Saturday, March 13, 2010

ocs: day 7

First things first, my entire house is clean and you can't even believe what that does for my spirit. The weather is great, Rudy is still tired from going to doggy camp yesterday (so he's not driving me nuts!) and there's a What Not to Wear marathon on. I even lit what Andrew calls my "it's Spring and she's been cleaning" candle. Good day.

I've read a lot about how the format of OCS has changed over the last few months, but I haven't been able to find any details. It sounds like a majority of it is just timing. The same things are happening, they're just happening during different weeks. I'm still going to post the weekly overviews, because if anything else it gives you an idea of what he's going through. But I'll try to find out what's really going on if I can. One thing I did find out is that Indoc week isn't one week long anymore - it's about three weeks. I'm not sure what will fill their time and whether or not today is really "Black Saturday," but let's pretend that I know what I'm talking about :)
Today will be your last test of Indoc week. Prepare to PT like you never have before. There are any number of ways your DI can decide to put your class through this last test so it's hard to say what will occur. DIs will be circling like sharks and there will be many, many RPT sessions. Keep your bearing, give all you've got, yell loud and it will be over before you know it. Realize one thing: today, no one will do anything right in the eyes of the DI. By the end of the day, you will be exhausted, filthy, your uniform will be drenched in sweat and you will stink beyond comprehension.

In the afternoon, your class DI will normally brief you on your RLP that occurs during the 3rd week. There will usually be examples laid out of how he wants everything folded and stamped. Be prepared to pay close attention and even take notes. You will need to start prepping for this inspection this afternoon even though the inspection is two weeks away. Your DI may also assign class billets: Class President, Class VP, PT Body, RLP Body, Knowledge Body, Drill Body, Watch Bill Coordinator and 1st Lieutenant to name a few. These are positions of leadership within your class and could be a good way to distinguish yourself. However, be careful if you decide to pursue one of these positions. You don't want to over exert yourself and end up causing yourself more heartache in the future.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I really, really, really want a phone call tomorrow. I just want to know how things are going and if he has any idea what the next few weeks will bring. Actually, I just want to hear his voice. I can't believe the first week has passed - 75 days to go! It really is getting easier every minute, which is so encouraging. Also, is it bad that I want to start shopping for my graduation outfit? I hope not :)

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