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#1 Tubbypants

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 14:20

Good afternoon VR,

Several of us on the forum have just completed the 7 week WOCS course at Fort Rucker. We were class 17-02. I am and I'm sure the other from my class will be more than happy to answer your questions about the course.
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 14:30

Can you post an updated timeline? I've read online that some things have been changed. Are WOCS and WOBC combined?

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 15:00

WOCS and WOBC are separate. You will go to WOBC after completing WOCS.

First there is a new WOCSOP.

After you complete basic or transfer from your unit you be put in HHC for several days. During this time you will take the intial APFT, be issued your equipment from CIF, and receive several briefings for orientation. Eventually your class will be picked up on day zero by your TAC officers. For the 7 week course, the first 2 weeks of the course will will be in white phase were you will take two exams and do a 5k ruck march. Also during this time you will be under close supervision by the TAC officers. Once you have completed the first phase you will become gray class. Responsibility will transfer mainly to your class leadership. The will be responsible for making sure that the class is where it needs to be at all times. During the week before the FLX your class should receive their class colors. The FLX happens week 5 or week 3 depend on if you are a 7 or 5 week course. The FLX is the best part of the course. You will do the LRC and land Nav during this time. The rest of the time you rotate various position in your small groups from running the TOC, being the main force, QRF, or OPFOR. The week after the FLX, you will begin turning in equipment, take your final APFT, taking your last classes, and preparing for graduation the next week. Graduation week you will do the class song, victory run, final run, final exam, and finally graduation.

A typical day looks as follows:

0500-0507 Wake up, shave, brush teeth, and make bed
0507-0645 PRT
0645-0705 personal hygiene and common area clean
0705-0800 breakfast
0800-1150 Academics
1150-1230 Lunch
1230-1345 Small groups
1345-1650 Academics
1650-1800 Briefs
1800-1845 Dinner
1845-2000 Briefs
2000-2100 common area clean up
2100-2200 mandatory study time
2200-2245 personal time
2245 lights out
*schedule subject to change based on phase and privileges.
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 15:09

Is it a professional/gentleman's course or is this like an extension of boot? I assume there is no liberty? Phone/computer access? Squad-bays or individidual rooms?

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 15:24

They are in the process of turning it more onto a gentlemen's course. We weren't able to have our phone for a week and a half. When we did it was for 30 minstrel on Wednesday and Saturday, and an hour for Sunday. Your car is locked up the whole time. You will be able to started for a bit on Sunday. The rooms will be 3 people rooms. One individual bed and one bunk bed. At fist the course will feel like you are back at basic, but it get better as you go along.
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 15:27

If(hopefully) and when I go I will be about 10 years removed from Boot Camp (USMC -2008) and 4 years removed from the military. Any "skills" from boot you are expected to remember. Basic drill movements I imagine, land nav, etc? 

 

Beyond the standard APFT, how much should one be running/hiking prior to arriving? 

 

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 15:32

You will be tested in drill and ceremony. Land Nav is a required part to graduate. It is over 6 square kilometers but you will be allowed to use the road and yes use the roads. They will give you a photographic map with grids and a military map. Most of us didn't even use the military map. There is no rifle qualification.
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 18:08

Nice write up Tubs!

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Posted 04 December 2016 - 18:26

Thanks, see you after PTDY.
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Posted 04 December 2016 - 22:39

I love you Tubbypants
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Posted 05 December 2016 - 22:12

Headed into the March 7 week course.  What's the timeline like on stenciling?  Do they give you time to knock it out during the down time in HHC?



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Posted 05 December 2016 - 22:14

Headed into the March 7 week course.  What's the timeline like on stenciling?  Do they give you time to knock it out during the down time in HHC?


You have plenty of time to stencil. Honestly, that should be the least of your concerns.
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Posted 06 December 2016 - 14:12

You have plenty of time to stencil. Honestly, that should be the least of your concerns.


Just saw you and wanted to say you're super handsome. That is all.
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Posted 08 December 2016 - 13:57

Hi tubbypants. Thanks for the great write up.

How difficult are the written exams? What are some of the topics covered in all the academics?

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 19:18

It's all multiple guess. Some are definitions and some are scenario based. Some of the topics that are covered are military history, leadership, army organization. It's not too hard. You will have plenty of time to study and no one in our class failed any academic exams.
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Posted 09 December 2016 - 01:27

Got my WOCS date of May 11. Wife and daughter are staying with family. Will have a son born early June during WOCS. Household goods will ship from from Alaska once I graduate (I'm street to seat). When family comes down for graduation can they stay in TLF housing of some sorts while we wait for our stuff to come and get a house on base for WOFT? Wondering how to make it so they can can stay at Rucker (hopefully with me) upon my graduation even when all our stuff isn't here yet so they don't have to go back home with family and then make another trip. Any wisdom or insight from anyone as to how this works after WOCS?

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:31

Flight school is a PCS move so you will be able to move your family and either get a house on or off post as soon as you finish WOCS.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 10:36

Once you complete WOCS, B co(flight school) will allow you to take 10 day PTDY (charge free). Most of us took the leave. The military will reimburse your hotels for the days.

You can also go to the fort rucker housing website and apply for housing once you have orders for Fort rucker. Several of us applied when we were in hold over and were placed on a waiting list. During the last week of WOCS our TAC officers allow us to call housing to finish getting our houses.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 11:31

Once you complete WOCS, B co(flight school) will allow you to take 10 day PTDY (charge free). Most of us took the leave. The military will reimburse your hotels for the days.

You can also go to the fort rucker housing website and apply for housing once you have orders for Fort rucker. Several of us applied when we were in hold over and were placed on a waiting list. During the last week of WOCS our TAC officers allow us to call housing to finish getting our houses.


Like Tubby said, I applied before WOCS started and my house was ready to move in the day after we graduated.

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Posted 09 December 2016 - 14:18

What are the housing options like for Guard guys that get it set up so they aren't stuck in any bubbles (IE go home between classes). Is it just extended stay hotels? On base housing? Anything furnished?

 

I'm just imagining it's not worth the PITA to move furniture and stuff from MA down to AL for 12-18 months, when I own a house up here I will be staying at at least during the holidays and stuff. I'm still a ways out though.

 

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