Heyo! It's been quite some time since I wrote a proper journal but I think I've mentioned most of these things scattered around the site. Why not collect some of them here?
So how's army life been treating me? After a bit over two months (can't believe it's been that long) I'm starting to get a hang of it. Basic training was a blur as we were taught everything from military discipline to safely crossing a road in a large group in a potentially dangerous situation. I got to shoot a bunch of times with an assault rifle, both at a range and in the woods shooting at targets popping up, which is a ton of fun. I also got to throw a live grenade, try tear gas without a gas mask on, patrol a camp site in the middle of the night, walk under burning napalm while covering myself with a fire blanket, march for hours in full combat gear and practice attacking after the march while being tired as hell, and I've learned a thing or two about living with very different people 24/7 for longer periods at a time than I'd necessarily like.
I've gotten stronger both physically and mentally, full combat gear is over 20kg (I think it's close to 30 but can't remember for sure) and if carrying that isn't tough enough, why not put your gas mask on? That'll instantly make it about 15 times tougher. Mental strain is no joke either, when we don't get off for weekends you'll start noticing restlessness almost instantly as people get sick of being around each other 24/7 even if it's your friends. The whole thing definitely builds character which is why I'm applying to the reserve officer "school" it sounds kinda dumb in English but I can't come up with a better term. Essentially I'd spend three months in intensive training in the dead of winter and become a reserve officer (an ensign if Finland went to war) after my year long service. I'm not sure if I'll make the cut but I'm mentally preparing for it because it'd probably be the most draining three months of my life.
Outside of army my life has been pretty uninteresting since I only have about two days of freedom at a time before heading back. I've been playing a bunch of games though, I've bought Horizon zero dawn, GTA V (finally), Metal gear solid 2, 3 and peace walker, Bioshock triple pack and a couple other ones I can't find the proper time to play. The only one I've played through so far is MGS 2, an amazing game by the way, but I'm chipping away at the rest so hopefully I'll get done with most of them this year. Unfortunately I haven't had many chances to meet friends but I've made some new ones in army and you can bet you'll get to know a person when you spend two months with them 24/7. This is actually the third year in a row that I've had to basically rebuild my circle of friends counting my exchange year, first year back at my old high school in Finland and now army. Minus a couple of friends who've stuck with me for my whole life. Looking forward to doing it all over again next year when I start Uni.
Told you I'd actually catch up at some point but I'd also love to hear from you so drop a comment about anything really, I know I must've missed a lot of happenings especially from RT Radio folks since my newfound appreciation for sleep on weekends.