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November 1st, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

While at NAS Pensacola for my flight physical, I got the chance to meet and talk to other prospective aviators. While none of us would admit to being scared of going to OCC (Officer Candidates Class), we all acknowledged our fears of being sent home. Not because of integrity, leadership, or attitude, but because of injury.

If you get hurt at OCC, you are put on “light duty” until you heal. If you aren’t healed within a few days or a week, you are sent packing. Most of the time, you can reapply to the program, and will be given another chance.

With OCC 191 only 82 days away, I feel a pressure to train myself to an unbreakable state. The only comfort I have is that I know I am not the only one who feels this way.

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  1. Randy
    November 3rd, 2005 at 18:19 | #1

    Only thing I can say man is don’t train so hard when you end up breaking yourself. Just do the proper stretching and you should be good. Good luck to ya!

  2. November 7th, 2005 at 09:28 | #2

    There’s a greater danger in over-training, as Randy said. If you can run three miles between 18-21 minutes, you should be fine. Build up distance first, then ease of the distance while you build up intensity, and then recombine – but no two consecutive days of speed work and give your body one day a week to heal.

    Good luck!

  3. Michael
    November 7th, 2005 at 09:34 | #3

    Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

  4. November 24th, 2005 at 10:05 | #4

    You should try to get your run time under 20 minutes. 21 Minutes will probably be the Slow group at OCS. Injury is the number one fear. The rest you either have or don’t.

    Not much you can do about injury except be in shape. Take your own supply of Vitamin M (Motrin). Report your injuries to Medical if you get any, but be prepared to just take the Vitamin M ans suck it up.

    Start running in boots if you haven’t yet. The trails at OCS can be hard on ankles. You need to be in shape and use to it so that you aren’t sucking wind and you have the wherewithall to pay attention and not trip.

    Good Luck and
    Semper Fi from Al Taqaddum

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