Chase said his first week was brutal. Lots of yelling. Lots of standing and waiting and being corrected for anything and everything. He and his roommate both were seriously questioning their decision. Thank goodness he had "Hubs" to lean on.
The COT class was one of the largest ever with over 300 people in it. They divided the class into three squadrons and within the squadrons they were divided up again by flights. Here's his squadron.
Each flight had 15 people in it. You did everything with your flight. Chase was in flight G or Golf.
You marched A LOT as a flight! (Chase is second back on your right)
You did PT (physical training) as a flight. Their PT started at 5AM, hence the reflectors. Yuck!
You had to complete tasks or "missions" as a flight.
You underwent a crazy obstacle course/ropes course as a flight. This one involved swinging, tight rope walking, and climbing a 40 foot wall in order to walk out on a skinny telephone pole 20 feet. They called it the "toothpick". Pretty crazy if you ask me. Chase was one of three that was able to climb the rock wall on their first try.
Chase lucked out and had an amazing flight. They won "Most Professional Flight" twice during COT.
The graduation events were nice since they were short and to the point (30 minute graduation...that's what I'm talking about!), but it was blazin' hot and everything was outside. The squadrons marched in front of the crowd and then took their oath again.
I am definitely glad I was able to see some of these things first hand and meet some of these great people. I definitely left Andrews Air Force base having a greater respect for the military and a deeper pride to be a part of something much, much bigger than me. These men and women truly bring honor to this nation!