Just Let Us Out
Our stay at Ft. Dix began with the reminder we were still to abide by the first general order -- specifically no alcohol. Even the leadership yearned to let their hair down, as evidenced by its reluctant reminder for compliance. From the beginning the commander worked the issue and brokered a deal allowing us to drink three beers per night at the installation club. The club welcomed the deal as it too suffered under the no alcohol policy - no demand. The deal worked out well for all involved, generating revenue and letting us ease back into civilian life.
The remainder of our instructions were, to make sure we arrived early to each event on our demobilization schedule, because "If you are late then we cannot get you home on time." We arrived early for every event, only to practice our napping techniques while waiting an hour for anyone to show up and start the events for the day. For all of the things that have changed while we've been away, the garrison Army has not.
The rest of the week went by slowly. We listened to several briefings, where briefers were anything but brief and some of them were inaudible. Their messages were a mere formality before we could get out of Ft. Dix and they could collect a paycheck. Some things were helpful, but really, how can a one hour session with a group of 20 people help anyone that really needs therapy? Like I said it was a week of formality, though I hope if anyone needs help, at least they learned where to turn.
The word came that we were to take buses back to Virginia and were even given the option to have our families pick us up from Ft. Dix. Some made those very arrangements since they could not take the atmosphere anymore. Most of us made every effort to be on the buses back to Virginia and not stuck at Ft. Dix due missing any of the demobilization requirements. With the weather forecast of a winter storm - maybe it was a better idea to have family come get us.
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