Alpine Summit

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Week 1 of OCS

I figured the other bloggers on the Internet could handle all the political stuff for a while and since I'm actually at risk of being punished for my words now, I figure I better not push my luck. So instead, I have decided to talk about how my training is going.

My first week at OCS has been really enjoyable and FAR better than BCT (Basic Combat Training). I came in to Ft. Benning, GA on Saturday morning, signed in and headed out to check out the post. It was a weird feeling being able to drive myself, leave the post and do what I wanted. In the movie "Shawshank Redemption" they talk about how a man can become institutionalized; how he ends up needing the walls confining him. I can't help but feel that's me with the Army to some degree. The fact that I'm even blogging feels weird. After I had signed into the front desk, they said they didn't care what I did as long as I reported back by Sunday at 2200. I had to ask them to verify what they were telling me a few times before it sunk in that I was (relatively) FREE!

The first few days were required in-processing things, filing for a secret security clearance, taking EO (Equal Opportunity) classes, sexual harrassment classes, equipment issue, PT test (I scored a 242), and other such classes where one tries to stay awake. Most of us in our platoon have really bonded and I can see a few people needing to let go of their NCO mentality of "I have to get this done" to "I have to tell them to get it done." Other than that, it's going really smoothly.

During the last part of the week we did CWST (Combat Water Survival Training) and and obstacle course. They were both a lot of fun. The obstacles were varied from stupid easy to a little more challenging. The CWST was the most difficult. Actually, just one event in CWST was the most difficult. We had to swim 15 meters in full ACU uniform carrying an M16 (lead weight) and an LBE (suspender/belt thing to hang equipment off of) with two full canteens. I ALMOST didn't make it. I was about 10 or so feet from the end and my head started to fall under the water more. The safety reached out his little hook thing for me to grab but I was NOT going to have to go through it again and just kept kicking until I could reach the end of the pool. I was completely exhausted after getting out and had the distance been any farther, probably wouldn't have made it.

Overall, I've been really enjoying myself. I know the hard stuff is yet to come, but I know I will enjoy it only because the people here aren't idiots like they were in BCT. Stay tuned, I'm hoping to keep posting on what we're doing for training each week. I should hopefully get a chance to get a post a week in. So until then, leave questions and comments!

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Back from BCT!

I've made it through BCT and leave for Ft. Benning on Saturday. Hopefully I will have more internet access there and be able to keep you all aprised as to how I'm doing. I have lots of stories and lots of memories I will someday be able to share. For now I'm still pressed for time and can't be here long enough to tell you all. This is just a quick note to let you know I'm still alive and also so they don't shut down my blog for non-use.

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