Everything is over a few days ago. Looking back, it is amazing to see so much things happened in such a short period of time. I did not realize this fact when I was besotted with the process. This period of 10 weeks is somehow sufficient for many activities that could take so much time in your past life. I say your past life, since there is a certain line that splits your life into before and after this course. You will notice it at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of the process. But be assured that you will notice it eventually. You will say “I don’t want to return to my past life”, “I will continue living like this” etc. You are going to say “what’s happening here” when you realize that you can communicate with people with whom you have a way by looking at one another, and sometimes using your feelings only.
You may not understand these facts, you will when you are into it. And you will really love your teammates during this period. As an answer to the question “how is this possible in a short period of 10 weeks?”, I say “you may see these people, who live in the way you do and, who are like you, for only 10 weeks, but you know them very well for years because you know yourself.” I saw and learned many things here in term of human values. This was the first important aspect for me and, I felt it to the bone in many occasions. The staff of trainers and other personnel are really good people, you can feel it. Most of them are nuts, but they are really good. You can feel that they support you and stand by you.
Here in this place, the process of training and development reveals itself in many different areas. In addition to the technical aspects, the topics such as psychological operations, irregular warfare, the concept of crime, profiling etc. are discussed at the right consistency in a guiding manner. You will have successfully completed the development stage in these topics that will make a difference in addition to the technical development, if you come here with full motivation and determination.
There were some people in our team, who attended the course for these special topics only. There is a beautiful method that I trust in the technical training. You would learn more when you are in a project/ application and make research about the details of a programming language or any other topics and, what you have learnt would become permanent since you have learnt it by yourself. And, you would start absorbing the knowledge without any deficiency if you write what you have learnt as if you were telling it to someone. So, there will be so many projects carried out under such a method. This place is like a simulation of life itself. You hear a whistle when you make a mistake, and you are taught the correct one. And you are guided to avoid making the same mistake again. It doesn’t take years for you to get rewarded for your efforts, you are given a chance to notice the change in you and others around during the process and, you notice the development.
In order to guide those who hesitate because of the distance they need to travel to attend the course, I would like to talk about this issue. I was the only person in our team that lives outside the city (Ankara). I travelled each week for the training and, I somehow kept balanced the whole training, whether weekdays or weekends. On one of the last days, a teammate Hali Arı said that “you have travelled such a distance for 10 weeks, so it happens when you are determined”. I said to myself “did I do that?” when I heard this sentence. At the very beginning of the process, all the obstacles, difficulties and excuses disappear and, you let things slide. I forgot that I travelled such a distance. And most of the moments you feel valuable happens during these processes. You team worries about you and weigh down on you, just your family does. I heard many times the words of a mother such as “have you arrived?”, “where are you?”, “where have you been”, “be careful!” etc. when I set off from Ankara. And these are the first signals indicating that you will become a family.