this is a message coming directly from the FOB:
I am presently at the June OBLC-RC down at FSH I have some suggestions for you all in order to be successful.
1.) start hydration at least a month before heading there.
2.) I would suggest going to a sauna to acclimate to the type of air conditions that are present. steamy and hot. It was `110 degrees yesterday with 100% humidity. your acu's stick to you like a second skin
3.) be prepared for the "Marriot" you will be sharing a room with another person, you have a twin size bed, microwave and a small fridge. The commissary and the shopettes have been useful.
4.) the food is carb, carb, carb..... there isnt really much protein served at all. I would suggest bringing a protein source.
5.) be prepared to "move it", we have been on our feet, we have been marching in "full battle rattle" (kevlar, LBE, ruck). endurance is key here. If it is warm in your area, get used to it now. as previous, the temps easily reach 100+ by noon.....people were being trucked off to BAMC by EMS for heat exhaustion
6.) make sure your boots are broken in. I have blisters on both my heels. tons of other soldiers have been seeking medical treatment for their feet.
List of things to bring
1.) duct tape and moleskin..... works well for "hotspots"
2.) baby wipes.....tons
3.) parachute cord..... makes a nice clothes line in your 20+ person tent at the FOB
4.) foot powder
5.) water flavoring packets
6.) sockts, tshirts, you wear your pt clothes to bed
7.) Camelbak is essential black or acu print only is allowed
8.) sunscreen, bug spray.
9.) well fitting boots
10.) protein.......you cannot bring food to the FOB but protein powder individually packed is ok.
11.) trial sizes of everything
12.) good attitude...... there are some slugs here (we are here w/ 350+ med students...... they do not integrate well with us at all "we're just reservists", however little do they realize we will deploy long before most of them get their legal license to practice. I've gotten to the point where I do not pay attention to it. and the guys are more friendly than the gals.
13.) you need to be ready to follow direction. even though the land nav a mile in each direction wide....people separatedc from their battle buddy and got lost. People that dont listen hold down the whole operation.
I hope this helps all preparing for OBC.