Saturday, April 17, 2010
Training and Age
I had been doing a lot of hiking in one of the local nature areas (above) with a previous generation rucksack to get ready for the upcoming deployement. Until the day after the most recent hike; two significant deposits of fluid around my knee, and a reduced range of motion that was very noticeable.
The injuries from the 2003 call-up are catching up with me, along with four-plus decades of use.
Shortly after this happened, my 1SG told me he'd seen my name on a unit assignment list for the upcoming deployment. I won't, unless something changes, be out humping a ruck with the infantry. I'm too old and too broke, although it was put to me in kinder terms. And I was disappointed when I was told, although I know it's true. I'll still be allowed to go, because I can still contribute in a couple different areas without compromising anybody.
But it still sucks to realize you can't keep up with the people at the tip of spear.