Tales from the Inside: Week 2

And thus week two comes to an end.

This week actually had a lot going on. It started off turning in our first paper on Sunday. This was our first major assignment. We were given the option of picking from a variety of topics. I chose to write mine on GPS. The hardest part was actually trying to find sources to back up things I already new. But I got it done. I should find out how well I did tomorrow. If anything gets me it’ll be the formatting. Air Force writing is extremely different from normal person writing. This paper was essentially just bullet points. This week I get to turn it into a presentation. Which should be fairly simple. When we first got there the instructors kept talking about the intensity of the workload, that it was like cramming an entire college semester into eight weeks, which, to those of us who went to WPI, is laughable. I chalk up my time there to my not feeling completely overwhelmed by everything here. Though for the most part most people don’t seem too overwhelmed.

Thursday we had our first test on everything we’ve learned up to this point. I only missed three earning me a 95% which I’m happy with. Our next one is this Friday. Which I find interesting because we don’t have too many lessons left. Most of the academics look like they’ll wrap up this week and next week. After that there will be a paper and a couple briefings towards the end of the month. Then we’ll have a lot more field exercises.

Speaking of which we had the LRC (Leader Reaction Course) on Thursday as well. What that is is a series of different obstacles with different scenarios. Team members take turns being team leader. You’re graded on how well you perform as the leader. I passed, but could have done better. It didn’t help that I was first in our team. After the first couple rounds you start to get a feeling of exactly what it is they’re looking for. But it’s all a learning experience and there will be other opportunities.

Sunday our squadron ran a 5k because our commander decided that was a better idea than watching the superbowl. It was actually a lot of fun and everyone got into it which amped up the energy. I have a feeling we’ll be doing a lot more of those over the next couple weeks. He said he wanted us to eventually run the flightline which is 6.5 miles long. It won’t be a problem for me, but there are some people here for whom that 5k was the farthest they’ve ever run.

Anyway, that’s pretty much what happened for Week Two. Tune in next week for a presentation and another exam!

Author: Jonathan Rodriguez-Lucas

I've traveled the world, but the exploration never ends. I've run marathons, but the race is far from over. I've completed life goals, but strive for more. I have questions with no answers, and answers to questions I've yet to ask.

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