1. Here is your DCC AMEDD packing list: http://sill-www.army.mil/30ADA/_docs...ing%20List.pdf
2. They will take you shopping at Clothing and Sales your first week at DCC to prepare you for BOLC. If you have an actual Clothing and Sales or base near you then you can start acquiring some of these items ahead of time. But do NOT just buy random items off Amazon
or other online retailers thinking they maybe the same or equivalent to what is approved for sale, as part of the authorized uniform in accordance with AR 670-1 (Army Regulation governing wear and appearance of the uniform).
3. Website for BOLC: http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/bolc/
4. Keys to successful military career:
a. Take care of the soldiers and NCO's that work for you. You oversee, supervise and care for them. YOU are their advocate. The harder you work at that role, the harder they will work for you. There are some things you cant protect them from, the Army has its way of doing things, that are often ass backwards and do not make sense. But otherwise you are mama bear for those who work for you.
b. You will meet some of the smartest people you have ever met in your life and some of the dumbest people you have ever met in your life. Very often the smart ones can end up working for you, and you can end up working for the idiots with two brain cells. Encourage the talented subordinates and keep your lips zipped about the idiots you work for. They might be idiots, but in the Army chain of command is everything.
c. Volunteer for EVERY school you can get into. Airborne, Air Assault, whatever. If there is a slot and they are looking for bodies to send, volunteer. Period. The right schools can lead to amazing new assignment possibilities (like being assigned to Special Forces or the 82nd if you get airborne school as a RN) and will increase the likelihood of promotion.
d. Be an active manager in your own career. Dont just bob along from assignment to assignment. Find a mentor. Someone who is smart, not cynical, is senior and knows what they are doing. Someone outside your immediate chain of command is preferable so they can act as an actual mentor. After getting a mentor about a year or so into your first assignment start talking to your branch manager, see what spots are open and available. Advocate for yourself. Dont just wait for whatever comes down the pipe.
For example most people dont know the Army runs a Special Forces cantonment area at Soto Cano Air Force Base in Honduras. Talk about a CUSH plum assignment. Wake up every morning to banana trees growing outside my front door, and spent the day playing water polo or sand volleyball.
But if you are going to stay in the Army and make a career out of it, than means playing the career politics game. That means being at the premier medical bases to get noticed (ie Fort Sam Houston or Walter Reed on the medical, or Fort Bragg if going tactical side of the house).
Have fun and good luck!