His First Day Of Boot Camp Was 9/11: 20 Years Later, A Soldier Looks Back At The Day That Changed Everything

Most Americans who are old enough to remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks know exactly where they were and what they were doing the moment they learned what was happening.

For Sergeant First Class Eric Arellano, that day was his first day of Army Basic Training. (RELATED: Biden Plans To Visit Three Sites Of 9/11 Attacks)

Arellano enlisted in August of 2001, but couldn’t get a training slot until a few weeks later — and Sept. 11 just happened to be the day he stepped off the bus at Fort Benning, Georgia.

FORT BENNING, GA – NOVEMBER 7: U.S. Soldiers with Delta Company line up to take part in morning team development exercises November 7, 2002 in Fort Benning, Georgia. Barry Williams/Getty Images

Arellano told the Daily Caller that he was prepared for the Drill Sergeants to “mess with him,” noting that his uncle had been a Sergeant Major and had advised him that the best way to make it through training was not to stand out or make waves.

He recalled being taken aback when the Drill Sergeants brought the platoon together and brought in a television to watch the news after the planes had hit the twin towers.

“It was like

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