10 miles and one exam later, we have made it to Phase IV. Can you believe we have only four weeks remaining at WOBC? Time is flying by! Now that we are in Phase IV, the tough physical events are behind us. The class must now focus on refining some military skills and studying for our final/Phase IV exam.
As mentioned in my last post, we started the week with a 10-mile hike with 65 pounds on our backs. While this was the longest hike we have done so far, it was not the hardest. Surprising to hear, right? It really helped that we received a full night’s rest and came off a semi-restful weekend. I am thankful for that.
This is not WOBC related, but is. Every Monday night MCCS hosts trivia night at The Hawk and includes free pizza and wings. It’s a great time of fun and free food. Well, this past Monday my team won for the first time! It wasn’t our best performance, but we pulled through and received $10 gift cards to Chick-Fil-A. That’s a win!
Tuesday was the Phase III exam and I am pleased to inform everyone that I passed. The grade was five percentage points higher than I thought it would be! Wednesday we ended up at the range again for a very, very long day. We woke up at 3:30am, boarded buses, then spent the whole day/night at the range. For logistical reasons, we stayed the night so the other half of the company could catch a ride to the range and we could get picked up. We ended up practicing maneuver attacks in the day and the night. This is inclusive of machine guns and rifles with many moving parts. The night shoot was cool to watch as a spectator since there were tracers flying everywhere. It’s nothing new, but it’s always cool to see.
The video below is the range we were on. It isn’t “super cool” but it could give you a general idea of what was going on.
Thursday we received some very relevant classes in the realm of administrative requirements of an officer. This includes awards and fitness reports. Friday was a weapons cleaning day primarily. I am thankful we were able to be released early in order to maximize our weekend and make up for the lack of time off last weekend.
Next week is scheduled to be one of our easier weeks. There are a lot of things going on, but most of it is remedial or makeup activities. If someone didn’t pass with the minimum score of an event, their next opportunity to attempt a higher score will be this coming week. What does that mean for everyone else? That means everyone else can take care of administrative things as we wind down our time here. We are going to also have guest speakers and classes this week. Again, not a very heavy week.
Our class has been blessed with favorable weather at pretty much all our events. God has been faithful in that. Thank you for your prayers throughout this WOBC journey so far. Please continue to pray for health, safety, and favorable weather. We are not free and clear just yet. There were some folks last year that made it this far and had to come back due to health or injury. I wish that upon no one.
If you want to come to graduation, just let me know. I can provide details. Until next time: Be strong. Love God. Love others.