This letter was written on three ring binder note paper, and put into fake outline format.

28 APR 1967

Dear Mom and Dad,

I'm in Infantry Hall again. I am having a real needed rest in the form of an 8 hour block of instruction on Platoon Tactics.

I am camouflaging my letter as an outline, because there are TAC's behind me on a stand watching the class. We had a night compass course last night and didn't get to sleep till 1:30 am. As usual with these compass courses, my group was the first finished and we found all our stakes.

We are now finishing our 5th week, next Saturday we'll be 1/4 fo the way through, plus. I will get paid Saturday or Monday, and I sure am glad of that. I haven't even been in the company area long enough to pick u the Money Order yet. I'm going to skip lunch today and run get it.

I'm so sleepy I can hardly stay up straight in my chair. I've had three 1st Lt.'s pass me so far and none of them realized I was writing a letter. We lost 3 candidates yesterday through a "voluntary" turn back, or in other words they were asked to go back to another company and start over again. A lot of the rest plan to quit in the 7th or 8th week, about 50 of them so far. I think my roommate might even quit the way he talks now.

I'm in the classroom now and I started to rewrite my first letter because of the sloppy handwriting, but I'm just too, tired to hold a pen straight right now.


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