Week one was all about in-processing, getting to know our cohort, and familiarizing ourselves to BOLC and JBSH. Roughly 1/3of the cohort came from DCC, while the officers came from ROTC, OCS, or their reserve / guard units. It was fun to meet new Soldiers and hear their stories.
We spent the week in-processing. Day one we did height weight, PowerPoint presentations, and received initial counseling statements. It felt like a long day, as we started at 0400 and ended roughly around 1800. I hit the bed early as to prepare for a PT test the next morning at 0400.
Day one was the PT test, which I scored better than expected. I scored a 296/300, missing the perfect run score, as per usual. It is important to score above a 90 in each event as it put the Soldier in the running for various awards. Additionally, it afforded the opportunity for Soldiers to take leave outside of a 50-mile radius from post. Having the option to explore other parts of Texas was important to me, so I pushed hard on my PT test.
After the PT test, we continued in-processing with more PowerPoint Presentations.
Days three through five were more PowerPoint presentations and receiving gear from CIF. Part of BOLC is the three-week FTX and we were assigned the gear necessary for the venture. We were put into our platoons by alphabet. As per usual, I was put in 1Platoon “Spartans” given my last name starting with an “A”.
On Friday, we spent half of the day in the AMEDD Museum, which was a unique opportunity to learn about Army medicine. It was fascinating to see how far medicine has come, as well as how much influence Army tactics had on the civilian world. At the end of the tour we reported back to the auditorium to hear the familiar safety brief for the weekend.
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“It is important to score above a 90 in each event as it put the Soldier in the running for various awards.”