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||[Jun. 14th, 2008|07:41 pm]
The Broken Clockwork Soldier
The OCS update.
I have been busy as all get out here at Quantico. Week 3 came to an end and I am on my first liberty period. We are the duty platoon so I have to go back to the Barracks at 2200 and then we are let out again at 0800.
Most of us are going to IHOP in the morning. That should be good.
This phase of OCS has been fairly intense. I really like my platoon and I am grateful for having the instructors I do.
I am actually gaining weight this year. They changed how are PT is run so instead of running us into the ground like they did previous years, they are concentrating on "total Military fitness". We do alot less running than last year, but a lot more upper body. We do a thing called the "muscle endurance course", you go from station to station and at each point you do an exercise for 1 minute, as many reps as you can. Its mostly push ups, pull ups, barbell curls and military press. Things of that nature. There is one thing we call the "Spartan Workout" which is a bunch of logs fixed to a pivot pole, you lift the free end up to your chest and then for a minute pop press it from your chest above your head. Good times
We tend to finish with "push pull abs" and my arms feel like jelly after a pyramid of push ups, pull ups and sit ups.
Then they pad out the rest of the day with a few hours of close order drill, classes and field exercises.
We have had a bunch of graded events, I am doing fairly well, My physical fitness scores are in the high 80%, my Academics are in the middle 90% and my leadership score is around an 85%, nothing particularly stellar, but it keeps me in the boat at this point.
This coming week is going to be brutal, but our feeling is that if you pass everything this week you have passed the course.
We hike out to the field at 1900 tommorrow, then at 0200 we have a 9 mile hike, followed by 2 days of "squad in the offense" then we get our orders and set off on the next 2 days of the Small Unit Leadership Evaluation Part 2. SULE II is our final for leadership. It is the most heavily weighed event. You have to take your squad and lead them from a tactical assembly area to an objective, hit and take the objective. You conduct this operation from the planning phase to the execution and consolodation. You are giving a map, a compass, some grids and your squad. Prepare to lead, candidate!
The ass kicker is that everyone has to do it and there are 16 guys in our squads, so we do this 16 times. Each Assembly area (which we have to run to between attacks) is about a klick appart. Then you form up and go on the assault, wash rinse and repeat. We are only going to be running on 4 hours of sleep.
Anyrate, for those of you who need the rest of the address, its E company 2nd Platoon, I will update this to facebook as well as myspace.