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Old 08-21-2004   #1
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I'm back from boot camp!

Hey everyone! I just got back from camp a few hours ago and of course I ran to my computer because I missed my little beast so much.

Woo pictures!

I had the best time ever! I took the Royal Canadian Army Cadet Leader Instructor Adventure Course, which was to teach me leadership skills while out in the bush and under emergany situations. I passed the course, never had to go to the MIR (hospital thing), got silver fitness and a bronze drill competition award.

This is everyone in my platoon before final parade I am 4th from the left in the front.


I was on Bravo Company, 6 Platoon. We had British exchange students who were awesome! The English ones were the best, I shared a barracks with a couple of them and you guys are super interesting. All of you British people are fit (as in toned) all of them did extremely well on the physical fitness. The British army sounds killer compared to us Canadians.

So when I first arrived there it was way more army than I thought. I never got to leave the base and only got a little time off duty. That's what I hated the most, other than the constant being yelled at never wore civilian clothes.

For the first three weeks we went out in the bush a couple times but only for a few days to get used of the idea, and also taught lectures back at the base and everything like that. I also went repelling off a rock cliff, built and walked across a rope bridge, and shot C7's. I loved shooting those; they were wicked awesome.

The picture below is the rock cliff I repelled off of. (You can't really see it and I have a better picture it's just that no fucking FTPs will let me upload my pictures and I want to scream right now because the pictures are NOT THAT BIG SO screw off you stupid shit computer.) Anyway you get the point - it was high up.



By the fourth week we had enough training and we went on an 90 something kilometre canoe trip down the saint john river. That was so cool. (See, half of a fucking picture, you piece of shit ftp )

The first night out there we canoed 20 km and we were 3 km away from our biv site when it started pouring out.. so we were ordered to canoe harder incase it started to thunder and lightning. We're canoeing down the river and it really does start thungder and lightning out; our Warrent hollers for us to get to the side and out of the river. We paddle as hard as we can to the side eh and pull all the canoes on land in under 3 minutes (keep in mind my platoon had about 35 people in) and we started running for open land, however we were surrounded by a lake. So we pulled out tarps and all dogpiled underneath them and tried to wait out the storm. We waited there for an hour or so and our officers ordered to start marching back to our last point.


So we had to get our ruck sacks on our backs (mine was probably 40 - 50 pounds) and start marching in the thuundering lightning storm through the woods for 2.5 km. It was wicked we had to go through water to our waist and mud piles to our knees and everything. It was so cool. We made it back to our point and a couple people got hypothermia and other gross things but I was fine, so I helped everyone set up tents in the rain and we crashed there for the night.

(This is the day after the storm. We lost about 10 of our troops including our Warrant but we still canoed anyways.)



That was probably the most fun night of the canoe trip. We had to paddle the rest of the 70km in four days and I did it even though I have a bad back and it was killing me, but I didn't care.


Then the week after that we had our five day hike. In combats we took our ruck sacks and hiked from our base along a point route where we (senior cadets) were given grid references and we had to plot the points and take turns leading our groups to our biv sites. It was neat because lunch or sleep time was a destination, not a time. If we didn't arrive at the lunch spot by 12:30 then we kept marching until we got there even if it was 2 in the morning. If we messed up on the map and compass then we suffered. I led the group pretty well because I am good at map and compass.


On the last day of the hike we had night navagation where we led the group from 22:00 until 06:00 back to camp. It sucked because our group fumbled and we didn't get to our sleeping area until 16:00, which meant we had only a few hours of sleep before we hiked all night. but I did the whole thing and we got back into camp at good time.

The last week we just practiced for our final parade, and on that friday we had the parade then I left for home on Saturday.

I had the best time ever, I met so many people, found I guy I really liked and got really in shape. I cannot wait to go back for staff next year


I know it's long and boring but what can you do.
Also Kortenie has returned too She took the Army Cadet Leader Instructor Drill and Cerimonial course, and I imagine she will fill you guys in on her experience.


But I am glad to be back. I did think about you guys everyday, of course.
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Old 08-21-2004   #2
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

sounds tough. congrats on making it through!
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Old 08-21-2004   #3
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

you think people volenteering to do these programs would treated kinder than being yelled at wtf is up with that
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Old 08-21-2004   #4
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

Glad you're back, Spades. It sounds like you had a lot of fun. You missed out on quite a bit here, but you'll find out soon enough I guess. I can't wait to see the pictures.
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Old 08-21-2004   #5
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yay, your back
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Old 08-21-2004   #6
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

Finally.
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Old 08-22-2004   #7
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

Holy crap... glad you made it back alive. ;)
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hehe Shes back and tougher then ever.
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WOO! Welcome back, yeah, it did sound tough, but i'm glad you had fun
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

Welcome back! It sounds like you had a blast!
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

Wow, sounds really neat, i'm glad you made it out of there alive. I don't know if I could go through that. sshooting guns sounds really cool though.
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Hey, I wondered where you were. Congratulations! Are you ripped now?
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

wow your a lot touger then me I couldn't even get through that whole post cuase I got tired of reading lmao
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Lmao...I've never read any post that long. I kinda skim.
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

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I had the best time ever!
This is how you can tell she was in army boot camp and not marine boot camp. XD

Congrats on making it through, and welcome home. I didn't catch it, but do you know where your first post is? (I got tired of reading too. XD)
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goob job. that took awhile to read tho.
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owww Your all lazy!! ;)
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lmao, I didn't read the entire thing. I got the jist of it from the first paragraph.
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Re: I'm back from boot camp!

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owww Your all lazy!! ;)
well your not lazy... who has the problem here lmao
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I'm gonna be briefer than her... I couldn't even read all that and I was there with her!

Well, not on the same course. I was on Drill and Ceremonial and while it doesn't sound as interesting as Adventure, it definitely prepares you for cadets a lot more.

I learned lots of different things like rifle drill, pace stick drill and flag party drill, all the mandatory stuff. But the coolest things that my friend Spades didn't get to do here was Feu de Jois... it's a ceremonial gun salute for those who don't know. we got to fire off round after round with 303's. that was so much fun. We were supposed to have one for final parade but we didn't. I really wanted to be on that too...
Also, we got to shoot C-7's. I don't know if Spades got to do that too, because I don't want to read all that, but they are amazing.

After that all, we had to do somekthing called OJT. On-the-Job-Trainee. I got to be a warrent in another company for the day. It was so much fun. I had to teach them all rifle drill and other things. we got marked on how we did and I did very well.

anyways. I'll write as I remember later... too lazy right now. got something else to do in another thread.

Pics as soon as I get them! Especially the ones from the helicopter ride...

I missed you guys!
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