However, the Marine Corps, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that our barracks need a 24 hour roving security detail (maybe the Taliban followed us home?), and has decided to give me a 4 hour time slot in the middle of Friday...and middle of Saturday. This, even though I have submitted a formal request for Thursday and Friday off, noting that I was taking the GMAT on Saturday.
But it doesn't end there. Not only does my Friday duty conflict with my efforts to cram quantitative data sufficiency problems, it conflicts with our Battalion's memorial service for the 21 men we lost on deployment this year. Just found out about that one. Now its one thing to pull me off my plans for duty, its a whole other animal to expect me to walk around the barracks during that memorial service. I would gladly have altered my plans for that service, I would not miss it for the world.
To expect me, or any other Marine from 2/7, to be on duty during that memorial service is a slap in the face. I know there are plenty of Marines on this base who have never sniffed a combat zone, who have never seen a buddy shot, who are perfectly capable of handling the 'security' situation.
All that being said, I will attend the memorial service in the face of any consequences, and I'm going to completely dominate the GMAT, regardless of the Marine Corps' efforts to hinder it. Additionally, Joe and I have decided that we need to drink one beer for every point I score on the GMAT, and one shot for every fallen brother...in Joe's words, "time to tap the strategic reserve." (I may scale that 1:1 ratio back slightly)