Posted on Nov 30, 2018
2LT Platoon Leader
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Also, any advice for pursuing dive school during BOLC? I will go to first possible class date after May 2019. I am an active duty MP E-5, in the "active duty option green to gold" program. I was just informed I have been branched Engineer (my top pick). I am a certified diver in the civilian world as hobby.
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You could try to get familiar with some helpful fm’s like 3-34, would be a good start. Bridging, demolitions, engineer support to stability and dsca operations, maybe task force engineer, would be some good read-ahead areas I’d look at if I were you.
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As far as EBOLC:
Run and ruck beforehand. You will complete a timed 5 mile run and 12 mile ruck march, both of which feed into your OML. Academic tests are all open book, just make sure to take good notes and brush up on your math skills for Demo, bridging, vertical, and horizontal. You will also have to prepare and brief an OPORD for a grade (done indoors on a sand table with almost no prior prep), volunteer to go earlier if you can. The later OPORDs can easily exceed 15 pages (they are tied to the current academic phase).
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2LT Platoon Leader
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Sir,

This is great advice, thank you. I've had two buddies just graduate EBOLC. I'm getting advice from everyone I can. Whats the 5/12 mi ruck required time? The open-book policy just made my day.

Could you give me some hints/pointers on the basic math skills I should review? I learn math decently quick, but I will always over-prepare for this type of training. Anything helps, much thanks.
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The ruck max time limit is 3 hours, can't remember exactly what the max 5-mile run time was. OML points were given on a sliding scale, the better your time the more points you received.

The math was fairly basic. Make sure you are comfortable working with decimal numbers and fractions (as well as converting back and forth between the two). I would also recommend purchasing a basic scientific calculator prior to getting to FLW (if you don't already have one) and become familiar with its operation.
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CPT Ray Gilmore
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I believe there is 1 Platoon, and they are salvage divers; not combat divers.

I ran Pre-Ranger & Pre-Sapper at FLW for the ECCC & E-BOLC ~2006 & ~2002....

The only place I saw guys doing dive course prep was at 6th RTB as a Med Recycle..... but never in an engineer unit.
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Sir,

Much thanks for the speedy response. An engineer CPT and a friend of mine are putting in a good word for me at FLW for the dive-tryouts, which only happen once a year during the duration of my EBOLC class. I am training and keeping EBOLC academics in mind, while tailoring my PT for Sapper/Dive fitness.
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