reply to post by BASSPLYR
First and foremost, thank you for your input. Secondly, allow me to address a few concerns.
The ghostly fire watch would appear several at a time. By this I mean that there was often more than one walking around as described in my stories.
As for them and the shadow people being former suicide cases, well I simply do not know. During my time there, I was aware of only one person who
actually committed suicide. Another came extremely close (very bloody situation), and we never saw him again. In addition to these two, someone
would make a half arse attempt every couple of days. They did not really want to die, they just wanted to go home and could not think of anything
else I suppose.
There were also several people who would attempt to run out in the middle of the night (thank you so much for asking why they would sit by the back
hatches), I honestly have never put two and two together. It is possible that they were just trying to deter anyone else from trying. I only recall
that two recruits were successful in getting off the island, which were then apprehended in a church parking lot shortly after their escape. The
drill instructors also tell a story about other recruits who have tried and were eaten by gators. Honestly, I think this was just a scare tactic.
However, one recruit that ventured off with the two successful recruits split up and headed in a different direction. He was brought back in
handcuffs with mud up to his chest encasing his body. He claimed he was in the marsh somewhere and he saw a couple of gators moving towards him. He
promptly dashed for the shore and flagged down a car that just happen to be a MP. Who knows if the gator part is true, maybe he just gave up and made
up a story to look "cool".
The game Splinter Cell was really the only thing that made us feel human. It was the only time, besides square away time, where we able to do what
ever wanted. I did miss it when we stopped, however I somewhat revived it when I made it to the fleet. Basically we would play freeze tag after dark
in a large complex (Google Earth MCAS Miramar and look for the areas containing large white squares on the map). We also played drunk twice, which
resulted in broken noses and the like. Fun times.
While at the hospital, I was looking out of the window at the end of the hallway while doing my walking. Outside on ground level was a flag pole and
in front of that was something resembling a bay. One of the nurses passing by told me that hospital was used during wars. They used to fly the
wounded to this exact hospital, however many years prior, to seek treatment stateside. I want to say it was used for the Korean War, but do not quote
me because I am not certain. It should not be that hard to look up if any one is interested.
As for the ghost drill instructor, I really hate that guy. Enough said.
Your final remark was about recent suicides and I hate to inform you but that is not recent at all. Even the so called spike in suicides is a farce.
This has been going on for so long I honestly could not tell a difference in any rise in the matter. Sad but true, I think that the suicide spike is
only "concentrating" on those that got out of the military as opposed to the ones still serving. Then again, this is just my personal opinion.
I was at one point searching for the red pill in my medical record and I admit I made it about halfway through the jacket before I had to stop. I
frequent the VA every couple of months and have to bring the record with me which always gets shuffled out of order. I suppose I could give it
another try sometime this weekend, but damn I hate doing it. Some else also mentioned that it may be ibuprofen, which I am pretty certain it was not.
Like it was said, it is handed like candy and people always make jokes about it. I was constantly given 800 mg? of ibuprofen which is rather large
white pill. I did notice that others actually received a smaller pill size than myself. I just about always had a case of cough drops and an inhaler
with me while in EHP.
Sled735: Craptastic, I wanted to share something with you that happened recently but I have forgotten while typing this up. I will post in your
thread when it comes back to me.
Everyone else: I am so sorry I typed up so much, I honestly did not realize the volume of stories I have been typing up. I hope you enjoyed it and I
thank you everyone for sharing their input as well. Have a good weekend, Tim.
edit on 7-9-2012 by Timical because: I hate typos.