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A Soldier’s Weapon, Tool of the Trade

A Soldier's Weapon, Tool of the Trade

To a soldier, a weapon is part of the trade, it becomes part of you because without it, you feel naked, without it you feel vulnerable. Throughout basic training, from the second you are issued your rifle, either an M16 or an M4, it becomes your weapon. Not a "gun", because calling it that will cost you some pushups, and not something you play with, because it’s not a toy. From the second it’s issued to you until you turn it back in at the end of your basic experience, it is by your side, taken everywhere you go, and you are responsible for it. Through ruck marches in the rain, fire drills in the middle of the night, and low crawling through mud, your weapon better be in your hands.