By Ryan Smithson
Ryan Smithson joined the military Reserve while he was once seventeen. years later, he used to be deployed to Iraq as a military engineer. during this impressive and harrowing memoir, readers march alongside one GI's journey of responsibility. it is going to swap how you believe approximately what it capability to be an American.
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They hold each other, and I feel detached. They say they’re proud, but I feel like I’m abandoning them. I walk down the tunnel, not looking back, and wipe my tears on my sleeve. We land in Raleigh, North Carolina. I hate it already. My commander and the command sergeant major pick me up. The commander plans everything, and the sergeant major carries the plans out. They make conversation with me in the car. I answer their questions but try to ignore them. The commander asks me if I’m hungry. “No, sir,” I lie.
Just waiting like snakes under brush. I ⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄ 20 ⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄ stand up and follow the crowd. When we get inside, the young woman tells us, “This is reception. ” Reception is a week of in-processing. There are drill sergeants walking around but only to keep us in line. A true drill sergeant thrashing is rare. ” It’s where we do paperwork, get our uniforms, do more paperwork, get our hair cut, more paperwork, get our training gear, more paperwork, get a shot in our left arm, two shots in our right arm, blood drawn from the inside of our elbow, a tuberculosis test on our forearm, and a horrible injection in the top of our ass that bruises for three days.
Not all of them are kids, but most are under twenty-five. None of them have been to Iraq. They wash up, joke with one another, and introduce themselves to me. ⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄ 51 ⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄⁄ The platoon sergeant—a short, stocky guy with a good sense of humor—finds me and shakes my hand. “I’m Sergeant Munoz,” he says. Actually he’s a sergeant first class. ” This means he has three chevrons (pointy spikes on top of one another) and no rockers (the curved lines underneath). A sergeant first class like Neil Munoz has three chevrons and two rockers.