SEARCH: What I Learned in the Army

What I Learned in the Army
by Steve Mix

FirstHandI learned a thousand lessons in the service and not just from leadership. I remember being nervous the first day we had to throw a live grenade.

My buddy said, “Mix, you know, even if you are nervous, you should try and be confident around your brothers. Fear and nervousness is the most contagious thing in the world, and the one thing that can quickly doom us all.” I’ll never let go of that lesson. It is why, even when petrified, you’ll see me square my shoulders and stand tall.

My time there carries memories I will never forget. In basic training, we had a guy named Jackson. Some folks called him, “Baby talk” because he had a lisp. He would say things like, “We ish going to go over here guysh.” He sounded quite a bit like Elmer Fudd from the old Looney Tunes cartoons.

We had to wear burlap strips on our helmets, since most of our training was in the forest around Fort Benning. You cut up pieces of burlap and wrap them around your helmet to help camouflage you in forest settings. Burlap strips tend … Continue reading in the Winter 2018 issue of SEARCH magazine.

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