Matt called, on liberty, on an out-of-the ordinary Saturday. And eventually what I understood – between him downplaying things by nature, and me not understanding the acronym-filled Navy jargon, it takes a while – was that not only has his class secured (passed enough tests so that they get some basic freedoms) and he passed his navigation test (yet another really hard exam they don’t get nearly enough time to study for), but – BUT – his class rocked their drill competition so hard that nobody has any memory of any class ever scoring higher. EVER.
And if all that means even less to you than it did at first to me, it helps to think about how it makes sense that the way to make a drill instructor happy is to drill well. (And drill instructors are not known for being happy.)