I went for a Tactical Survival Techniques course last week. Before going I was warned that a specific instructor would be harder on me because I'm from his previous station and had harsh words with him.
Yes, I had harsh words with him, but I helped him with things he couldn't do, so would he truly be a dick to me. And the answer is kinda.
Kinda, because he made me take the biggest tyre and run with it. My first request was a smaller tyre, he said no and I'd understand later why he said so. I almost cried because of the pain and the uncomfortability of where the tyre was hanging from on my shoulder.
I am reminding you that I'm only 62kgs (136.7Lbs) at the end of the course. I started off on 60kgs (132.3Lbs), and 5ft8. And yes it looked like I lost weight.
It was me and another flower between 12 thorns. The thorns were protective of us. Would I survive these guys I thought. I did, and most were massive blokes close to 100kgs (220Lbs).
Okay, the first day I didnt utilize the bathrooms as I usually avoid bathrooms altogether. But on the second day we needed to change. The other rose I told, I don't use male bathrooms as I'm not male, and she was understanding. After that, I started finding more and more women in the bathroom when I went to change. The guys that normally have a problem, was so glad probably that I wasn't sharing their space that they just stayed quiet as the women already spoke and declared me part of their clan. Multiple courses were run at the same time.
On the second day when I couldn't handle my tyre no more, two guys unknown to me still at that time were very supportive and encouraging and within my age group. (I made it my point to find out who the oldest was and where I fitted in as my body just doesn't function as usual on a course. The second oldest and the longest service of all the course goers in my group.)
On the third day I became vocal about my phobias as we had to climb on the rooftop and come down like a spider. Do I look like a spider, I dont think so.
The safety drills and procedures were fed and repeated into my brains and aching muscles, even me utilizing a firearm with my right hand. Uncomfortable to draw here people, I use my left hand. (Subsequently got interrogated as to why I only write with my right hand at work. I am ambidextrous, but too keep coherency I use it like that at work.)
Well, I passed the theoretical section. And when it came to the physical section, I was inadvertently the leader. All because of my BIG MOUTH. My team performed remarkable, and we covered each others asses.
Now, what impressed me most was. Whenever someone referred to me in a masculine way, they would correct themselves or that person, and refer to me in a feminine way. They even wanted to learn, which showed that they are attempting to understand because of me.
Well, the whole group passed the course. Never mind that it was tough, grenades and an assault rifle going off as we had to learn and perform our duties. Yes the grenades were thrown between us and we had to be super vigilant.
Does this make me a better performer outside in a dangerous scenario. Oh yes, and I can't wait for the 3week course. I'm not sleeping by the guys, as I already use female spaces only. Male spaces are to be naughty and frisky.
Enough rambling, this course was painful yet exciting. I sustained bruises that looked like I was on the receiving side of an assault. Would this girl do or go through pain like this again. Obviously yes.