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Back From Ft. Benning

Hello all,

As many of you have already found out, I have been having serious lower back problems since leaving for Infantry OSUT in October of last year. Unfortunately, I was unable to complete my training and have been discharged on a Chapter 11, Entry Level Separation.

The support of my family and friends has been invaluable to me. It was a very serious disappointment not being able to complete my training and continue my ARMY career. I came home knowing that I had given 110%, even pushing myself to the point of not being able to walk and ending up in the hospital, and I’m proud of that.

I have already made contact with many of my old sponsors, and hopefully a few new ones, so stay tuned for announcements! I will also be posting a 2010 match schedule within the next few weeks.


February 16, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. BJ,

    Definitely keep your head up. First thing is that you chose to enlist when you have a great career as a competitor. Second, you chose to enlist and turn down what I’m sure would have been a definite slot with the AMU if you chose and chose the regular Army instead of a cushy position as a shooter. Lastly, you went through one of the most difficult programs the military (any branch) has to offer and still did well.

    You already had a profound respect for our nation and its military and being one of the few to raise their hand and pledge your life to its security regardless of outcome is HONORABLE.

    Be proud of yourself as we are of you brotha!

    Take care and ALL THE WAY!


    Comment by Richard A. White | February 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hey BJ,

    Sorry to hear about your leaving the Army, I know it meant alot to you. How is your back doing now? Has it affected your shooting? Hang in there and we will be seeing you at the range.

    To Rich – I take a little offense to calling the shooters with the AMU as having a cushy job. As the mother of one of those shooters, it is by far not very cushy. Little time to shoot, lots of training of other soldiers and three of the AMU shooters are heading to Afghanistan next month. I’m sure you didn’t mean anything by it but give them a break and a little respect too.

    See you at Area 4 BJ,

    Comment by Marlene Coley | February 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thanks for the support guys, it’s tough to want and work for something that hard, and then have it taken away by something that was unforeseen and out of my control. I’m mobile now, but I still have to be careful of the way I move, and a steady workout of running is pretty much out of the question.


    I don’t think Rich meant any disrespect toward the AMU in anyway, but I will say that it is a much different lifestyle in a line unit as opposed to the AMU. Both are demanding and tough jobs, but being in combat and truly depending on one another to stay alive breeds a whole different kind of brotherhood that I only got a glimpse of in OSUT.

    My headgear is off to anybody who raises their hand in defense of the country, no matter if they’re Infantry, M.I. or a Water Treatment Specialist, every job has it’s place, and is needed so that the Infantry can get the doors open and boots on the ground.

    Comment by bjnorris | February 28, 2010 | Reply

  4. Marlene,

    If I offended, it was not my intention. However, I think we can agree that life, at home, with your husband, wife and kids, in the AMU is more than a little different than being deployed and conducting missions outside the wire everyday for 12-24 hours/day and getting rocketed.

    That said, I appreciate everything that they, my brothers and sisters do. They have their mission as we had ours.

    Nice BJ on the Infantry Kool-Aid. 😉 I could go in to a long pissing contest with you on infantry vs. artillery (only ’cause I did basic at Sill) and infantry vs. medics. 😀

    Glad you’re home brotha and I owe you a beer.


    Comment by Richard A. White | March 1, 2010 | Reply

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