OH MY GOD
I GOT AN AWARD (for foolishly refusing to abandon my watch) AND WE GOT DETACHED TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAN NORMAL AND I THINK THOSE TWO THINGS WERE A LITTLE BIT RELATED.
This means we can go to the bathroom individually! We can go get cereal from the mess hall! We don’t have to all stand out on the quay while half the class smokes Newports! We don’t have to wait for the guys to come downstairs for breakfast and they don’t have to shout “SEVEN NINE TWO” in the stairwell as we angrily get dressed! We can move as human beings and not as an irritated stampede! (well, not really. we have to form up six to eight times a day for marching/muster/colors. but oh my god.)
we literally marched to the library singing “Free At Last”.
The smokers came down for their last cigarette of the day and yelled “SEVEN NINE TWO” as a fine jest. we joyfully told them the exact manner in which they could fuck themselves. feels good man.