Sorry it has taken me this long to make a new post. Everything has been super hectic but i am determined to keep this blog updated as much as i can and therefore i promise to find the time to do so.
So as i mentioned in my last post, i met with the OSO (officer selection officer). We met on campus and we basically just wanted to touch base with me and see what i was about. We spoke about what has happened from the last time i got selected for PLC to now and he basically told me that he felt like i was ready to apply again. He emailed me the application which consists of you listing some references, writing a short essay on why you want to become a Marines Corps Officer, writing down any traffic violations you’ve had, listing your work experience, etc. He then told me that there was an upcoming PFT (personal fitness test) and he wanted me to start preparing for that.
I had 10 days to prepare for the PFT which caught me a little off guard but looking back at it now, i really shouldn’t have been surprised since that’s also what happened last time. I did not train for the Flex arm hang or the crunches because i felt like i could max them out again and so i focused mainly on the running. I download an App for my cell phone which helped me keep track of the running i did (how many miles, average mile time, etc). I found the app to be extremely useful and would definitely recommend it.
I met alot of great people at the PFT, some who are headed to OCS this summer, some who have graduated from PLC and are waiting to get commissioned and others that are going back this summer to finish up their second half of PLC. I would love to interview some of them and post it on here because i truly want to see what these people are all about. What motivates them? what makes them want to go after this?
After the PFT we moved on to the “O-course” Marine Corps obstacle course. I am not great at explaining what it is but here are two great links:
1) This is one i loved because it was from the Maritime Obstacle Course and i loved the way it was filmed (you will see what i mean)
2) This one to motivate all you females who may be reading this! These women do this as part of their crossfit competitions but it just goes to show that women can do it too.
I must say that i absolutely LOVE the O Course,it is ALOT more difficult than it looks but as with anything else, it just takes practice. I have to admit though that this was a time when being shorter than alot of the men (i am 5’4) really makes a difference. My upper body took alot of hits but there are other short men in the military so being short shouldn’t stop you from doing this.
This is what i mean by my upper body taking alot of hits lol :
The next step now is to go get my physical, I was told i might not have to go back to MEPS but we will see what happens.
Well that is all for today, if you guys have any questions please feel free to contact me. I will be adding more info to this post during the week but i think this is a good start