Update from 1st oboe
I got transferred to the Removal From Service platoon yesterday. 10-15 days I'll be home. Unlike the past 4 days (in routing), we have books and newspapers to read. No more buffing the wax off the floor of the batallion office. I was working on that all 4 days I was there and still didn't get it done.
comment from Selma: sounds like busywork. Probably not supposed to get it done. Don't worry about it. Back to the letter.
RSP is pretty relaxed. A lot of sit and relax. I find it ironic that RSP is in the receiving barracks. My first and last days of boot camp are in the same building.
During my meeting with the batallion executive officer, I found out that I'm not "screwed for life" (as my SDI put it.)
My separation is officially considered a "convenience of the government". My service and training record will be here at the Depot for 2 years. After that, there will be no record of me ever being in the military. This will have no negative impact on my FBI background check.
I was advised by the BIV XO to get some "intestinal fortitude". He said I am too easy to convince, and should have never even talked to the recruiter.
I have no loss of respect or appreciation for the Marine Corps. I simply am not capable of becoming a Marine. I don't blame anyone. I had a tremendous opportunity to better my life, and took it.
I have no regrets about coming here. I have learned a lot over the last month. I have been through quite a bit of close combat training. Have had classes on first aid, Marine Corps history, and various miscellaneous topics.
Another bonus is that I have had the experience of drill. I am looking forward to getting back home and helping the HS marching band. Look out, OHS, here comes drill instructor Rynearson. It's getting late in the marching season, but if I get there soon enough, the last few shows should be amazing.
I'm looking forward to meeting some BBB members if my time waiting for my flight home permits. I'll be calling Selma and/or OT. If anyone else would like to get in on our little meet'n'greet (or whatever) I would say contact them. Maybe set uopa phone tree or something. (Ahh, optimism... don't think there's that many people wanting to meet me.)
I'll drop you another note when/if I find ou more details on when I'm actually getting out of here. I'm thinking it will be around the 27th-28th or so.
I miss my oboe!
Your friendly neighborhood English hornist
(Can't wait to get that back too!)
I think if Aaron actually finds the opportunity to escape and be social, we should take him out to someplace fantastically ethnic. Rubio's or Fat Ivor's (if they're open) should be ideal...
If he gets loose on Halloween, it'll be my (very pregnant) daughter's house, as my son-in-law has the Pirates of the Carribbean Yard Display, Show, And Cannonade ready to go. Escondido has no idea what's in store. Garrett is really INTO Halloween.