As the company first sergeant was fond of telling us, I’m now a Title 10 soldier. I don’t know what Title 10 means – I guess it just means we’re active duty. Duh.
The final preparations have been made…we had nothing to do today so we got released early. Tomorrow – we board the plane, bags, berets and all, to land at Fort Benning some hours later, where the real mission begins. Tomorrow I’ll step into the alternate time-stream of active duty life, suspending normal life functions and exchanging them for the hyper-accelerated and hypo-accelerated trials of the Army. For all of you, life will go on – you’ll work every day, watch TV, and experience the boredom and freedom of everyday existence. For me, I’ll be in a world apart, all-consuming and incomprehensible to anyone without comparable experience. When I return I’ll step back into the normal time-stream, and you will say, “my God, he’s been gone a long time.” To me, I’ll just be trying to pick up where I left off, but those moments and months will already be long gone.