|You're in the Army Now|
When I left the hospital I was weak but determined that I would not be recycled. I was picked up from the hospital and immediately returned to where my unit was training. As it would be on that particular day we were being driven on a forced march by the drill sergeants. I don't know how I made it through that day, only pushed forward by determination, but I did.
Part of being in basic training is that there are friends and family at home waiting on your return. I lived for mail call hoping that there would be letters. Getting a letter provided a little bit of escape from the present situation. I would sit on the back barracks steps, a quiet place, to read the letters.
You're in the Army Now reflects the feel of that eight week period of my life. It was a situation I was forced into but also a time when I was in my best physical shape ever. I thought I would not survive but I did. Reflecting back on it I really can not believe I actually lived that part of my life.