Happy Independence Day! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, and one that I believe unites all Americans.
It also reminds me of becoming a Commissioned Officer. I was in OBC class 81 which took place during the 4th of July. It's no wonder our class battle cry was, "Boom, born on the 4th of July!"
OBC was a one of my favorite experiences of being a Corps officer. It brought together officers from all disciplines to be trained for a common cause. The camaraderie makes you feel part of something bigger than yourself.
Interestingly, the very first OBC class was in 2007. After 2008, all new calls to active duty were required to attend the two-week course. Prior to this, OBC was the Basic Officer Training Course (BOTC). It was just a two day course and was optional.
There is no doubt that OBC is critical for officer development. I wonder what training officers received through the decades since 1889. Was there officer training through the World Wars and beyond?
If you know more history on BOTC, OBC, etc., please comment!
"Be PHS Proud!!!"