Quote from Cajun9479
Wow, great to hear you made it Gen!!! I have been reading your posts and learning so much from them. Thanks for all the effort you have put into this site!
I just recieved word that I passed boards, MEPS and everything else; and I am swearing in tomorrow. VERY excited to see that I am clear to go. I graduate in December and then after NCLEX I'll be there as soon as I can!
This site has been so very helpful to me, (I am glad to share my own information too, in order to keep the goodness going!)
The only time for certain that I found out my post assignment was the same day I found out that I had to "hit the road" or else I'd loose it! That was July 20th and I had to report on July 23rd. However that was due to my recruiter not forwarding my official orders which were cut on July 9th. I did see my name listed unofficially as being to BAMC at FSH though about three to four months prior, (while still in school). I love it here at FSH and San Antonio and am so glad to have gotten this as my first post. I've heard great things about many places too though and know that I'll likely be at one of them next! That is...after deployment. There are no bones about deploying, just the disclaimer that they will indeed wait until you've got worthy clinical bedside experience.
The folks on here who told me to have four complete pairs of ACU's were spot on. Some soldiers didn't have four but, when we were in the field I was GLAD to have them. Some days it rained, some days it was HOT and well, if you are going to be at OBC during the summer months of August/September I'd recommend having four pairs.
Good to have are two pairs of boots too. For me the standard issue desert combat boot is just fine, (the best for my high arched and regular width foot). You need to try on the boots that fit your feet and have them broken in. There were a few people who had such bad blisters that they were profiled.
I recommend that if you are not a runner now, to begin gradually as well as work on the PT for the test, (sit ups, push ups and the run).
Also good to have:
thorlo boot socks
powder mixes to add to bottled water
protein/carb snack bars of your choice
appropriate color back pack, (black or ACU with NO writing on it)
Meanwhile for now, I gotta git for Nurse track! HOOAH,
p.s. thanks for the kind words Cajun, I look forward to reading about your success!