Alright West Point gals, this post is written for YOU! I know that life after West Point can be daunting but I am here to help you out and see if I can ease some of the nerves that come with graduation. I know I was curious what BOLC would be like or how I would make friends, how living in a hotel for 4-6 months would be, how I would cook in a hotel…all the questions were overwhelming.
I think the big question for most girls is what BOLC is like? For those who are reading for fun, BOLC stands for Basic Officer Leadership Course. Hunter went into Field Artillery so his BOLC was in Ft. Sill, OK and lasted 6 months!
Living in a hotel was interesting but we made the best of it! It was fun in the way that it’s the first time you get to live with your husband or fiancé! I loved it and it is the best feeling after all the LDR! I would advise looking up instant pot recipes and start getting familiar with the ASAP! Instapots are your friends. We also had a blender and a mini grill which helped a lot! The hotel we stayed in had a microwave, a mini fridge and an induction stove. Our hotel apartment had a kitchen area so that was great but it definitely isn’t a full kitchen so be aware of that.
Some advice for you girls, make friends with the other spouses. You are all in the same boat and experiencing the same thing. I made a couple friends that I already miss like crazy and one that I plan on visiting this July to celebrate her baby boy being born!!!
Every base has a gym with group classes free to spouses and they were super fun at Ft. Sill, so grab a workout buddy and look into that if you like exercising!
ALSO look what there is to do in the area. Nothing against Ft. Sill, but there is not a lot to do in the area. I think every post is what you make it and I truly enjoyed OK because I decided to meet people and made an effort to enjoy myself. Hunter and I went to Turner Falls, Oklahoma City, and Dallas, TX.
I was only at BOLC with Hunter for a few months because my junior year of college began and I needed to go back, so I left late September. I visited for Thanksgiving and then he drove to Washington in early December. Lots of you are trying to figure out whether to stay or go or whether to go for a few months…if you want any advice or have any questions about how we made it work I would be more than happy to try and help! I know that there is a lot to think about with jobs, the ordeal of moving then PCSing again within a couple months, school, family, etc. 🤪 Just know it will all work out in the end!
If you ladies (or men) have any questions feel free to message me! I know it is a crazy time and it was helpful to have other ladies to get advice from. To be honest they’re still giving me advice so thank you to my little army family 🙌🏼