MCIWS, Baby...

... I was just over at Sam's Brier Patch, and I noticed THIS POST on swimming... it was never an option for me... my Mother can't swim... and my Dad, even though a USMC Vet himself, only learned the basics... but me? I can not remember ever NOT knowing how to swim.... I was at the local watering hole, or swimming pool from before I can remember.... hell, I was swimming in competition from the time I was 8.... but, NOW, I can truly swim with the big dogs....

..after I joined the Corps, I went through the MCIWS course.... it took swimming to a whole new level, folks... you want to talk about badass, that training was rough.. our sessions consisted of 12 to 16 hour days... ALL of which were spent in the water, or on the edge of the pool doing leglifts while the instructor taught "class"... it was hard.. it kicked ass.. and, we loved every minute of it.... as a result, I learned quite a few new tricks... how to swim with my arms tied behind me, and my legs tied together... which, might come in handy if I'm ever in a "Deerhunter" scenario... and, more importantly, how to swim backwards.... hey, don't laugh.... it's a kinda modified breaststroke.... only in reverse... but, for the life of me, I can't understand WHEN exactly in combat I'd want to slowly back away from someone shooting at me...

..regardless, that's what I learned... quick.... to the point.. in your face... training... swimming for 16 hours a day... for two weeks.... sucks ass, people.... I'm here to tell ya... of course, as a result.... trying to drown me is a losing battle, friend.... far.. FAR better to shoot me.... tie my legs, tie my arms, put a sack over my head, and throw me in the river?... you'll be dead by morning after I swim my sorry ass out, and that's a fact.. much better to just shoot me and toss me in the nearest creek....

... a lot of good friends went through that little training session with me... many of whom, I keep in touch with... hell, I've still got the damn tee-shirt around here somewhere...... but, what gets me is this.... sometimes.. differences between people in regards to religion, color, background, social status... are all washed away.... in a heartbeat... by a mutual torture session at the hands of MGySgt Oberhelman... MCIWS rocks, people.... I'd recommend it to anyone..

by Eric on March 01, 2004 | Comments(0) | SWG Stories

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