K.Ingraham wrote:madslashers1-2 wrote: I don't remember one person ever quitting in my class.
I remember quiters conceptually. None save one stand out as individuals & that one makes you shake your head in wonder.
Twas a battboy from my company, he just got up and walked out during the mission planning for the LAST OP in Florida with but 36 or so hours left. No one really noticed, we were droning or planning. He just left & no one noticed until an RI came and asked how we let that happen.
Poor SOB rode back to Benning with us on the buses. Talk about rubbing it in. Folks seated near him tried to pretend nothing happened but damn, I can't imagine feeling worse than he must've that trip.
He disappeared just as quick from battalion. I don't remember ever seeing him after the plane ride back to SeaTac.
That incident is one of the reasons I'm fond of posting that it is never over until it is well and truly done and over.
I don't really remember anyone quitting either. Our class obviously got smaller as we went along plus we gained some recyles but we (my Ranger buddy and myself) really didn't pay any attention to anyone quitting; we weren't going to quit so they didn't matter to us.
In the mountains, we started with a 10-person squad (we were in the squad hooches back then) and left there with 7. One recycled due to pneumonia but I just don't remember anything about the other two. We also heard of someone trying to quit about half-way into the Florida Phase. The story we heard was the Tac Office came out, talked with him and told him they would talk again at the end of the phase. He obviously didn't graduate.