On any given night, there were about six of us in attendance. We all had different stories to tell, different backgrounds, and served during different eras--from the Vietnam War to the Global War on Terror. However, we found that certain experiences in the military are universal regardless of rank or branch of service, some examples being: Boot Camp, the gas chamber, the fog and friction of war, MREs, the weapons range, and, of course, HUAW (hurry up and wait).
While I have accumulated over 1,000 hours of continuing education since medical school, this was the first time that I attended a class of instruction that was not a CME course, and my first formal English class since college. The information was valuable, but the friends I made were even more so. And it definitely helped to jump start the writing of my military memoirs--just the story of my experience during Operation Unified Assistance in Indonesia is up to 15,000 words and counting!