There’s nothing quite like the smell and sting of CS gas.
Today’s main event was the gas chamber. We lined up in groups of 25, then tromped into the little cinder block building, where we performed jumping jacks, push-ups, and knee benders, all while wearing gas masks and swimming in a cloud of CS (aka tear gas). Then we had to lift our masks, have the instructor look at our faces, then put the mask back on and clear it. After that, it was back outside, where the mucus flow began!
Actually it was much easier than basic training – we didn’t have to say anything, unlike in basic. We did cause quite a stir at the dining facility afterwards, though, when we streamed in all wearing our CS-coated clothing. Hilarious!
Tomorrow is rifle shooting ad infinitum – 0800 to 2300.