doc asked me where I was heading to. I handed him my orders and said that it didn't have anything on it but an APO (military equivalent to a Zip Code). I told him what the Drill Sgt had said about Korea. So he did me a favor and looked up the APO number. He then said, "Son, you ain't goin' to Korea. You've won the fuckin' lottery. You're going to JAPAN!"
I might have sulked my way down to the Doc, but I swear I floated back to barracks.
Drill Sgt GILL (aka "The Gillavator") came out and asked me exactly where I was going. I just stood up at parade rest, smiled and said, "Camp Zama, Japan". I swear to God his face turned 3 shades of red. You see, Drill Sgt Gill had been in the Army for over 20 years. Japan had always been on his wish list but he never got to go. Then here comes this snot nosed kid that gets that assignment on the first shot. Needless to say, there were push-ups in my immediate future.
It was all in good fun though. I didn't mind at all. Hell, I was laughing through most of it. Then the Senior Drill Sgt (I shit you not... his name is Drill Sgt BATTLE!). He comes in and asks me why I'm pushing floor tiles. Drill Sgt Gill tells me to inform the Sr. Drill where my 1st assignment was going to be. After informing him, he said, "well just keep on pushin"
I spent two years in Japan. I met my wife there. One helluva a fuckin' great place to live. We're planning to go back this spring to visit the In laws. We might be back in time for the cherry blossom festival...