Day 1 of Week 2 we had our first test, it was challenging to say the least. In order to pass the test recruits had to receive an 80% or better. There were a number of recruits who passed and a number who did not meet the expectation. However, the entire class stood by one another with support.
We also had our first “motivational run” after line inspection, instructors included. The support of staff and fellow recruits is a true brotherhood.
While in the academy, my typical day starts by waking up at 5:30 a.m., shaving, showering, brushing my teeth, inspecting all of my clothes for perfect creases and being out the door by 6:10 a.m. Two recruits and myself have started carpooling, which allows us to study while we drive to class.
Line inspection starts at 7:45 a.m. Instructors thoroughly inspect for any imperfections in our uniforms. We hold one another accountable for looking sharp. Typically we have had two classes per day, each have been very enjoyable. This week we had three wellness labs. By Friday some of us were walking a little funny from soreness, but we finish every workout strong as a team.
Once we are dismissed for the day, each squad has duties to complete before leaving. Even though we leave for the day our job is not over. Once I get home I spit shine my boots, iron press my clothes, cook some dinner and pack leftovers for the next day. Then it is on to studying the material we learned. At 10 p.m., it’s time to hit the sack and do it all over again the following day.
At the end of the week we gave three different awards to recruits who did something to deserve extra attention. This week's most notable award, the “Sherlock Holmes” award went to Recruit Stevenson. During class, Director Baca asked where the Ten Commandments came from and Recruit Stevenson said, “God.” Everyone thought it was funny.
This award can also be known as the "Captain Obvious" award. He now gets to carry around a pink doctor kit for the next week. Pink goes well with Recruit Stevenson. I can already foresee that the next 22 weeks will be some of the best in my life.