One thing about having an “off-season” Annual Training is that it kind of throws off your sense of time. We get used to “summer A.T.” and then get the idea that the rest of the slate for the year is clean (aside from Drill Weekends). Then, suddenly, something lands where to doesn’t seem to belong.
I’ve done off-season ATs before, a couple times in the winter and about a half-dozen in the March through April time span. Of course, I had a regular job that was very accommodating and was no longer a student, so the interruption of my schedule brought me a mildly amused sense of something different, a novelty in my schedule, rather than a rude surprise I was unprepared for.
And in the case of Cecelia Glass, she really wasn’t thinking when she got her hair dye job for her Halloween costume. She went with “Sexy Dumpster Fire” which included flame-like hair coloring and lots of hair mousse. Technically the costume came with cheap wash-out dye but she was feeling squirrelly and decided to get a nice professional job to add some color to her daily routine. But now she’s caught by surprise by by Annual Training, which means that expensive dye job is going to have to go. Regulations don’t allow for any hair coloring that does not reflect “natural” hair colors, so that’s a lot of time and money that could have been literally “down the drain” for a whole lot less. Poor Cecelia.