The Army is using some cool technological advancements with night vision goggles, such as being able to detect people better and creating outlines around them and other objects to help define things. This technology adds a bit of depth to the vision to make it easier to identify objects. Transcript: "What recent technological advancements the Army is using that you're excited about? There's a lot of cool things they're doing, you know, advancements to weapons, to vehicles and everything. One of the cooler ones I think I've seen is some other advancements they're doing with night vision. With the night vision goggles, they've got this cooler technology where it's able to detect people better and it kind of creates like an outline around them and other outlines around other objects to really kind of define things. One of the key things with night vision currently, with the more common type of versions of night vision goggles in the Army, is that it's really hard to tell depth and some of the other kind of things look kind of very flat. And I think that kind of adds a little bit of depth to things to make it a little easier, but also be able to identify objects a little bit better so that everything doesn't feel like it just kind of blends together in this green kind of wash. You can kind of see these outlines. So some of the advancements with, I think, the NVGs with the night vision goggles, those look pretty cool."
No, Army basic training does not provide any days off. The closest thing to a break is on Sundays, where you will have some time off for religious practice or to clean the barracks and do other personal tasks. Transcript: "Do you get weekends off in Army basic training? No, definitely not. The closest thing you'll kind of get is like, on like, let's say Saturday for example. Saturday you're probably doing some sort of training still. You don't get any kind of time off on Saturday. You'll still be doing training, doing things on Saturday. The closest thing you kind of will get is sort of on Sundays, where Sunday you'll have time to like go to, like you know, to go to church. You know, you want to go and go to practice for whatever your religion is, then you can go to the church to listen to the pastor and listen to the preacher talk and everything like that. And if you don't do that, then you're usually gonna stay behind and clean up the barracks. And there's little moments of time where you'll get a little bit of time off to like write letters, use phones maybe, do other kinds of things, personal hygiene, everything. But essentially, you won't get any days off. You won't get that until possibly sort of like on family time at the end when you're graduating. After that, that stuff doesn't come until you actually get to your unit. In basic, no days off."
Hunting blinds can be beneficial for hunting, as they provide protection from the elements and concealment, but it is important to make sure that the blind has been in use for a while so that the game does not notice any new changes. Transcript: "Hey Liv, this is a great question. I would say first and foremost would depend on how long you have been using that blind and if you have had it set up for several months or even a year before you use it for hunting. That's because deer and other game, they notice new things. They're not dumb. So that is an advantage. They're used to your hunting blind and you being in it completely conceals you. It also protects you from the weather. Even the nice million dollar ones, they are warm, soundproof, you can hold conversations, you can put your portable heater in there. But I would say that it almost lures you into a false sense of stealth. It really depends on how you're going to use it Liv, but I approve of hunting blinds. I'd rather be in a hunting blind in the winter than I would be sitting in a tree stand. Alright, thank you."
Hunting with a crossbow isn't my favorite as it is more reliant on practice and accuracy than other weapons. It can be difficult to dispatch an animal if you don't hit the right spot. Additionally, hunting with a crossbow can give you the opportunity to hunt bigger animals during the prime rut season, as well as being quieter than a rifle. Transcript: "I do have experience hunting with a crossbow. It's not my favorite. It's a lot more reliant on practicing. And dispatching animals is always tricky if you don't hit the right spot. You know, with bucks, they tend to duck whenever they first hear the arrow coming. And if you don't hit them right in the heart, they will run and bleed all over the place. And you'll think you've killed a deer, but you'll end up spending several hours tracking it just to find a dried up blood trail. With hogs, I've hunted with it, and it doesn't dispatch them any easier. I'd rather stick to my.308 for that. However, you do have the opportunity to hunt bigger animals as it's normally right in the prime rut season. And you can always be a lot quieter with a crossbow than you can a rifle. With a crossbow, you have the opportunity to see animals even after you've shot. Thank you."
Finding quality people with integrity is the biggest challenge faced in my current role as a security contractor. Transcript: "Some of the biggest challenges I face in my current role as a security contractor is finding quality people to work with a lot of people who shouldn't be there, fall through the cracks. A lot of people who lied on their contracts or their applications to these companies bring nothing but negativity, they bring clicks, they bring things that just don't add and those folks tend to stick around and rise to the top. And for the folks like me who work in this world, it becomes a measuring contest of not so much character but what you've done in your past. And I think they live in the ghost of what they haven't done and they try to make that up their net up in words because it's definitely not actions. So I would say finding people with integrity is the biggest issue and challenge."
My work in the military community has had a negative impact on my personal life and relationships. I have lost relationships, a marriage, and friendships due to people not understanding what I went through and me not wanting to explain it. Trust has become an issue as well. Transcript: "How has my work in the military community impacted personal life and relationships? Well, I wish I had a positive thing to say about all this. The reality is it affected my personal life and my relationship adversely, things change, people change, you come back different and the folks at home don't recognize you and sometimes you don't recognize them and people drift apart. Uh, I had lost relationships, a marriage, friendships. People don't tend to understand what you go through and people like me don't want to explain what you've gone through and if you don't talk about them with those people and they don't want to hear it. Trust becomes a big issue."