Last Monday, our Cavalry Troop training class earned our Sabers, symbolizing the end of our training. It was great having the support of our rook brother, sisters, and cousins at our ceremony. We also were told our roles in the troop for next year although, I will not have a job in the troop since I will be the 5th Company runner. It has been a long eight or so months of learning horse anatomy, cavalry history, equestrian vocabulary, how to tack, and of course how to actually ride a horse. I’m proud of our training class and am excited to officially be a part of the troop.
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About half of my platoon participated in the Norwegian Ruck March, an 18.6 mile walk/run with a bag containing a minimum of 25lbs. I was in a team with three of my rook brothers, which made it ten times more bearable - I definitely would never have signed up to compete by myself. Having teammates, we were able to keep morale high and encourage each other to push through. We were all together until the point marking the last three miles. Two of us ended up finishing in time to earn our pins - I finished within the male standard with a time of 4 hours and 28 minutes. The female standard allowed for more time of 5 hours and 15 minutes. Overall, we were all glad we participated in it, although our bodies were pretty messed up by the time we finished. Half the platoon was limping around for...
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