That course was a beast! The projected workload was nothing close to real-world expectations. The best tips I can give is to put 100% into the experience, regardless of your assigned role; pay attention to detailed instructions in terms of commander’s guidance. Lastly, get after the “free chicken” early so it’s out of the way—i.e., the quiz for each ADL, Blackboard posting, and so on.
I tried the correspondence first. Just need to focus. I then switched for the reserve component two weeks at Dix, then 8 months of battle assemblies and phase 3 two weeks at Dix. AOC was something more painful. If you can get the full 8 month in residence you will get CGSC, and AOC. I can say without question having others in the class will help as each bring something to the table.
I was lucky to have a very good instructor (Mr Hardy). I had two CTC rotations and a lot of TDY and he was very understanding when I was out for a few weeks. Like many other courses there are the four or five that will do a lot of the work and others that just ride along. Hit the papers early (there are four due during the course) so you dont get crushed near the end of the course.
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