I'm Shipping Out


July 27, 2007, 10:03 PM
When: August 8th, 2007

Where: Fort Sills, Oklahoma

For: United States Army, 13 Bravo, Cannon Crew Member, Field Artillery

Basic - 9 weeks

AIT - 6 weeks

As: Private First Class

3 Years Service + Basic/AIT

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July 27, 2007, 10:13 PM
God Speed,

The New Knighthood

Who gives him the Bath?
"I," said the wet,
"I'll give him the Bath!"

Who'll sing the psalms?
"We," said the Palms.
"Ere the hot wind becalms,
"We'll sing the psalms."

Who lays on the sword ?
"I," said the Sun,
Before he has done,
"I'll lay on the sword."

"Who fastens his belt?
"I," said Short-Rations,
" I know all the fashions
"Of tightening a belt!"

Who gives him his spur?
"I," said his Chief,
Exacting and brief,
"I'll give him the spur."

Who'll shake his hand?
"I," said the Fever,
"And I'm no deceiver,
"I'll shake his hand."

Who brings him the wine?
"I," said Quinine,
"It's a habit of mine.
"I'11 come with his wine."

Who'll put him to proof?
"I," said All Earth.
"Whatever he's worth,
"I'll put to the proof."

Who'll choose him for Knight?
"I," said his Mother,
"Before any other,
"My very own Knight."

And after this fashion, adventure to seek,
Sir Galahad made--as it might be last week!

-- Rudyard Kipling

July 27, 2007, 10:15 PM
Good Luck, stay hydrated. Write home. We lived for every letter and phone call our boy made from Parris Island.

July 27, 2007, 10:16 PM
I visited Fort Sill when I was stationed at Sheppard AFB. Sometimes you'll feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere, but it's not too bad.

July 27, 2007, 10:25 PM
gorgoroth, a little after you are through there at Sill, my son will be arriving there after PCS'ing from the 25th ID (now serving in the sand box).
Take care of yourself, keep your powder dry, your weapons loaded, and your confidence that there are many millions of us who will be praying for you.

Thanks for serving your Country!

July 27, 2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the reply's so far everyone.

Harry Paget Flashman
July 27, 2007, 10:32 PM
Best wishes. You've got it 90% whipped just showing up at basic with that haircut.

July 27, 2007, 10:36 PM
Hey Lil Bro:

God speed is right! This will change your life, forever for the better. As I have said many times, not having served in the military is one of my greatest regrets in life. You will see places that most people cannot even dream about. You are going to travel the USA and the world! I'm real proud of your decision. While you're there, if there is anything you ever need, you know where to find all of your THR family. We'll be here for you! Nice photos too...gotta love those ARMY shirts! Just think...no more buying ammo...and you get to fire genuine Colt M-16s! Wow...I just turned 6 shades of green envy. :)

Big Bro (Doc2005)

July 27, 2007, 10:39 PM
Good luck, be safe, learn a lot, and have tons of fun!

July 27, 2007, 10:41 PM
Best of luck to you. Thanks for your service. And just remember...it's only 9 weeks haha!

Jorg Nysgerrig
July 27, 2007, 10:43 PM
You're going to Ft Sill at the best time of year, it's 100 there. Doesn't matter if you want to know the degrees F or the humidity, the answer is just 100.

Good luck and stay away from the massage parlors in Lawton. Also, as a cannon cocker, you'll probably have OSUT, which is just like one continuous basic training. They Drill Sgts have you for a long time so they can really stretch things out.

July 27, 2007, 10:45 PM
Just remember that the king puts his balls where the queen wants them.

All the Best,


July 27, 2007, 10:48 PM
good luck. listen to your drill sergeant, and watch out for your battle buddy.

July 27, 2007, 11:37 PM
Thank you for doing what you do.

Try to return to us with all of your original parts attached and functioning, including your hide.

July 27, 2007, 11:43 PM
Get some, killer!

July 28, 2007, 12:06 AM
Thanks for your service!!!

Too bad Fort Sill is a s***hole.

July 28, 2007, 12:21 AM
My little brother was 101st AB Artillary. You go big tube shooter!

July 28, 2007, 12:24 AM
Thank you for your service. I'm sure you'll make us proud. Good luck and God bless and protect you.

July 28, 2007, 12:46 AM
God bless.


July 28, 2007, 01:15 AM
Ye have our prayers and thanks.

'Tis a hard thing ye'll do.

Conduct ye'self with honor.

Make your comrades proud.

Make your enemy quake with dread.

And come safe home.

Go, with our blessings.

July 28, 2007, 01:16 AM
Be safe, Thank you, Come home soon.

July 28, 2007, 02:17 AM
Thanks for stepping up!! You'll learn A LOT, grow up A LOT, and be a better man.

Good luck!!!!

July 28, 2007, 05:35 AM
The queen of battle ARTILLIARY. Get the Thrift Savings Plan when you go in, you will never miss the money and save a ton by the time you get out. Follow orders through and through. Stay out of trouble and you will get promoted. Do the Military correspondance courses and max out on that. I assume that going in as PFC means that you probably have college. Max the PT Test always and in within your first enlistment you will make Sergeant E-5.

July 28, 2007, 06:53 AM
Keep your powder dry red leg! Gosh, I started basic 20 years ago next week. I still remember how hot it was....

July 28, 2007, 06:56 AM
Thank you in advance for your service.

I can sleep peaceably in my bed knowing that you are preparing to do violence on my behalf.

July 28, 2007, 07:19 AM
Field Artillery, The King of Battle!

I spent a year at Fort Sill going to Officer Basic Course and a couple of follow on specialty courses. My first child we born there (Ft. Sill Army Medical Center). I had preconceived ideas of what Sill would be like, and they weren't positive. You'll be glad to know that I was wrong. Lots of hills and lots of lakes. Once you get out of basic you'll actually get to enjoy them!

Thanks for your service.

A fellow Red Leg

July 28, 2007, 09:04 AM
A young Cannon Cocker,
Good Luck.

An old Cannon Cocker

July 28, 2007, 12:23 PM
I can't really add much more to what the others have said. But I will ask Murphy to keep his nose out of your business and out of your Gun Tube.

July 28, 2007, 01:02 PM
This is why THR is so great. It'll be like having two families. I thank everyone that has replied so far with positive words. Most people that gave me a negative response are the people that sit at home and listen to the biased media and would NOT step up for their country, whatsoever. I am, however, proud to stand up through all the BS and serve. I am proud to do what I am going to do and only remind those negative people that when they are alone in bed at night, all alone, and all they have is the law, to thank me for making it possible.

Politics are politics. Countrymen are Countrymen.

Love your country, not the politics.

July 28, 2007, 01:12 PM
US SFC REt- Artillery is the King of Battle not the Queen. Infantry is the Queen. Think of it as a chess board and it will make a lot more sense.

Charles Foxtrot
July 28, 2007, 01:24 PM
Thank You for your service! It is a great thing you are doing.

July 28, 2007, 01:30 PM
God Bless you for your service.
You will never forget your time in the service.
Make it count. Take all the classes you can if possible.
Protect your hearing!

USAF Honorably discharged 86-90, 91

July 28, 2007, 01:31 PM

July 28, 2007, 01:53 PM
Kick ass, don't waste time taking names, and stay safe.

Thank you for your service.

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