I knew I could never be a Marine but after Jane Wayne Day at my husband’s unit, I knew for sure I could never amount to being a Marine. The rigorous training, the harsh environments, I would never last. I guess that’s why they are “the few and the proud.”
I’ve heard spouses talk and participate in Jane Wayne Day and I also knew that not many units, battalions, etc. have them. So when I received an email from the FRO in regards to Jane Wayne Day I immediately signed up and of course, immediately after signing up I panicked because I didn’t want to get yelled at by the Marines if I couldn’t pull off the CFT (Combat Fitness Test).
The morning of Jane Wayne Day I was running late, great! I made it to the unit just in time to tie my hair up in a ponytail and slip on my flak jacket. We were divided into two squadrons with one Marine assigned to each squadron. The CO and Sgt. Maj. greeted us and inaugurated the day. We all started lining up and maneuvering ourselves to the 7-tons with the watchful eyes of the Corpsman, who, as you could sense, was keeping his fingers crossed that there were no injuries.
We headed to the CFT field where we tried attempted to lift ammo cans, 60 in 1 minute! Let’s just say that yours truly will not be lifting ammo cans anytime soon. We then went on to do an obstacle course, which by midway I was ready to pass-out (don’t worry, I didn’t.) We were then shown a K9 demonstration that was followed by a lovely meal of some yummy MRE’s.
Lunch was followed by the rifle range where we were taught how to shoot rifles, shotguns and guns. I was completely intimidated by this exercise. I didn’t know how to use any of those weapons and I was afraid I would be the one messing everything up. Luckily, I didn’t mess up, I actually did pretty well!
Aside from those mellowed-down training exercises, we learned a lot about what our husbands do on a daily basis. We learned a lot about teamwork and a lot about the Marines.
Would I do this day again even though the CFT kicked my rear end? Absolutely!
Jane Wayne Day was a great experience, but I know that I will never amount to what these Marines do on a daily basis. I have great admiration for all of them and I am thankful that they showed us how to be a Marine for a day.