So, some highlights include that he has to do 25 push ups or burpees per envelope received. I really hope they don't find out that one letter contains so many inside. He is entering the third and final week of Red Phase. He said that last week they went to the range simulator, did land navigation - which he barely passed (no surprise to me) and as we know, went into the gas chamber. Then, "I maxed my PT test! Seventy-six push ups, 74 sit ups and 13:24 for a two mile run. Felt like a beast after that."
His description of the gas chamber really freaks me out - to say the least. It involves holding of breath and burning skin. Thank goodness he was the second one out. Apparently they used 6 gas tablets for this exercise and in the past they used to use 36. I can't even imagine how horrible that would be. He's getting paid soon and needless to say, he's happy about that. He's going to be a 'mortar man' apparently and still wondering if Ranger school would be a good path. I think the reality of how hard it will be, knowing how hard Basic is, is making him think twice. I am glad to hear it. If he wants to do it, then I fully support him, but I've watched enough Discovery Channel to know that if you have any doubts, you'll wash out and probably pretty quickly.
I am so proud of him. When I get his letters, I feel so many emotions. I miss him so much it hurts. It literally hurts. I love hearing about every detail and I'm so glad he likes to write. One of the most touching things in the latest letter was that he included a separate note to his brother. I didn't read the whole thing, but I did see the first line. "Hey, it's really weird not being home with all of you and I really do miss our gas station runs." Like most brothers, they had a love/hate type relationship. At one moment they would be laughing about a South Park episode and the next moment chasing each other around the house with intent to harm. Those days are gone for now and I'm not going to pretend I miss the fighting because it really stressed me out. But I cannot wait until October 5th, when hopefully they will make a gas station run together and then sit up late watching Quentin Tarantino movies. That will be the night I feel that all is right i the world again.