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PFC Keeter

Part 1: PFC Keeter describes his road march in Basic when he was really hurting. He talks about the difficulties of the road march and how he wasn't sure he was going to make it. A Buddy offered to take his ruck for him. PFC Keeter was afraid of failing.

Part 2: PFC Keeter discusses how he realized that handing off his rucksack would cause more pain for the rest of his platoon, so he draws strength from the hard work they are already doing. He realizes that quitting would actually be even worse for him. PFC Keeter realizes that he can endure, persevere and encourage others to work harder. He relates dealing with the stress in Basic to the stresses they will face in combat.

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