Wow, I have a new appreciation for pain. I was fully initiated into B Co, 3BSTB today. They laid me on a table and stuck a breathing tube down my nose. You have to get the full visual: the tube is 6 inches long and a good quarter inch around. They lube it up, pull your nose back and start feeding that sucker in and oh by the way, it has to puncture the membrane in the back of your nose before it can get all the way down your throat. I think my sinuses are still bleeding.
Now before you wonder why this torture, consider that it is a lifesaving skill when a soldier’s face has been damaged enough to prevent them from breathing.
I have to get the pictures from my First Sergeant but I have been officially initiated!