Rise and shine at 5:00 am...quickly get dress for physical training, clean your room, make your bed, brush your teeth, shave, etc. Be lined up, ready for PT at 5:30am...not a minute sooner, not a second later. "IF YOU THINK YOU CAN YOU WILL; IF YOU THINK YOU CAN'T YOU'RE RIGHT!" we shouted in unison on the "ramp" just prior to "filing" in to the gym for PT.
Now, "filing in" any time in recruit school means RUN! "You better move with a purpose, recruit!" Everything in life was structured, and from that time forward, we were on strict time limits. We had brief minutes to shower after PT, minutes to wolf down a meal, moments to prepare for inspections, to clean, to get to class, to take a break, etc etc. Everything, and I do me EVERYTHING, was strictly controlled.
It was there that I developed a
Well, one of my goals for 2013 was advancement in my career. I finally reached a point where I could comfortably and honestly say, "I'm done troopin' the road. I'm ready for change and challenge."
I found that change and challenge when on March 3rd I was assigned as a forensic examiner in the crime lab. I began my 2-year training program to become a firearms and toolmarks examiner. Upon successful completion, I will be promoted to sergeant. But one thing I'm already learning is that hurry hurry hurry doesn't work in a crime lab. Instead, it's slow slow slow.
I still find myself -- if not jogging -- hustling to the restroom whenever we take a study break. I still find myself wolfing down my lunches, although there's no hurry. Our training supervisor admitted that he has to "pull back the reins" on us because the three of us newbies have been ingrained with the road trooper lifestyle that we learned from our first days of recruit school. We think we need to learn 2 years worth of expertise TODAY!
But it doesn't work that way. It CAN'T work that way. This will truly be a learning curve and culture shock to me, and I think it's going to take time to unlearn bad habits. Therefore, I'm going to start by intentionally walking much slower wherever I go.
Unless you call me over for dinner...