New AFROTC Cadet Entering FTP This Spring

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  1. aces_high

    aces_high New Member

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    Here's my situation, I'm entering the Air Force ROTC program this semester and will be enrolled in FTP.

    I talked with the cadre last semester and was able to get caught up in both the AS100 and AS200 academic classes. Unfortunately they wouldn't allow me to take part in PT or Lead Lab during the fall, so I'm going to have to catch up on all of that this semester.

    Even though I haven't worked out with the other cadets, I've managed to work out a couple times a week, mostly cardio. My cumulative GPA is 3.89, so that should help me. How do my chances look as far as getting a slot at Field Training this summer? Also, are there any things I can learn now so that FTP won't be quite so brutal?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pima

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    People can tell you and teach everything, but it is still going to be brutal, they exist to make it brutal.

    Seriously living in tents in Alabama in July/Aug is not fun and nothing can prepare you for that! That alone amps up how you will be feeling because now you are an ABUs in 100 degree heat with 95% humidity doing push ups at 6 a.m.


    Nobody is happy at FT.

    The only thing that anyone can suggest to you is that you need to play the mind game of NOBODY has ever died at FT, thousands before me made it through AND this too will pass. Kind of like what your Mom said when she was in labor with you!:shake:
     
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    Thank you for the encouragement. So far FTP has been rough for me. Yesterday was my first FTP PT session, and I lasted about 40 minutes before I threw up and passed out. Tomorrow will be my first lead lab, and will also be the first time I'll wear uniforms or drill, so that will probably be another intense day, especially since I'll be getting yelled at by POC the whole time :biggrin:

    I find it very easy to get discouraged coming into the program so late like this. A lot of the time I feel like I'm slowing everybody down because I know so little. But I'm going to keep going and give it my best shot.
     
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    Remember the reason they yell is to discourage. If you eat it and correct your issues, they will respect you.

    Their intention is to break you and re-build you.

    They expect you to not be perfect, it is how you address their criticism that matters more than what they criticized you for.

    Just remember It Is Not Personal, It Is Business.
     

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