06 August 2007

BOLC II vs. LDAC: Part 1 - Living conditions and time management

So for the benefit of anyone coming to BOLC II at Benning in the near future I'm going to try and set out some of the things that I see as significantly different between this course and last summer's LDAC (summer 06) experience. Tonight I'm going to focus on two subjects. First is housing. The second is time management.

Housing here is more comfortable. My platoon is mostly on the third floor with the exception of the females that are on the first. Each person gets a room with one room mate with the exception of a few people who have three rooms. Some people who are infantry have their own places off post but that is the exception not the rule. Each room has two wall lockers, beds, desks and desk lamps. Eye balling it the room is probably 12x18.

Generally it appears that no one cares what your room looks like. Keep it as clean as you like or be a pig, the option is up to you. You are issued linens. However you can user your own linens if you choose. I'm keeping my guitar under my bed. It really is quite spacious.

I think there are two bathrooms on the floor. I haven't walked all the way down to the other end of the hall to check. But I never see anyone from the other platoon in our bathroom. Showers are a step up from last year. The stalls actually have separators on them.

As for time management. It has been really laid back. All be it it was only the first day. But for the most part the philosophy of the cadre seems to be that once you know the hard time it is on you to get there. No babysitting here. All the movement is also up to you, so no piling on to cattle cars and school buses to get from place to place. No inane counts of people getting on and off the bus. Its good to be a lieutenant.

I think that free time is best summed up by the phrase the cadre OIC for the platoon used. "If you don't have anything to do, don't do it here." What this means is that when there is nothing to do you get time to yourself.

I like the cadre. They seem to have an interest in training smarter not harder so that we can all finish doing training and go drink beer. And that is an army you have to love.

The first week is mostly in briefs and processing. If something doesn't apply to you, you don't have to go. This means people who have been to LDAC or CTLT don't need to go to finance meetings etc.

Also of note my mailing address for anyone who wants it is:

2LT Andrew Nortrup
D/1/11 IN
BOLC II 6th Platoon
BLDG 2749
Fort Benning, GA 31905

4 comments:

hcs820 said...

Hey Sir,
I'm set for BOLC II July 6th at Benning. Thanks for the information. I've been to Basic, AIT, and LDAC. So, hearing that you get to "train smarter, not harder" is awesome. I'm sure my fellow cadets and I would appreciate any posts you have time to put up.
Good luck,
CDT Schepers

Seth said...

I have a couple of quick questions for you if you are still monitoring this post if you don't mind. I see you have your computer, are you allowed to bring your personal computer? Also is there internet in the rooms?

I appreciate the answers and time you are taking to answer them.

Andy said...

Seth,

I haven't been to BOLC II in almost two years, but I can say that when I was there you could have computers if you wanted them. They had internet but at the time it wireless and very poor quality I was at the end of the hall and had a hard time getting on. More often then not if I really wanted to get something done I had to leave and go to an internet cafe.

Keep the faith and have a good time at LDAC it can be a good time. Network with the people you are with because you will run into them later on and it never hurts to have friends when you need some help working with an outside agency.

Quietly Confident said...

Sir,

Good post on BOLC II. I will be going there next year. Unfortunately I have some "idle" time back home, but luckily will be employed as a Gold Bar recruiter, couldn't think of a better job in my college town.

I have heard a lot of complaining about how BOLC II is a huge waste of time, but it appears that those of us who have been infantry, or deployed (both of which I was) may find it to be the easiest Army training to date, as far as time to yourself and babysitting goes. I hope these factors still hold true when I get there in 2010. What have you been up to recently?

-Almost 2Lt. Riggs