I have just received my 36 hour mid-cycle pass from OSUT. I am here to report a summary of some of my experiences so far, as well as help to inspire some of the future soldiers who may be reading this thread.
I am honored to say I was placed in an 11C Indirect Fire Company for OSUT. I also am pleased to report that I ran into a few people from these forums in both 30th AG and OSUT. One of which is Ryantyler from my mentor group. We are in the same company, and even though we are separated into different platoons he has been my battle buddy from the start. We have been watching each other's backs since the start and will continue to do so. He is a highly motivated stud and I am pleased to continue the mission with him.
OSUT has been extremely easy so far, as many before me have already reported. The PT is very weak. I have been sure to include plenty of supplementary workouts every day to preserve my fitness. I feel confident by the time I leave OSUT I will be scoring into the extended scale for PT. My only downside so far was a foot injury sustained during combatives which will not impede my progress. I will make sure it fully heals before Airborne and RASP and my motivation has not faltered. I look forward to graduating and continuing my task of earning the title of Airborne Ranger.
To the future soldiers reading this... Heed the Rangers' words very carefully when they dispense advice. Everything I am posting here has been echoed by the ones before me for the most part, and I will repeat them once again. It is very simple.
Be in the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform. Do the right thing. Integrity. There is no secrets to the military, especially IET. Just do what you are told and exceed standards. Like the Rangers here always say: Never quit! OSUT is laden with lazy, unmotivated individuals with the maturity of small children. Stay focused and patient, they are a passing nuisance. Ignore all the shenanigans, expect to be punished as part of the group for the mistakes of these individuals. I like to look at it as supplementary training; it is fun to get smoked.
My next report will be posted after Graduation.
"Mors certa, hora incerta."
Being afraid and being a coward are two entirely different matters.