Saturday, September 19, 2009

Getting to know you

I've been with my new unit for almost two full months now.

There are over 300 of us in the Battalion, quite a number of whom came to us from an Infantry unit not long before I arrived.

So we're getting to know one another.

I don't often forget faces, but I have a difficult time with names. Thus I'm very happy the Army has the custom of placing Soldiers' last names on the front of their uniforms!

Except for the physical training (PT) uniform. Then I'm in trouble, especially with some of the Junior Enlisted Soldiers (Private, Private First Class, and Specialist) from the Line Companies, whom I don't always see every day.

But as time marches on, and we march from here to there, I'm slowly learning to put names to faces, and then to remember the correct rank with the correct name and the correct face.

No wonder I'm tired a lot!

(Of course, not being able to sleep well in the barracks might have something to do with that, too, I suppose....)

Blessings and peace to one and all,

Fr. Tim, SJ

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