219-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

August 6th, 2552 – Survival Training
Pilot/Witness and sometimes Target Kat “S-Kat” James Reporting

In light of my three-day/four-hour vacation, the brass, with the military advising them, have decided that all non-military personnel are now required to take a survival training program. They aren’t very clear on what ‘failure to do so’ will entail but everyone, from the guys in laundry to the folks in communications are now required to take the class track based on the situations they might encounter.

I don’t know what they think people might encounter, but I’m pretty sure teleporting aliens was not on the list. Not that it’s the kind of thing that’s on any body’s top ten of possibilities but it should be.

What gets to me is the fact that they want people to do this in a lecture format. Now, I’ll admit that might work for some people but when you’re faced with an alien that looks like someone spiked Picasso’s Margarita with a handful of meth laced absinthe with a PCP chaser— and then let him loose with Crayolas.

One look at something like that, and pretty much anything you learned in a book is going straight out the window. Trust me on this, there are some skills that need to be taught hands-on – even if the end result is knowing you should never be trusted around power tools, or sharp objects, or super strong fast-acting adhesives.

These are important things to learn before you need them. As is, first aid and adhesive removal.

And it only took us 8 months to get here.

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