Well here we are, the start of week seven. Week six has been interesting, when last I posted I talked about being section senior and expecting that to change - turns out my instructors had different plans as I am still the section senior. I'm told by the recruits in my section that I'm doing a good job, so good in fact that our instructor has had to become more ... creative in finding problems with our inspections. Who dusts the slats that hold up a mattress anyway?!?!
This week we have been the duty platoon here at BMQ (Basic Military Qualification) which means that we have all been doing odd jobs around the garrison such as cleaning the infinite lockers and cleaning up the bar after a night of partying. All told this week has been pretty easy, with lots of early days and lenient timings. However, we did receive our weapons this week. I'm the proud owner of a C7A2 rifle, at least temporarily. With the rifle comes a whole new set of responsibilities as leaving it unsecured or losing it is a chargeable offense - something none of us want to do but so far 3 of us have managed.
All told this week has been pretty quiet, I've spent a lot of my spare time working on my room or polishing boots - not the most exciting thing in the world but it passes the time. I have never been the most patient person in the world, however somehow in this crazy environment I am finding I am more patient than most. I don't mind waiting in lineups or standing endlessly, I don't get irritated or upset I just wait. Strangely enough, I think that is a large part of the training here - teaching you some mature patience. Besides, after a particularly difficult drill instruction or physical training, standing in a line is a welcome relief.
For those interested, here is a brief rundown of the rifle currently sitting about 2 feet away from me.
Characteristics: Gas operated, Magazine fed, Air cooled semi-automatic or automatic.
Weight: 3.2kg and 3.8kg fully loaded.
Rate of Fire: 700 to 940 rounds per minute
Optical Sight (C79A2): 200 meters to 800 meters.
It's quite a monster, I'm told it is highly accurate with minimal recoil. It's also very pretty.
This last bit is largely only for my friend Waiken. I want to congratulate him on his new marriage and more importantly on the little baby he has on the way. I hope you have a happy and healthy baby, you are a lucky man. I also wanted to let him know that I live on the seventh floor, and to get to my room I have to take the second stairwell. This means that the sign on my door is 7-2.