Yesterday I received the Sequence of Events chart for next week’s Soldier of the Year event that I’ll be competing in. As expected, it’s going going to be a brutal three days. It goes like this:
0630-0800 Physical Fitness Test at Wiesbaden Airbase
1230-1330 M-16 qualification
1330-1430 M-9 qualification
1430-1700 Day land navigation
2130-0000 Night land nav
0630-830 10KM footmarch with 35 lb. ruck.
0930-1200 Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills, consisting of: M-16/ M-9 familiarization, Evaluate a casualty,/ 9 line medivac, Search enemy prisoners of war and vehicles, NBC decontamination, Radio Communications.
1500-1630 Written essay
0700-0800 Written Test
Even just a board can leave me feeling drained; I’m glad they left it for the last thing on the last day. The difficult events will be the night land navigation and the Warrior Tasks and Battle Drills. There are two pleasant surprises though, that should give me an edge: The M-9 (Beretta 9mm) qualification and the essay. Remember, I’ll be competing against lower enlisted Soldiers. That is, E4 and below. I’m a very good pistol shot and I think I can hang with any Private in the Army when it comes to writing. I’ll excel on the physical fitness test and the ruck march, too. I’m sure though, that there are some Soldiers out there whose NCOs have been drilling them for weeks on the Battle Drills and the board questions, something that didn’t happen with me.