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But we need not worry about that any longer. Here behind these walls the scourge of death that plagues the land cannot reach you. I will keep this address short as there is much to do in the next few hours. You will meet with one of the officers, be assigned a work duty and a barracks to sleep in as well as fill out some basic medical forms in the unlikely event that treatment should be necessary. Welcome to Fort Benning new occupants, and remember we will survive and we will be safe.” When the Colonel had finished the large soldier from the locker room stepped forward and shouted that we should form into groups of twenty. There was chaos for a few moments as men and women clucked off numbers but until the soldiers stepped in and shepherded us into groups we accomplished nothing. The soldiers corralled the groups towards the smaller buildings just beyond the clearing we had gathered for the address in. We waited as one by one we were called into the small office. While we waited we made awkward small talk. We compared horror stories, and talked about the lost loved ones. We discussed all the things people are supposed to in these situations. Tragedy, horror, death; the same false condolences I heard so many times. Hysterics were inevitable. One man in particular was coming apart at the seams. ”Were going to die in here, this is a death trap. We need to run, to hide, survive out in the wild, that's our best chance” he said, frantically trying to rally people to his cause. At some point in his rant I started laughing. “What, what the hell is so funny?” he asked. I pointed at him, “You,” I said chuckling, “You honestly think you'd be better off in the wild?” “Well, yeah I do.” “How would you get water? Where would you sleep? How would you defend yourself?” “I..uh…” he stammered. “Here food is provided, water is supplied, we're given beds to sleep in. and armed goddamned soldiers patrol the walls.” “I guess.” “You guess? Look at these walls, they must be at least two feet thick, and that steel fence all around
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that.” I ran my hand along the wall, feeling its strength as it loomed over me, engulfing me, protecting me. “These walls will defend us, we are safe here, we are provided for, and if you want to leave you are stupid or insane.” If the man wanted to respond he never got the chance as a soldier came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder. He told me I was next, and led me into the small building. He glanced into one of the rooms, pointed to the door and said “In here, you're a lucky boy.” The confusion must have shown on my face because the soldier just smirked and gestured to the door again before walking off. I shrugged and entered the office. “Hello as you're probably aware I'm Colonel Bestraff. Please sit down and fill out these forms.” As she said this she dropped a handful of forms on the desk in front of me and turned to continue typing on her computer.
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