Life of an AGBOLC Student

Greetings, blogosphere! Long time no see!

Since we last spoke, I returned back to Minnesota from Benning and re-branched from the Armor world to Adjutant General (AG). Ultimately this was the best course of action for my physical and mental well-being, and definitely more my speed. I transferred units to the 1-151 FA BN staff section where I am S1, and currently attending AGBOLC at Fort Jackson, SC. AGBOLC is 12 weeks long and we are 2/3 through the course, starting week 9 this week.

The past year or so has been pretty crazy. Between branch and unit transferring, I missed out on my opportunity to go to grad school to become a Pathologists’ Assistant this year, planning to attend University of Maryland-Baltimore in July. I wasn’t able to attend due to AGBOLC classes starting in the summer, but it’s probably for the best. I will be moving to Hawaii upon BOLC graduation (still drilling in Minnesota, though!) to live with my active duty fiancĂ©, Jake, stationed at Schofield Barracks. I decided to take up an online Master’s degree in Public Health through UAB that will begin in a few weeks, and hoping that once Jake and I return stateside I can look into the Uniformed Services University to become a doctor! I spent the greater part of my adult life telling myself I wasn’t smart enough to go to med school, but if I can hit grad school and the MCAT out of the park, I think I can make it happen.

AGBOLC has been a pretty decent experience so far–definitely very different from ABOLC. There are 31 officers in our class compared to ABOLC’s 70-some and we are lucky to have a class that is pretty evenly split between active duty, reserve, and National Guard Soldiers. The vast majority of the class were commissioned via ROTC, with only five of us being OCS grads and even fewer Green to Gold. I’m a firm believer that the relaxed aura of our class is a direct reflection of having zero West Point graduates. ABOLC was ~75-80% West Pointers and everything became a competition. It was rare to hear students encouraging one another, rather everyone felt the need to be #1 in the class. My AGBOLC classmates are the complete opposite; in general we are a very lax class, doing our best to accommodate and aid others. Maybe this comes with being non-combat arms, but this was definitely the right career change for me.

Our class began on June 16, and we are set to graduate on September 10. We finished up our first CAD week last week (to be discussed at a later date), and are going to begin gearing up for our CTE (culminating training exercise) in the near future. We were provided with our CTE OPORD two weeks ago and are separated into seven battalion or brigade level teams of four. CTE will take place the last week in August, bringing us up to our four day Labor Day weekend. The following week will be out-processing, and then graduation will be upon us!

I have nothing but glowing remarks for our class instructor. I truly believe we were blessed to have the best and most experienced instructor in the AGBOLC core. Upcoming details on week-to-week activities, living accommodations, and everything AGBOLC coming soon!