Dream It Real Rifle View

The severity of the final exam is always in proportion to the challenge of the course. It was not expected to be easy. In fact, it was going to be grueling, arduous and painful, all wrapped in one. This test was the pinnacle of military training for the people on course that summer in Manitoba. To fail would mean to discard all the hard work of the last two months and do it all again. *** I remember thinking, as our entire courseRead More →


The Basics You learn pretty damn quickly you’re a team. All of you. Your platoon, your section, your roommates. When the morning alarm goes off, you had better be up, not just awake. There is no snooze, not even 20 seconds to contemplate what life would be like if you were back home. Just get up and go. There is not a moment between asleep and mobile, just as electrons have no travel time as they orbit an atom. They just suddenly appearRead More →

Dream It Real Platoon

Suck it up, soldier. These are words I never thought I’d hear. What young blonde girl ever imagines she will grow up to be a military member? There aren’t many of us, I imagine. Nobody expected this line of work to be in my future. It was a totally, completely unexpected chapter in my life’s story. I’ve always chosen the path less traveled, so to speak. It’s harder, but far more rewarding. Maybe I thrive on thinking differently than others, or at theRead More →