So as some of you, and by some, i mean a select few from Shyla's chat that I actually talk to, know, I went and joined the military. First day as a Marine was Oct. 25. I've been away from the game since... about October 15. But who cares about that? I'm not going to turn this thread into a Q&A about USMC boot camp, but I'll probably answer questions as they're asked. And I'm not a fleet Marine, yet, so I can't really discuss that much. But I can discuss our shenanigans, and oh are there shenanigans. I'm currently stationed in Florida... at a naval base, learning all about how to fix big planes. It gets boring and repetitive. So of course we have to break the monotony somehow. Usually that's with drinking, fighting, or causing some kind of mayhem and injuring at least one of ourselves in the process. But I'll start with an upside. There's this tradition, see, called Mess Night. Basically, it's like a mini Marine Corps Ball where we all get together, in a designated uniform, and show comroderie by getting [cabbage]faced together and butchering our rich history due to the excessive alcohol intake. They are very rare, but our CO wanted to bring something fun to us with the piles of bland that we endure every day. So we had a mess night. It started with an hour of drinking, went through an entire night of hilarity (I won't discuss what happens there. If you really want to know, search google. There's an entire MCO dedicated to it.), and ended with me calling our executive officer a p***y because he wouldn't play beer pong against us because we'd already drunk all the beer. I have a picture of my delightful paint at the beginning of the night, which was later transfered to my pillow in a drunken stupor. One part of being a Marine is field day. If you've never heard of this, it's basically Marines putting meticulous housewives to shame with our abilities to clean. Weekly, we clean our rooms so spotless that a white glove fails to pick up dirt. Of course, simply cleaning is boring and we regularly spice it up somehow. One of our sergeants totes around a bull horn and yells at everyone. Another makes us stop periodically to come outside, scream something, and then do something to incite some hysteria before going back to clean. When those NCOs aren't watching over us, it still can get boring... so we decided to get ready in, as I've dubbed this picture, "Field Day Uniform in Traditional Manly Pose!" And now we've kinda hit why I'm back to playing. Usually, I'm very active in both our routines and the community. I volunteer at least twice a month, go drinking much more frequently, and PT twice a day. Or at least I did...until I got a hernia. Now I'm bedresting and waiting to heal, so I've got one last picture for everyone... NSFW, though if you've read this far you've already seen it. Once I start to get healthier, or if I manage to get hurt in a new or entertaining way, I'm sure I'll add to this at some point. Again, let's not turn it into a boot camp Q&A, but I will answer some questions.