After my initiation into the United States Army between March and August of 1977, there was no way in the world that I would even consider becoming a Drill Sergeant. God obviously had other plans for my life. Funny how life works out, isn’t it?
Late in 1986, my company commander, Cpt. Gary F. Lamb, called me into his office. We were stationed in Germany with the United States Army Europe Band and Chorus: I was a singing soldier and Cpt. Lamb was our Commander. Well, Cpt. Lamb had summoned me to his office to inform me that he had nominated me for Drill Sergeant duty.
I was appalled!
I was about 10 years into my Army career. I had no thoughts or inclinations of becoming a Drill Sergeant…or so I thought. Even after telling me he had nominated me because he thought I would make a great Drill Sergeant, I still did not want it! The dastardly deed was done and there were no take-backs!
I was accepted into the Drill Sergeant program.
I was to report to Fort Dix, NJ in June 1987. I would be assigned as a hard-hat, a Drill Sergeant Candidate before my class started at the Fort Dix US Army Drill Sergeant Academy in October.
I was in shock.
I was to touch and affect the lives of Basic Training soldiers as they became some of the same soldiers you currently see returning from Army bases and war zones around the world. At the time, I did not look at it as a privilege. I looked at it as my duty…a military duty I did not want.
But I did it.
I served for two years as a Drill Sergeant for Basic Training soldiers. And I loved it!
I was good at my job. My main focus was on getting these new recruits through 8 weeks of Basic Training so they could be all they could be in the US Army. I learned many things while serving as a Drill Sergeant.
- The main reason a Basic Trainee could not endure eight weeks of training was because that soldier needed to get over him or herself.
- A good swift (sometimes) mental kick to the seat of the pants needed to be applied so the soldier would get out of his or her own way making it possible to have a 99.9% chance of completing Basic Training and moving on toward being a soldier.
- In order to get what you want out of life, not everyone would make it.
Basic Training was not for everyone. There were some we actually had to send home because they were not going to make it through the training. Some, we had to send back through training because they needed a restart.
Where are you in your life?
Whether you acknowledge it or not, you are on the Battlefield of Life. Many of you are currently in a form of Basic Training as you forge through different skirmishes and battles to make it to where you desire to be in life at this point.
The Drill Sergeant of Life has been assigned to a Boot-Camp near you! She is committed to meeting your needs.
If you have forgotten how to be a Soldier in the Army of Life, she is here to remind you. She will help you Get Over Yourself, Get Out of Your Own Way, and Get What YOU Want Out of Life!
She will whip you back into shape so you will excel in the Army of Life!
We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and help you be all that YOU can be in the Army of Life.