Day 6: We checked in and watched a few videos for the first half of the day, broke for lunch early and did final preparations for our historical brief.
After lunch, we gave our briefs, received criticism from the instructor, classmates, and others. We ended the day after the briefs.
Day 7: We touched on more admin related topics within the Army’s mission, watched more clips, and broke for lunch.
When we returned, we played a game where we would pick on courses of action with Soldier’s displaying behaviors that were inconsistent with the Army’s values and mission.
Day 8: We spent the whole day discussing ethical dilemmas and how to manage them. This created a heated dynamic as balancing the ethics of NASW, or APA, can conflict with the Army’s mission.
One example being breaking confidentiality for mission safety. A hypothetical scenario being if a Soldier is experiencing paranoia with command hallucinations, and they’re responsible for nuclear weapons, would you break confidentiality?
Another example being is a Soldier is currently intoxicated, and set to drive military vehicles with Soldiers in the back? Often times, the safety and completion of the mission directly conflict with the code of ethics.
Day 9: Was a wrap up day with some guest lectures from prior service folks, advice on how to be successful, etc.
Day 10: We took a survey in the morning, then exited the course en route to our duty stations.
It was a humbling and exciting feeling to finally leave BOLC and hop on a plane on out to my first duty station. I have a lot of fond memories of Ft. Sam Houston, and would return multiple times for various trainings in the future.
Up next would be the beginning of SWIP.