24 April 2006

Fort Jackson, Day 1

Today was the first full day of Navy Individual Augmentation Combat Training (NIACT): gear issue!

The day started very early (0500) with breakfast and then busses from Camp McCready to Fort Jackson proper. Most of our group was at Fort Jackson from then until the late afternoon or even early evening. The entire day consisted of gear issue, three full seabags. We were first issues Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) and then all sorts of associated gear. All told, it can add up to 60+ lbs. on your body (not fun!). And like I said, it filled three very full and heavy seabags. The ceramic inserts for the body armor vest are particularly heavy.

Lots of standing around (especially outside in the sun with no shade) was a long day in the sun for most so sun tan lotion was a must, and feet are already beginning to hurt and we haven't even put boots on yet! All told, it was a very long day. We didn't do all that much, but the sun took its toll.

Tomorrow is introduction to Army physical training (PT) followed by weapons issue and then basic rifle markmanship. Hopefully we'll be able to get some good pictures in the next couple of days.

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