As you get closer to graduation, your MTI will begin discussing some common tech school issues with you. There are high instances of extramarital affairs as well as new marriages that occur at tech school. They may sound extremist when they warn you of these possibilities, but they’re not far off from the truth. You’ve just been “released” from eight and a half weeks of being severely restricted, and now you’ve got freedom and money to burn. Throw in co-ed classes, bars on base, the ability to wear civilian clothes, and leave the installation and (to quote my dorm’s red rope) “people start losing their damn minds.” Expect to hear these warnings at the end of the BMT, and don’t completely blow them off. Keep a watchful eye over your wingmen and help them make smart choices. I’ve seen both of those situations happen and once you’re there you’ll see how easily it can happen, even to the best of people. Be cautious about making permanent decisions during a temporary situation.
Happy Valentines Day, everyone! Remember those Core Values of Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do! 😉