Author: Emileigh

10 Tips for TFOT

I am proud to say I just graduated TFOT, Air Force Total Force Officer Training at the Officer Training School. Watch out Air Force, another butter bar is on the loose! The Officer training school at Maxwell AFB in Alabama is home to two of the Air Force officer commissioning programs: Commissioned Officer Training and TFOT.  (Read about COT here.)  These programs are constantly being tweaked and changed, and there are rumors of further changes planned for the future.  Because of that, my TFOT advice isn’t specific; it’s more principle-based.  Even if the TFOT program changes in the future, these tips should still be useful to you. Before you come: Get physically prepared. Do not assume you will be trained into shape while you are here. The PT test at the beginning is important, and with a stressful, tiring schedule and odd meal times you’re unlikely to see big gains while you’re here.  Come trained up and ready to pass the PT test with flying colors. If possible, get everything you need before you come. If you can, get your uniforms, supplies, etc. before you come to training. You won’t have to deal with alterations schedules, learning how to wear your uniform (if you’re new to the military), or restricted base privileges if you already have what you need. It really decreases your stress, particularly at the beginning. Familiarize...

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Book Review: Shoot Like a Girl

Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front Major Mary Jennings Hegar © 2017, 292 pages I’ve been scanning the suggested reading lists from military leaders and seeing which books are available at my local library, and I found this book on the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Professional Reading List for 2017. There aren’t many books by female authors on these lists, so this one caught my eye. That and the freaking awesome title and cover. This book is the autobiographical account of Major Hegar, a recipient of the...

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7 Tips for Waiting Well

Last May I swore in to the U.S. Air Force. Ever since then, I’ve been waiting to go to training and get my service started. It will have been about three years since I started the recruitment process and almost a year since I swore in when I finally start training. I’m a doer, so that’s a long time for me to sit on a goal without being able to officially “do” anything to achieve it. While the Air Force had a prerequisite online course for me to do while I wait to go to OTS, the rest of...

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Book Review: The Boys of ’67

The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam Andrew Weist © 2012, 376 pages Mourning and grief would have to be left until later. Living took precedence. As a person born in the Nineties, I didn’t know much about the Vietnam War.  The little I did know about it came from documentaries and some Hollywood movies like “Forrest Gump.” It was barely touched on at school. It was one of our not-quite-won wars in history, and people don’t seem to talk about it much. However, most of the veteran hats I see nowadays are from the Vietnam era,...

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Book Review: Three Days in January

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission Bret Baier with Catherine Whitney © 2017, 368 pages “His was not the dramatic leadership of an era with bombs bursting in midair, but the wise course of a military strategist who rescued the world from that inevitability.” Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower is one of the most paradoxical figures of 20th century America.  He had never seen battle when he became Supreme Commander of Europe in World War II. He was a military hero who fought for peace during his presidency. He revered the organization and necessity of the military while also...

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