This week we graduated our 2nd cycle and after graduation I was able to meet most of their parents. I've never had parents come up to me, crying telling me "Thank You for taking care of my little one." I can honestly say that its the most humbling experience I've ever had. When you take a step back and look at it, I was responsible for somebody's kid for 9 weeks. We took them to a live grenade range and fired automatic weapons. We lived in the woods multiple times and we taught them combatives. We did some dangerous stuff with people's kids yet at the end of it all they couldn't thank you enough, BUT...I like to think it's more than that. I was part of a team that developed young men and women into competent adults. We worked tirelessly to emphasize that you must remain composed & positive through trying times. Life isn't always going to be fair, but that doesn't mean you give up. You must always have the spirit of a soldier & fight forward. I remember telling my DS that I would always hold the values & beliefs he taught close to me, & that I would mold myself into the lifestyle he preached....yesterday I was told the same. It was a moving moment having privates Thank me for changing their lives & that they'd never forget me. Tears of joy ran down their face as I held mine back...Graduation is a small accomplishment compared to the impact we made on their lives. .
All the days running off 3 hours of sleep, the skipped meals, and thousands of pots of coffee...it all makes it worth it watching these young soldiers strive to be who you are.
Best Job I Ever Had!
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