I was a Drill Sergeant at Ft L.Wood in 1980 – 1981. It was about 6 weeks into Combat Engr OSUT I was on staff duty on a Sunday. Training schedule had the trainees with a 1/2 day off. It was late afternoon, most of the trainees were out of the barracks and it was sort of quiet.
PVT W came to the office with a worried look on his face. Sensing something was amiss, I asked him to sit and talk. He told me that he just got off the phone with his girlfriend and that she was pregnant.
I gave him the usual DS pep talk. “You stupid idiot, Don’t be silly wrap your willy.” Etc. He took it in stride and seemed to have more to say. I said “What, is there anything else?”
“Yes Drill Sergeant, I seem to have gotten her mother pregnant as well.”
I started laughing, about that time my relief came in. I made him tell him the same story. We had a good laugh.
Then I called the Chaplain and sent PVT W on his way. I let the professionals handle this one.
He finished OSUT and I never heard about him again. It’s around this time of year (Thanksgiving) when I think about him and his “family” and I just laugh.