Thank you everyone for your replies.
@ sa[RN]ah & mmcgorrian, Drill has been going well. I started out with the usual in-processing frustrations (pay, DEERS, ATTRS enrollment, BOLC, AKO access, etc). There are always some issues to contend with when coming in...because it seems that whatever form that you filled out for the recruiter either wasn't sent, wasn't good enough, or was lost. ALWAYS keep a copy of your stuff with you (e.g. contract, orders, oath of office, etc...).
I've been to two drills and, honestly, I haven't done much. I was able to do quite a bit of work on my online correspondence coursework for the new Phase I of BOLC (taught entirely online) during the drill weekend. Simply put, I'm not really a contributing member of the unit until I go to BOLC anyway...so they've given me some freedom to work on that coursework.
The coursework itself is quite extensive (80+ hrs) and it took up a significant portion of my time. But, I got it done in record time and am trying to work with my training NCO to get a slot for Phase 2 in August. I registered myself by logging into AKO (using CAC card), then going to My Education, then to the ATRRS site. You will have to initially log into ATRRS with your CAC card card to register and sign up for the course. But once you've done that initially, every time after that you can login with a username/password. It was easy to sign up...yet difficult to figure out how to navigate through the courses. Make sure you do the introduction and instruction modules, then begin with Module A...then move through them sequentially. Once the course is complete, make sure you print out your completion certificate (you'll need this to give to your unit's training NCO so he/she can get you a slot to Phase 2).
@ New1LT: I did get HIV testing done at MEPS, but they would not release these records to my unit (for whatever reason). So I was told I'd either need to get them done elsewhere or see about getting them done at Phase 2 of BOLC. I hope they're accessible while at BOLC. I could not find them in my iPerms...so I guess we'll see. Did you go in as a reservists?
I'm also prior service, so I won't have any difficulty with the fundamental knowledge, D&C, or anything basic. BOLC should be a walk in the park compared to Basic Training I went through as a Private...all those years ago (Circa '95).
@ Cursed Irishman: We (RESERVISTS) are forced to make weight and pass a APFT upon arrival (as far as I have been told). I was told that if we didn't, we weren't allowed to enter Phase 2. Does anyone have anything different? I know that Active Duty don't have to, but that's not my situation. Thanks about the info. I'll definitely make a trip out to the Cove. It sounds like that's the place to go. I'm assuming that the BOLC experience may be different for reservists and might not be the college-party that the Active Duty officers enjoy...but wouldn't that be a pleasant surprise?
Oh well, I'll just do what I can to make things work when I get there. I guess I'll drive. Even though I'm not looking forward to the several-day car drive.
If anyone else has any experience relating to the recent shortcourse, that would be helpful.