Month: June 2017

10 Tips for Attending a COT Graduation

The past couple days the family and I went down to Maxwell Air Force Base to celebrate Jacob’s graduation from Commissioned Officer’s Training, or COT.  This is training for non-line officers like chaplains, medical, and JAG (lawyers).  Jacob will have his own tips for people going through COT when he gets back from the next phase of his training, but for now I’ve got 10 tips for those of you that will be attending your loved one’s COT graduation in the future. 1. Be brave. Particularly for those of you that are not as familiar with military bases, official...

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It’s More Difficult Than I Expected…

Jacob is about to finish his first month of training as a chaplain candidate, the phase of Commissioned Officer Training (COT).  While I’ll wait for him to come back and write his own post about that, I’m here to say our first time of being separated as a married couple was, admittedly, harder than I expected it to be. I went in to this training time feeling equipped and confident about the time apart.  My family lives overseas, so I’m used to goodbyes and being away from loved ones.  I am a strong, independent, black woman (well, that’s what...

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