Author: Jacob

11 Tips for COT

This past summer I attended COT, commissioned officer training.  This training is the basic training equivalent for the non-line Air Force officers who receive their commission pre-training.  (This includes medical officers, JAG, and chaplains.) I am prior enlisted, so the learning curve wasn’t as steep for me as it was for some of the others. Below I’ve got some tips from my classmates and I to help you while you’re at COT. (Read this post for things you should master before training.) Don’t jump on a command job (group commander, any group-level leaders) in the first couple days unless you’re...

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Remembering Spiritual Milestones

Setting up reminders of what God has done in our lives is an important part of our faith and spiritual walk that helps us get through tough times. When we remember what God has done, we can more easily summon the faith and trust in God needed to persevere in present hardships and sufferings. Faith is not blind but based on evidence of what God has done. Today, I would like to share some of the reminders from my own life and the moments when they got me through difficulty. You might have heard the Christianese term “stone of...

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5 Things to Master Before Training

Depending on what kind of knowledge and experience you have had with the military, when you first join you may have encountered a world of acronyms, skills, and cultural assets that you weren’t aware existed.  There are so many things to learn!  The majority of your basic, most foundational skills and information will be taught to you at your first training, whether thats basic training, boot camp, an officer school, etc. However, you don’t have to wait until you get to this training to start learning!  There are several things you can work on ahead of time, and, trust...

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5 Lesser-Known Bible Passages to Combat Anxiety

It is time for midterms over here, which means that my average blood pressure goes up a little. Even if you are not a student, anxiety can be a heavy weight that can bring you to a grinding halt if you try to carry it for too long. If you clicked on this article, you probably know that unsettled emotions can prevent you from sleeping, make you edgy or irritable, or simply unpleasant to be around. When I begin to realize that I am experiencing anxiety, fear, or large amounts of stress, I like to review these five verses...

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6 Ways to Love Your Wife From Afar

Any of us guys in the military will be quick to agree we appreciate our wives/girlfriends holding down the fort while we are away at training or deployment, but sometimes it’s hard to express that to her, especially from a distance.  We get tired, we get busy, we get focused, and sometimes it’s just plain difficult to think of a new way to say “I love you” from miles and miles away. Well, here are some ideas to help you out in expressing your love and appreciation even while gone.  Many of them can be done anywhere in the world...

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