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WhiskeyRiver
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Rangers,

In a couple of days, I will be reporting in to IOBC. Among my friends and peers who commissioned at the same time as myself, and who branched Infantry, I have the earliest report day. We are also pretty much clueless (insert 2LT joke here) as to what to expect. Officers to talk to were a bit scarce, and didn't have a lot of advice for us. The PL milspace forum pertaining to Infantry seemed to have more requests for assignment swaps than anything else. Even the IBOLC website was a bit scant on information.

Since I'm the first of my social circle to get thrown to the proverbial wolves, we all agreed that I should keep everyone else updated on what to expect. So, I've decided to keep a journal online tracking my experiences. Not only do I plan on detailing daily activities (PT schedule, training, etc.), but I'll be offering my own observations and lessons learned. You can find the journal here - http://bolcjournal.blogspot.com/

As of now, I only have one post, describing what I'm doing to prepare. Once I report in next week, I will be posting daily, as my training schedule permits. Any advice, critiques, comments, etc. are more than welcome. I have thick skin.

Hopefully someone here will find use for this - if so, I've done my job. Enjoy.

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Awesome plan...have fun
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WhiskeyRiver wrote:We are also pretty much clueless (insert 2LT joke here)
That'll never change.
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It sounds very interesting, I'm curious to hear your experiances.

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One suggestion I would make, recalling back when I worked at IOBC:

Don't stop a patrol to take a personal call on a cell phone.
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Lunch wrote:One suggestion I would make, recalling back when I worked at IOBC:

Don't stop a patrol to take a personal call on a cell phone.
When you put it like that, you make it sound like it is something bad
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Well, that was the early '90's...









back when it was hard.

Damn its hard to type that with a straight face.
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Baseplate wrote:
Lunch wrote:One suggestion I would make, recalling back when I worked at IOBC:

Don't stop a patrol to take a personal call on a cell phone.
When you put it like that, you make it sound like it is something bad

Hard to hide those damn things back then!
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Lunch wrote:One suggestion I would make, recalling back when I worked at IOBC:

Don't stop a patrol to take a personal call on a cell phone.
Well, it's a technique
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Give or take a week, 28 years ago, I was on the road from Virginia, through the moutains of West Virginia with the final destination of Ft Knox, KY for AOBC. Like you, I was unsure what laid ahead. Back then there was no internet to even try to gain intel.

I tell you this, you certainly seem to have yourself squared away. i enjoyed reading your blog and can identify with a lot of what you wrote even though it was 28 years ago. You are about to start the adventure of a lifetime. Just take it as it comes and you will do just great.

Oh yeah.....if you get an overwhelming urge to put your boot up a Foreign (Egyption in my case) Officer's ass verbally, who is a Captain and a fellow student, because he decides he is too good to do some things; think twice about it instead of simply once like me. BTDT :lol:

If you have time, keep up the blog.
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Great idea, I leave for IBOLC in April so I have bookmarked your blog. Hopefully you'll have enough free time to post regularly.

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What's funny about that, Zone, is that 11 years ago I too got into it with an Egyptian officer who was too good to hump a ruck. I pride myself on my lack of temper, but I lost it on that POS. The cadre just sat and watched, quite bemused.

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funny, I used to think the Israelis were all kinds of bad-assed, until I saw what they were up against.


now, I have no idea how good they really are. :wink:
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PocketKings wrote:The cadre just sat and watched, quite bemused.
In my case, the cadre did not witness the event but certainly got an earful from this Egyptian Captain....."he must be punished". Another 2LT and myself got stuck on a tank crew with two Egyptian Officers (CPT & 1LT) for the duration of the course. Dealing with the heavy work that must be done on a tank does take a "crew". Well these two thought any work was beneath them and just sat back and smoked their cigarettes watching the remaining two of us on the crew do all the work. Then there were cases that the moment we got back in from the field and about to do post-op maintenance, they would pull the "we must go pray" excuse to get out of work. Actually this excuse was just as effective as a woman saying "I'm having woman problems" to get out of work. No one ever questions either statement and they are always released. We did have a Saudi Major in the class who did contribute as a part of the crew.

I got fed up with the situation one evening on the wash racks and let my feelings be known to this Captain in a not so diplomatic fashion. Next thing I knew I had assorted Field Grades (MAJ - COL) coming up and circling around me asking what happened. Over the next hour I did start to pucker a little with all this attention. I just kept on hearing this livid Egyptian Captain yelling to others over and over again "he must be punished".

The bottom line is that nothing ever happened to me however what is hilarious is that these Egyptians must have gotten an attitude adjustment from their Chain of Command because the next time we were out on tanks, they were some hard working SOBs. You couldn't tell them to "take a break, I'll take over". You would just get waved off with a "we're okay". You could not fight a wash rack hose from them if you tried. They must have really gotten jacked up. Our AOBC class advisor (an Aggie) would eventually get assigned to the same unit I was in over in FRG and he would tell the tale of the night that I caused an international incident of sorts to the other Battalion Officers. The way he told it (in a way only a texan can manage) was absolutely hilarious but it was not fun being in my shoes that particular night it happened.

In the Armor School hallways you would see Egyptian and Israeli Officers milling around but never together. We often wondered if a rumble would ever start..... :lol:
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We had a Croat guy who was the exact opposite. This was '99, so very few of our instructors had combat time.

Instructor asks the class 'who here thinks they can set up a good ambush?'

Croat 'Eddie' raises his hand.

Instructor (laughing), 'OK hero, what makes you think that?'

Eddie goes on to explain in detail the U shaped ambush he led (his guys were on the third floor of a military complex with perfect plunging fire) using artillery to walk the opposing company towards them. This was a retalitatory strike for a hit the Serbs had done on his unit months before, killing 20+. Eddie's ambush wiped out the Serb company (80+).

His reward was to get to come to America to train with US soldiers when the conflict died down. In his country, you get 2 years of service towards retirement for every 1 year in combat. He was in combat from 1991-1995. This was 1999, so he had only 8 years to retire at the age of 34.
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