Those of you that were keeping up with my ongoings on Instagram and otherwise probably noticed that I spent a few days over at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, California last week. The mountain was cold and the Marines were absolutely miserable, just as god intended.
I had the pleasure of hanging out with infantry battalions 2/5, 3/8 and 1/6 while I was up there, and they all hated their lives about as much as you can imagine when you have to sleep in the cold, shit in a bucket, and melt snow for water for two weeks. Even having experienced month-long excursions to Camp Wilson for Mojave Viper myself, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen Marines as absolutely soul-crushed as I did when I was up there. If I recall correctly, the battalions had about 30 Marines drop to either BAS or the emergency room while I was there. Everything from frostbite, traumatic brain injuries from slipping on the ice, and suicide attempts seemed to be commonplace there.
It was as depressing as you can imagine, and I did my best to brighten up the Marines while I was there. Eating MRE’s and tray rats for a few days definitely took me back to a place I really didn’t miss. With that said, I absolutely slept in a toasty VIP tent the whole time, because I stopped doing real Marine shit a long time ago. However, even I was ready to get the hell out of there after two nights on the mountain.
The shit buckets care not for your misery.
On a sidenote, I want to say thanks to everyone on the base at Bridgeport and the Marines training there for letting me hang out and harass them for a few days. The NCO and SNCO instructors (red hats) on the mountain were a great bunch of guys and I appreciate them taking care of me up there. As well, shout out to Burrito and Davey, my ComCam battle buddies for hanging out with me for a few days.
With that said, my award for favorite Marine goes to this hard charger with 1/6 Bravo Co. from Mayo, South Carolina.
On another side note, I’ll be live tomorrow morning at 10am with Pin-Ups for Vets to talk about the upcoming Terminal Lance Ultimate Omnibus! Check out Pin-Ups for Vets here and stay tuned for the live chat tomorrow!