Yo, do I even need to explain this patch to you guys? Either you know it or you don't. But for those of you who like to claim you served, I got a story you can use the next time you want to spill your bullshit military stories at the family BBQ.
I went through many obstacles while I was in the service. Some minor and some that I thought I was never going to be able to get through. But that's the point right? That's what Boot Camp prepares you for, to tackle all of the bullshit you MAY encounter out in the "Fleet". Two deployments, countless underway, and a stint in the Shipyards can be a real pain after a while. But nothing I faced was more of a pain than my Peanut Butter Shot in Boot Camp.
Let me paint you a picture. I was a starry-eyed 18-year-old, homesick as hell but excited for what my enlistment would be like. Three or Four days into P-days, which is a whole other story, we were scheduled to get our vaccinations. I thought "No, big deal. I've had plenty of Flu shots in my life." Except, no flu shot ever required me to pull my pants down, bend over a table, and stare a fellow recruit in the eyes as we awaited our shots together. Now the guy across from me was a 28-year-old, previous construction worker from Oklahoma who was enlisted on a Seal contract. He was stone cold at all times and showed zero emotion the entire 8 weeks I was with him. (He is actually a Seal now) He was getting his shot before me, so I thought, "Okay, I'll see how he handles it and that will give me a good idea where I'm at." So, they give him his shot, and this dude slams his fist on the table, groans out, and then yells "Fuck!". Knowing I was next, and seeing his reaction, we looked at each other and all I could say was... "Fuck".
The next morning, they woke us up, and forgetting how miserably sore my ass cheek was from yesterday's shenanigans, I hopped right out of the top bunk and my leg gave out because I was still so sore. I sat on the floor and just watched as the same thing happened to about half the guys that jumped out of their top racks. A couple of days later, we were all back at it and forgot about the whole experience. Until one night we were folding the clean laundry we just got back and all of us held up our underwear we wore during the Peanut Butter Shot Adventure. We all had matching blood stains..I think that's when we really came together as a division.
Fun Fact, I actually still have that one pair of Whitey Tighties with the blood stain on them to this day. I don't wear them, I just keep them to look at whenever the recruiter calls me to ask if "I'm interested in the reserves?"
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