RIFLE PT (or if you have an aversion to rifles, PVC pipe filled with sand PT)
Temperature was in the 50s with a breeze.
COP – All men grab large PVC pipe filled with sand and move to road. Explained to Pax that the pipes would simulate rifles and were to be carried at “Port Arms” unless instructed otherwise. Snowden assigned the six, reflective gear on and we move out.
THANG – Indian run through neighborhood, when performing run to the front of the column, hold rifle over your head. First stop; all exercises conducted on Q, hand release Merkins, WW 1 sit-ups, Indian run, stop, hand release Merkins, Flutter kicks, squats, weapon out front (spin it) Indian run, hand release Merkins, Flutter kicks, Squats, weapon out front (spin it) best effort to stop sign, back to the parking lot as a group, Hold weapon straight out in front.
Mary – WW 1 sit-ups, Weapon out front (spin it)
Count, Name, Announce, Pledge, Pray, Devo
Moleskin – Rifle PT is a staple of the Marines and seemed like a nice change of pace for the Ditch. Being a Ditch regular, Snowden was assigned the 6 as YHC anticipated some degree of separation among the Pax. The intent was to push the pace of the Indian run for a couple of hundred yards and then regroup for exercises or for the entire group to circle back and pick up the 6. This would allow the faster runners to be challenged as well as the slower men to still participate in the entire BC. The men truly pushed themselves throughout the run and the exercises along the way as well as embracing the holding of the rifles directly in front of them. The spinning of the rifle while holding them out in front was a new and painful addition to the BC. We addressed the mental aspect of physical exertion while holding the rifles. “This is NOT hazing, it is training”. The mind will allow doubt to creep in long before our bodies are spent. Great push by all who posted and YHC really enjoyed the 2nd F coffee.