Days until Nick is officially a Candidate Officer (Candio)/Days until I’m in Newport, RI.
These past couple of weeks have been CRAZY! I can’t believe Nick has already been at OCS for over 4 and half weeks! Only a month and a half left to go! I can do this!
He got email privileges last week so things have been so much easier. They had their big drill competition today and did great! The DI and class officers even told them they were proud of them 😮 (apparently that’s uncommon)! Next week they have another inspection, but Nick says that they’re in more of a routine now, they get to pick their own food, and they can eat however they want! Lots of studying, PT, and prep for inspections! In 25 days when he reaches the Candio phase he’ll have an actual job in the regiment and be able to have his cell phone!
I’m at camp until August 10th so time is flying while I’m here! Our family and friends have been so wonderful during this time and we both want everyone to know how blessed we are to have such wonderful people around us! We are two very lucky people!
PS: 93 days until the BIG DAY!
Yes, I know OCS is 12 weeks long, but I get to go to Newport a couple days before Nick graduates, that’s where the half week is coming in. The countdown is currently at 65 days. Wow. It’s flying by!! We spent our first of 3 anniversaries apart last week. I know it won’t be the last, but it’s still pretty hard. Some days are fine, other days really suck. But that’s just how it goes right?
I’m currently waiting on my flight to head to Camp Waldemar for a month 🙂 I’d love letters, packages, cards, pretty much anything:
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Here is what this week will look like for Nick. Check out the video at the end. This is how they eat at every meal until Candio phase (weeks 9-12). It’s called “Eating by the numbers”!
Week 3 is a pretty busy week. You’ll be starting your academics. Each academic class is 2 weeks long with a quiz at the end of the first week and a test at the end of the second week. The first academic class is SeaPower, which is the history of the Navy. This was the hardest class for me, even though I like history. The way it was taught was not very interesting and it was nearly impossible to stay awake (that’s the biggest problem most people have in academics).You will also be getting ready for the Room, Locker, and Personnel inspection (RLP). This is the single biggest/most intense event. Basically, you’ll have your room set up perfectly, and when the inspectors come in, they will be quizzing you on knowledge and RPTing (Remedial Physical Training) you while they tear apart your room. The biggest thing to remember for this is that its a military bearing test. Keep your bearing and you’ll do fine. On top of that, you’ll continue to learn and practice drill. You also start standing watch in week 3. Junior classes usually stand Rover. Watches are 24/7 with the exception of academic hours (M-F 07-17). Once you become a Candio, you will start standing OOD and Duty Driver watches as well.
Eating by the numbers. Navy OCS: http://youtu.be/1cJ8CioYeuw