It was our final day under the rule of the Drill Sergeants at Ft. Benning. And they wanted to give us something to remember them by.
Make It Happen…
Drill Sergeant Fowler yelled over to a group of “broke dicks”, Army slang for soldiers who had an injury or other medical restriction that prohibited them from physical training.
He ordered the broke dicks to go to the laundry room and fill up the water jugs. He ordered the rest of us who were fit for duty to “the hill”. It was obvious that he intended on giving us a physically exerting and muddy farewell. So there we stood on the soon-to-be muddy hill, anticipating doing push ups and low crawling through the wet earth of Georgia on a crisp November morning.
One of the broke dicks came out of the laundry room and approached Drill Sergeant Fowler with an empty water jug. “Drill Sergeant, the water jugs are too big to fit under the faucets in the sink and we can’t fill them up.” Seething with frustration the Drill Sergeant turned and bellowed, “Private, if the good Lord had placed your pecker square in the middle of your back, you’d still find a way to jerk off, wouldn’t you?”
Of all of the Army euphemisms, I would hear during my service, it was this one that I would return to time and time again.
Never quit. Masturbation jokes aside, that’s all the Drill Sergeant really meant. Make no excuses. Make it happen. Find a way.
And there is always a way. It might not be ideal, it might be less than you want at the time, but there is always a way to move closer to what you want.
Right now my own training is not going exactly the way I would like. When I work out at my gym, I am constantly distracted by business tasks. Even when I block off the time, an employee question or a ringing phone inevitably interrupts.
So now I work out at home most days. I don’t have a barbell or pull up bar or squat rack at the house – in fact the only piece of equipment I use at home is a 70 lb. sandbag. But I’m making due when I could have just as easily quit and decided to not train at all.
Maybe Drill Sergeant Fowler’s reference to the male anatomy is a little crude for you. So find another reference. But make no excuses. Make it happen. Find another way.
What excuses are you making? Leave me a comment below and let me know…
As a last remark… many thanks to all military personnel, past and present, for your service. Happy Veteran’s Day.