Growing up as an Air Force brat, there isn’t much about military life that phases me. You grow accustomed to things that would seem absurd or scary in civilian life (like someone having an M-16 in Burger King.)
That being said, there are still some moments where it hits you. Chris refers to it as an “Oh my God, I’m in the military!” moments. For instance, once Chris bought a belt for his uniform. After he got it home, he just happened to glance over packaging which boasted that the belt could “double as a tourniquet!” How many belts have you bought that use that as a selling point?
Last night was another of those “Oh my God!” moments for us.
They have loudspeakers on base (yes, even in base housing) where they’ll announce if there’s a lightning warning, which threatcon we’re in during exercises, etc. We are used to the pre-recorded announcements and can tell which one it is by the first couple of words. Last night, after the girls had gone to bed, we heard an announcement we couldn’t recognize. The fact that there even was one was strange since they normally only use it during duty hours.
I opened the door to hear it more clearly.
It was telling us of a “controlled detonation” that would be occurring shortly near the “weapons storage facility” so “do not be alarmed.“
Warning or not, I was still a bit alarmed. Still, I went back to my activities and a few minutes later, there was a loud explosion (sorry, “controlled detonation”) that shook the house and prompted me to jump out of my seat and scream.
After a few minutes, the adsurdity of it all hit me and I began to laugh. I guess you can never be 100% prepared for military life.