Monday, April 14, 2008

BOLC II - Week 2 - Day 1

Back to the standard time for formations (0545, we do reville at 0600 then off to PT). This morning was good, ran to the 1 mile track, ran the first mile individually, sprinting 1/4 mile and then jogging in intervals. Then we did did 2 miles of "Last Man" (also called "Indian Runs", but we live in PC times) where you string out into a single column and then have the last man sprint to the front. Then we headed off to 0900 classes. Classes were on practical parts of our craft, unit tactics, handling prisoners (the demo was excellent) and other current information that was either presented or shared by the students. Following lunch we worked in platoons and squads on our movement techniques. Reacting to contact (how a squad handles encountering hostile forces and assualting if the situation is favorable), breaking contact (extricating a squad when it has run into hostiles that it cannot win against) and reacting to indirect fire (artillery or mortors). We of course used the Army standard in first doing each step slowly and explaining what needed to be done, then started to execute at a faster pace. Following that we had a couple of classes taught by the students on how to do certain tasks (setting up equipment, OPSEC, etc). We then passed out weapon cards and were done for the day(~1630).

4 comments:

Kristin said...

So are you learning anything that will apply to the non-military world? Handling prisoners? Breaking contact? Reacting to indirect fire? Just trying to relate...

Daniel said...

Its hard to relate this stuff to "real life".... Particularily this course since its all about the Army. The next course is more about communications (radio, satellite and computers) that is more relatable to the civilian world.

Kristin said...

It's interesting to read, even if I don't relate.

Greg said...

Halo?