OCS Update

I attended my final Phase 0 drill for OCS this weekend. I passed my record APFT, so I’m good to go. I just have to survive Phase I now!

I did get fairly perturbed at one point during the drill, however. We were broken into teams of six to navigate the Leadership Development Course at Ft Leonard Wood. This is a sort of team-building obstacle course, and each of us was required to lead our six man team during the negotiation of one obstacle.

After the obstacle in which I was in charge–the first one we successfully navigated–one of the TACS approached our team and asked “Who provided most of the leadership during this obstacle?” I immediately responded, “I did, Sir.” The TAC then asked the rest of my team, and ONLY ONE PERSON raised his hand. After a few seconds, three more hands went up–but that was still only four of five.
I wasn’t given a chance to address this with my teammates, unfortunately. I would have liked to have asked them NOT to raise their hands. I provided the initial plan that got us successfully over the obstacle. I listened to other people’s ideas, and decided which ones to implement. I prevented people from working on their own without communicating with the team. I supervised, or assigned supervision, at each step. I utilized people according to abilities, and provided feedback and recognition where appropriate. If I didn’t provide most of the leadership, fine–but who did, and what did they do that I didn’t?

I did eventually ask the one guy who didn’t raise his hand at all. His answer was that he felt that when someone had a good idea, I should just let them run with it. I usually did approve good ideas, but just letting people work on their own isn’t leadership–so his real objection was that I was providing leadership, he just didn’t like my decisions.
Of course, reviews like that can still prevent me from getting commissioned.

Published by Little-Known Blogger

I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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