At 0515 the 185thJAOBC class fell in for an accountability formation at the running track. Sounds early, right? Well, it is. Nonetheless, there we were ready for PT instruction.
The cadre led us through instruction on Physical Readiness Training (PRT) as that is the new Army system. We still take the PT (physical training) test that has been around for the last 28 years, but our preparation has changed.
There are specific warm-up exercises, exercises, and cool-down exercises and movements, positions and cadence for most of them. We are learning them all so that we can begin to exercise together, as a group in unison – just like real soldiers do.
The remainder of the day was filled with paperwork regarding finance, in-processing, SGLI (life insurance), medical, and the all important transportation briefing. The Transportation briefing is extremely important to Active Duty JAGs and to any JAG who wants to receive reimbursement for Do-IT-Yourself (DITY) moves.
We received more instruction on PT, as well as instruction on customs & courtesies and also the proper wear and appearance of Army uniforms.
As though who have preceded me have articulated, it is often a lot of information in a short amount of time. Whether you term it “Death by Powerpoint” or “Drinking from a Firehose”, it is a lot to take in. For those following the 185th in the future – please pay attention and stay awake. You don’t want to be the person who falls asleep. The cadre doesn’t like that and you will hear about it.
The uniform of the day was APFU again, as it will be again for at least one more day. Everyone is working to get their ACU and ASU together so we can start wearing ACU as the uniform of the day and have the ASU ready for use in week three at Charlottesville. For some we brought it all with us, for others they only had one APFU to start with (as required) and are hunting for everything else. It’s a personal choice on the part of the class member, but the more you bring the less you have to hunt around for when others are doing the same thing.
Some stats on the class – we have ages ranging from 25 to 52. We have 1LTs, CPTs, and even a couple MAJs. The class has former Navy, Army and Marines. Many class members have Privately Owned Vehicles (POVs) here so those who don’t can easily catch rides when necessary. There are a number of married class members, as well as a number of parents. Regardless of where you come from or what your background is; you are likely not alone. In fact, everyone shares the same goal and we all volunteered to serve. Because of that shared goal and sacrifice there is a lot of bonding going on.