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There's tired...

...And then there's Army tired.

This weekend was the PT test. I was not looking forward to this AT ALL because I'm very bloaty and a week ago I hurt my back. I think I did it in my sleep; I awakened with intense pain in my lumbar curve. I gave myself permission to get merely passing scores on each event, but doing so just rankles me. I'm also at That Time of the Month which with me in perimenopause is just weird.

So I went in with a stiff and sore back for which I'd gotten a prescription for Flexoril. My billeting was in the room next door to the one I stayed in for a week last time. Turns out the gal who is in the room actually lives there. She's on very long-term orders related to a school she's in, so she decided to just move into the billeting rather than get an apartment. She was very affable and gracious; offered me a glass of wine and we chatted a bit about the Army and meditation. She only been in one year.

The lowest score you can get on a PT test is 180. I did considerably better than that. I got a meh score on pushups, a blah score on situps and a whatever score on the run. Thing is, that still probably took me over 210, which is better than minimum. I was in a lot of pain during the situps. The run actually made my back feel better. I didn't have high hopes for my run between my back pain and the heavy fog that was over north Orange County. I didn't have any trouble breathing though, and while I was slower than usual I didn't have any problem running the distance. As my back and hips warmed up they started to feel much better, which I hadn't expected.

Our Staff Judge Advocate from the 200th was visiting us from Baltimore. He's a full bird colonel who of course arrived with his sergeant-major. Both were kindly and humourous; Colonel talked about what a drag it was getting older and how he and his aged golden lab dog grunt like old men at each other in the morning. Sergeant-Major is from Guyana and has none of the "I need to have power over my underlings!" vibe Sergeants-Major often get. Saturday night Colonel took Sergeant-Major, Ma'am and me out to dinner at the Original Fish Market. Nommy food, and it's usually fun to get together with other JAGs. The unit has a bit of a hard time grokking that JAG has its own chain of command and way of doing things.

Sunday was a heavy workday since little had gotten done Saturday, but work got done. I stayed until almost 6 pm since we were trying to finish up my very late NCOER (annual evaluation). But I'm home and I have had pizza and a glass of wine.

Trouble may lie ahead. USARC (US Army Reserve Command) decided that to save money they just won't pay for the hotel rooms of people who have to commute in long distances. They've been hit by hundreds of screams of outrage from commanders who are looking at losing all their out-of-town soldiers. They'll lose me if this happens; I refuse to pay to go to work. We'll know within the month what happens.


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Oct. 24th, 2011 04:59 am (UTC)
It's good to know that your back and hips did warm up from the running. And that you did pass teh ev0l tests.

The dinner sounds like fun and it seems amiable to have your very own distinctive way of relating to other JAG officers.
Oct. 24th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Question from a civilian:

I thought the Army owned you lock, stock, and barrel once you enlisted. How can you refuse to report for anything the USARC asks for without getting in a lot of trouble?
Oct. 24th, 2011 03:18 pm (UTC)
By "I refuse to pay to go to work" I mean that I will find a unit close to where I live so that I don't have to. Hopefully USARC will reconsider this because a lot of people are going to either have to go inactive or find new units otherwise.
Oct. 24th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
No payment for quarters?
Yeah, that's just batshit craziness which someone at DoD clearly didn't bother to think through. It's not like every Reserve unit has empty transient barracks just sitting around waiting for drill weekends to roll around.
Oct. 25th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
Re: No payment for quarters?
With the TX National Guard, there aren't any transient barracks at all. If you travel more than 50 miles to get to Drill, they put you up in a local hotel at their expense. I assume it's that way for most Guard units; the Reserves seem to function on a different level, though, a confusing and frustrating one at that.
Oct. 26th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC)
Re: No payment for quarters?
The policy for LIK has been the same as what you describe. Since I live 105 miles away, I get one night paid for. I go up Friday and pay for that evening out of my own pocket, since I'm not about to drive 105 miles for an 0700 sign-in.
Oct. 24th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Glad you survived the test. I was thinking about you this weekend fwiw.
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I had no doubt that you would pass it as long as you were conscious to do so.
Oct. 24th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
You've got your userpics back; do some updating, man! The interwebz miss your vitriol. (I almost said bile, but that would be an awfully wrong thing to say.)
Oct. 25th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
I lack the reservoir, but I'm still a producer.
Oct. 24th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting through the test so well!
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