George Hand recounts his experience training with the Green Berets, specifically his time mastering the assembly and disassembly of mortars. His skills were challenged when he jokingly claimed he could assemble the massive “Four Deuce” mortar by himself, only to be tasked with doing exactly that. Despite achieving the feat, he faced humiliation from an antagonistic trainer, Sergeant “Rotten” Apple, but the support from his peers uplifted him, highlighting the camaraderie and challenges of military training.
- The Green Beret training program is intense, with the first phase designed as a test of one’s physical endurance, determination, and teamwork.
- George Hand chose to specialize in weapons, particularly mortars, based on his prior experience as a mortar specialist.
- A challenge arose when George claimed he could set up the heavy “Four Deuce” mortar on his own, a claim he successfully fulfilled despite its daunting weight.
- Sergeant “Rotten” Apple, a notoriously tough trainer, further challenged George by making him crawl to lunch across rough terrain only to deny him entry because of his dirty uniform.
- Despite the challenges, the unity and support from fellow trainees played a vital role in boosting morale and ensuring success during the training.