They did the gas chamber on Thursday. He was surprised at how well the gas masks actually work. He said that inhaling tear gas feels like what inhaling cotton would feel like. They had to recite the second Army General Order* (I will obey my special orders and perform all of my duties in a military manner.) while inside.
It is still REALLY cold in Missouri. They were supposed to do their first APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test- 2 mile run, push-ups, sit-ups) this morning but it was 2 degrees outside. They did it this afternoon instead and it was 20. Anybody that was able to complete their APFT at graduation gets to watch the Superbowl. Jacob was very excited that along with about half of his platoon, he will get to watch the Superbowl!! :)
He was very excited that they are in the last week of red phase. Usually they have a few more privileges and free time once they're out of red phase. Plus, they get to actually fire their rifles!!
*In case anyone is wondering, the other General Orders are: 1. I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved. 3. I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.