Austin is at Fort Leonard Wood in the middle of Missouri to attend the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, which is his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). I spoke with his recruiter today, and they are a) revamping the academics for the program, and b) waiting for enough people with that MOS to form the next class. It looks like it will be January before the next class starts, and the class runs for 14 weeks, which means Austin will be there for a while. His recruiter has put in for him to come to Frederick for a month to assist with recruiting, but we don't know if or when that might happen. In the mean time, he has no specific assignment. Each day brings a new task--he has stood guard at a training exercise (he got to tell Army officers that they couldn't enter because the field was hot; he like that), and posed as a terrorist in an exercise with the Australian army. Firing paint balls.
So he's getting paid to do out there what he himself would pay to do here in Maryland.
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