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Friday, January 23, 2009

On to the weekend...

Well, hike complete. It was about the least challenging hike I have ever done in the Marine Corps. Our platoon was out in front, so we didn't have the pleasure of watching the feeble minded/ weak/ hung over Marines fall out, but we were hearing the reports come up on the radio. It was hard to imagine anyone was struggling with it, but as the saying goes, "there's always one".

Since we were out in front the Battalion Commander had the misfortune of listening to us complain the entire time about the hike being a waste of time due to it's lack of any challenge. I think he got the hint right around the last mile, because he turned around and asked us if we wanted to go for a run, which we of course readily agreed to. Nothing beats hazing an entire battalion worth of Marines with a nice little ruck run. The BC can hold his own in a run, as can the Sgt. Major, but the guidon bearer fell out, along with a couple of officers. Unfortunately the hike was over about a mile later, which meant we weren't able to really hurt anyone, but as the rest of the battalion staggered to the finish line it sounded like an asthma convention. Have some pride guys.

On to the weekend.


  1. B-School hint.

    The President of Dartmouth is a Marine who grew up and went to college in Wisconsin. Only Marine to become President of an Ivy League school. Takes a special interest in Marine veterans who want to attend Dartmouth.

    Tuck is a fantastic B-School.

    Good luck Marine.

  2. Hey Jake,
    I've been reading this blog for 6 or so months now and i know you love a good cause.....we'll my sons cubscout pack took a very personnel lose this month. Someone stole the cargo trailer that held all the packs camping gear. All this gear was donated or purched by the cubscouts. Check out the story at dailycommercial.com.
    what I am asking is if any of your friends or followers have any old camping gear they no longer want or use to donate it to us.
    Please contact me at bjshelhamer@yahoo.com for more information.
    thanks Jake!

  3. Hello Jake,

    Well if nothing else you and the guys bitchin' and the BC offering a run sure did let the BC and the SgtMjr know who needs to do a lot of PT.

    I hope he lets them know that it will pay in the future for them to be in better shape.

    Shame on the other Officers for they are suppose to set the example. Some Example.

    I personally wonder how these Marines are going to survive with the new PT testing that I've been reading about since they sound like a herd of 'broken wind' horses.
    From what I've read it can be a real 'Ball Buster' especially if you're not prepared.

    Miss Em
    Austell, Ga.