Originally Posted by lithiumcharles
Just out of curiosity, I'm leaving for basic training in two weeks which is at the great lakes in chicago, and I've only seen the snow once, will it still be snowing when I get there, and how cold does it actually get, I live in Cali so I'm a little spoiled.
Being a alma mater of Great Lakes my self when our plane touched down we were all given black watch caps as the temperature was a minus 56 degrees below 0, then came the hair cutting day. What a time walking my yourself freezing your nuts while on fire patrol. Man getting up at 5AM was for the birds and get used to spitting on your shoes while shining the GD things up all the time. You'll get to remember your dog tags in short notice as I am soon to 58 and still remember mine. Oh what a time your in for not as bad as the Marines but still a wake up call in your new military life. I guess their will be women on the base now for their wasn't any when I was there we all got 'stiff' when we seen our first after about 7 weeks.
This was back in 1966 I had joined right after HS in the reserve but called for duty staring in January, I was supposed to go to Florida but they had a outbreak of Spinal Menigitus and I was reassigned to the cold old Great Lakes.
I still remember the name of the movie we all seen sitting on our butts in a drill hall, the name "Palm Springs Weekend " With Troy Donahue. Enjoy your new life and small pay check next what you got out in the world, and when you visit your folks don't say pass the F*cking Salt next sound will be your mother slapping your face saying watch your mouth. That kind of language was used every day and even more when we hit the 'nam area, I was a weather man on a carrier (Helicopters) once in a while we drove Jeeps (GEnEral all Purpose WillyS) then they spelled with a J instead of a G too bad we didn't get into a storm like in"The Final Countdown" that would have been exciting.
Even in the USN you drill Hup two, three, to your left.... there is so much you will learn, an experience worth a million dollars to go thru and worth a million dollars 'not' to have had to do it in the first place. Good Luck and yes we did shovel a lot of snow back 39 years ago in 1966.