My trip started with a 4 hour long shuttle ride. Once I arrived in portland I checked in to the hotel they provided, at about 3:30 in the afternoon. My roommate was the one guy who was with me during the shuttle ride. At 6 or so I go to the hotel's restaraunt to eat the dinner they provide, which really isn't a bad meal. And I was so hungry that even if it was bad I would still eat it.
I went to bed around 11, got up at 4 in the morning. Then it's downstairs for breakfast, lining up with the other guys, and taking a bus for a short ride over to MEPS.
The checkup with the doctor went fine as I expected, and I was finally qualified to enter the air force. I then had to wait about 5 hours before my swear-in ceremony happened. Then after that it was another 3 hour wait to take the bus ride back to the hotel. I spent the downtime playing pool with random recruits. Most were there getting ready to ship out to basic, but many were there for processing(something I had already done at an earlier date).
At the hotel I repeated the same process as the day before, and was assigned a new roommate. It's some guy from salem with a lot of tattoos. He was sad because he had to join the army instead of the navy, the navy wouldn't take him because of the tats. He said he regretted ever getting them.
Then it was back to MEPS, and a 4 hour wait to take the DLAB. I had gotten a good 7 hours of sleep the previous night (took a sleeping pill and was out at 9). Then I downed a 5 hour energy pre-test, so I was ready.
The DLAB was HARD. It was so freaking hard, and you can't really prepare for it. It actually humbled me in that I may be a bright guy but let me tell you anyone who scores very high on this test is a freakin genius. The test took about an hour, and when it was over, I did not think I passed it. I was prepared for that, I had good backup jobs ready, but I was going to be a little sad as I really was joining the air force in hopes of being crypto-linguist.
After about a half hour wait my test scores came in. It took a score of 100 out of 176 to pass. That may not sound very high but I can't stress enough how difficult this test is. I actually think the other branches require a lower score to pass, but the air force is stricter.
Anyways, I scored a 107. So I passed! Pretty close though. So I get to be crypto linguist.
It sounds like I will be shipping to basic in late spring/early summer. When that's over I will be heading to the "Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center" to become proficient in a foreign language over the period of a year. It's supposed to be basically the best linguist school in the world, but super hard. At the end of the year you are tested by native speakers and have to read/write/speak to complete proficiency as judged by them. So here is to taking it seriously.
ok that's all