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On Thursday, my amazing husband graduated from the US Army Recruiting School!
My bosses gave me the day off work to attend the ceremony and I am so thankful! Not many spouses were there, but I was. Before it started someone from the schoolhouse was walking around, talking to the families and asking how far we traveled to be there. I won by saying “Oh, just down the street ;)”
The night before the ceremony, Andy told me to sit in the front on the right side of the auditorium, but wouldn’t say why. All he said was, “I have a surprise for you.” He surprised me by delivering the invocation for the ceremony! Everyone asked if he was a chaplain’s assistant or something, but nope, he just loves God 🙂
Thanks to the way his last name fell in the order of Recruiters, he ended up sitting on the very right seat next to the aisle. I sat in the row behind him so I could take photos and Snapchats of him 🙂 He did warn me the night before that he would have to basically ignore me throughout the ceremony but would know I’m there even if he didn’t wave to me 🙂
When Colonel Johnson (the commandant of the schoolhouse) presented Andy with his diploma, he said to him, “You look like a 2LT.” I joked with Andy that I hope he was saying Andy has potential to be a great officer, not that he looks like a 2LT as the “lost in the woods” type 😉 Seriously, though, since both Andy and I were sitting up front, we could hear Colonel Johnson’s comments to all of the Recruiters and he said things along those lines to just a few Recruiters. Foreshadowing, perhaps? Only time will tell if Andy gets accepted into Green to Gold and gets a commission.
I feel like such a crappy wife, because I forgot to take a photo of Andy and some of his fellow Engineers. A few guys from his platoon stopped by to surprise him at the ceremony, which was so nice and unexpected! The company certainly missed having him around, especially for all of the Master Driving stuff. He was the company’s Master Driver since he went back to “the line” last summer, and he picked it up with little training. He spent many evenings, weekends, and holidays working on driver’s training stuff while still being a squad leader; each position on its own is a full-time job.
During the Recruiting course, most of the recruiters-in-training were TDY, which meant they stayed in the barracks and could focus 100% on the course. Since the course is here at Fort Knox, however, Andy lived at home the entire time. He juggled studying for the course with helping me keep up with home responsibilities as well as still making time to take me on dates and our pup on walks. And he was also taking a pretty intense college course at the same time! He spent so many nights staying up late, studying and studying some more, and his “free time” was spent doing things around the house instead of relaxing. My husband is seriously the best, and I couldn’t be more proud 🙂
Iowa, here we come!