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Shower Drill Slip

July 25, 2013

Shower drills: something every recruit comes to know and not love. The shower is one large square room with a door lacking any kind of curtain and five shower heads on opposite walls for a total of ten shower heads. A shower drill is quite different from simply taking a shower. A shower can be bad enough. Standing there naked with nine other girls and washing yourself. Yeah, definitely not the most comfortable situation to be in. But it’s something you get used to.

Shower drills make showering with other girls feel relaxed. During a drill, a Drill Sergeant stands and watches as you shower with other girls. Added to this wonderful addition of the Drill Sergeant is the Drill Sergeant’s attitude, which is foul considering they are watching a bunch of naked people shower together.

The fun doesn’t stop there. The Drill Sergeant is also there to make sure the shower drill is performed properly. Recruits need to be able to wash completely while walking a lap around the shower room and utilizing each shower head. So, a recruit uses the first two to three shower heads to get wet, the next few to lather up, and, hopefully, use the final one to rinse off completely. Going to bed with shampoo still in your hair is an unpleasant feeling.

Since the military is passionate about personal hygiene, recruits are required to wear flip-flops, which are also referred to as “sud-surfers”, while showering. Although somewhat cleaner, they can be much slipperier than bare feet. This creates interesting situations as recruits move quickly and nervously from one shower head to another while being watched by a Drill Sergeant.

During a particular shower drill, there was an incident. You see, as we go about our drill, we exit right next to the Drill Sergeant since she is positioned in the only doorway into the shower. Recruits are in a hurry since doing push-ups in nothing but flip-flops for being too slow isn’t exactly fun. One recruit, I can’t remember her name, was in too much of a hurry. As she rushed out the doorway and attempted to step over the small ledge out of the shower, she slipped. She slipped and fell right into the Drill Sergeant’s arms. The Drill Sergeant, in a reflexive move, reached for the recruit to steady her without thinking, and she caught a wet–and naked–recruit.

Everyone stopped. The shower drill came to a complete halt as we watched in silence for the Drill Sergeant’s reaction to her moist embrace. Some of us, I believe, were afraid for the recruit’s life. It was a steamy moment. After steadying the recruit, the Drill Sergeant regained her composure and scanned the shower room as the recruit fled as fast as her flip-flops allowed. No words needed to be said; it only took one look from the Drill Sergeant for the rest of us to resume showering–quickly. Although, each one of us made sure to slow down as we exited from that point on. Not only from fear, but also to get a good look at the Drill Sergeant’s damp uniform.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2013 2:50 am

    Now this story is awesome! Engaging reading from beginning to end. More! What happened after everyone got a look at the wet Drill Sergeant?

  2. August 7, 2013 11:19 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words! This was at the beginning of Basic Training, so there wasn’t much giggling that night about the incident. We were all too tired…and terrified. However, when things became more relaxed, we took time to laugh at this as well as many other incredibly funny things that occurred-usually at the Drill Sergeants’ expense. I’m currently working on a few more Boot stories:) I appreciate the comment!

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