Wednesday, October 29, 2008

There's Strong, then there's Army Strong... and then there's Blake

Guess what...I'm joining the Army! With all this talk about a baby I'll bet you all never saw that one coming. On Feb 4, 2009 I will be entering Basic Combat Training (BCT) also known as boot camp at Fort Jackson South Carolina. BCT will last 9 weeks and 4 days. On April 27, 2009 I will be entering Officers Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Bennington Georgia. OCS will last 12 weeks. Upon completion of OCS I will be the lowest ranking officer, a second lieutenant. Because I'm going to be going in as an officer opposed to a regular enlisted soldier I don't get the luxury of picking my profession. Once I complete OCS I will begin my commission with a 3 year commitment to active duty followed by 5 years as a reservist. Go Army!


MegiJones said...

Wow Blake...that's quite a decision. I wish you the best and of course I have a deep admiration for all who serve our country. Good luck with everything. Maybe we'll get to see you at Christmas this year.

Susan said...

Wow, I know we have been talking about this for a while, but to see it in print really hit me. So many people at work said, 'please tell him thank you for us'. They are so proud and grateful for your service. Dad & I know it has been a joint decision all the way – we love you both very much.


Stephen said...

Congratulations, son. I know you will make a great officer. You know how I always want to know more. What career paths did you end up applying for? Is there a website where we can get more infoormation on BCT and OCS? Call when you get a chance.


Anonymous said...

Hey brother! I went to boot camp at Fort Jackson as well! They called it the vacation station as it was one of the better places for the new soldier. Prepare to be very sick of sand and ants. I remember leaving that place thinking I never wanted to see either of those things ever again!

You will do fantastic in the service.

Rinez said...

Good for you, Blake! Thank you for your upcoming service. This is certainly a life-changing decision and you will bless the lives of all those around you no matter where you serve. We are right proud of you both!