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    BASIC OFFICER LEADER COURSE (BOLC)

    Welcome

    Welcome to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD), and congratulations on your Commission! You will be assigned to Alpha Company, 187th Medical Battalion for the duration of your Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC) training.

    To begin your BOLC journey, please review all the information provided on this site and also read the BOLC Welcome Letter that can be found under the resources section. If you still have any questions or concerns that are not addressed on our site or the welcome letter, please email us at usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.bolc@mail.mil or call (210)221-8355 or (210)221-8223.

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    CONTENT

    Announcements

    The Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) is conducted by two organizations - Alpha Company, 187th Medical Battalion, 32d Medical Brigade and the AMEDD Basic Officer Leader Course Branch, Leader Training Center, Academy of Health Sciences. Alpha Company performs and is responsible for all administrative actions (in-processing, lodging, ID cards, pay, etc.). The AMEDD Basic Officer Leader Course Branch conducts and is responsible for all training requirements and academic issues.

    Computer resources are limited at Fort Sam Houston and students that have personal computers are highly encouraged to bring it with them to BOLC, for use in their quarters. Additionally, students will be issued course material (on CD) that they will be required to read, study, and learn, while they are attending the course.

    Due to ongoing uniform shortages at Fort Sam Houston, students are strongly recommended to make arrangements for uniforms prior to arriving at the BOLC course.

    Direct Commission Officers that are new to the U.S. Army Medical Department should visit the U.S. Army`s FutureSoldiersExternal Link website. It is packed full of useful information that should assist future students in beginning their transition into army life.

    Chaplain services are conducted on a weekly basis during BOLC`s Field Training Exercise (FTX).

    Instructions

    Click on each of the links to the right, under the content and resources tabs, to review the pertinent class information for the course.

    Class Dates

    Students may click on their scheduled course (below) to be taken to its respective ATRRS webpage for additional information about their class, such as report date, start dates, and end dates.

    U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) students, who are not sure whether they should attend the Long Course or the Short Course, may refer to the following guidance for clarification:

    6-8-C20B (BOLC) - Long Course
    • Student must be entry-level Army National Guard (ARNG) or U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) AMEDD commissioned officers
    • Student must be ARNG or USAR with a 67J or 70-Series AOC
    • All Active Guard and Reserve (AGR), regardless of AOC, must attend the long course
    • The long course consists of two phases that are conducted in-residence at Fort Sam Houston, Texas: Phase 1 which consists of the Basic Officer Leader Course (BOLC) Common Core 6-8-C20B (BOLC) and Phase 2 which consists of AOC specific training
    • These students are not required to complete the phase 1 distance learning course requirement
    6-8-C20B (RC) - Short Course
    • Student must be entry-level Army National Guard (ARNG) or U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) AMEDD commissioned officers
    • Student cannot be ARNG or USAR with a 67J or 70-Series AOC, or Active Guard and Reserve (AGR)
    • These students are required to complete the phase 1 distance learning course prior to enrolling in Phase 2 RC - Basic Officer Leader 6-8-C20B (RC) Course
    Course Ph Course Title
    6-8-C20B (BOLC) 1 Basic Officer Leader Course - Common Core
    6-8-C20B (HPSP RC) 1 HPSP - Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (HPSP/RC/VC64) 1 HPSP RC VC64 - Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (PREP) 1 AMEDD Officer Preparatory
    6-8-C20B (AN66) 2 AN - Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (DC63) 2 DC - Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (HPSP/RC/VC64) 2 HPSP RC VC64 - Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MC60-62/MS67G) 2 MC - Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS67E) 2 MS - Pharmacy Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS67F) 2 MS - Optometry Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS70B/67J) 2 MS - FLD MED ASST / MEDEVAC Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS71ABE) 2 MS - Laboratory Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS72A) 2 MS - Nuclear Medicine Science Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS72BDE) 2 MS - Public Health Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS72C) 2 MS - Audiology Basic Officer Leader
    C-8-C20B (MS73AB/71F) 2 MS - Behavioral Health Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (RC) 2 RC - Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (SP65ABC) 2 SP - OT / PT / RD Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (SP65D) 2 SP - Physician Assistant Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (USUHS) 2 USUHS - Basic Officer Leader
    6-8-C20B (VC64) 2 VC - Basic Officer Leader

    General Information

    This course is designed to instruct students on the basics of being an Army and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) officer. It will assist the student in making their transition into the Army a smooth one. This course will provide the student with an increased understanding of the U.S. Army, its various missions and most importantly, how to contribute to the success of those missions. Students will be assigned to Alpha Company, 187th Medical Battalion for the duration of their Basic Officer Leaders Course (BOLC) training. The student`s focus here at the AMEDD Center & School should be discipline, teamwork, basic soldier skills, tactical medical doctrine, and learning the principles behind becoming an effective, agile leader.

    Reserve Component APFT Information

    All student attending BOLC-B (RC) Phase 2 are required to have a passing Army Physical Fitness Test score and passing Army Height and Weight prior to enrollment in the resident course.

    Students may hand-carry their DA Form 705 (Army Physical Fitness Test Scorecard) if they have been administered one by their unit. The DA Form 705 must show a passing score and indicate the student is in compliance with the Army’s height and weight standards IAW AR 600-9.

    If the student requires a tape test, the DA Form 5500 (males) or the DA Form 5501 (female) must also be included with the DA Form 705. The DA Form 705 must be current (within the past six months).

    If a student does not have a current DA Form 705, they will be administered both the APFT and height/weight screening. If they fail to meet Army standards for APFT or height/weight, they will not be enrolled and returned to home station.

    Reporting Information

    If you are an Army Enlisted Commissioning Program (AECP) student who has orders to report prior to the start of the course, please email us at the above email address to inform us of your arrival date. We will reserve your lodging, beginning on the date your orders start.

    Lodging Information

    Upon check-in at BLDG 592, you will be assigned a room on Joint Base San Antonio (which includes Fort Sam Houston) at no cost to you. No reservations are necessary. Students permanently assigned to Joint Base San Antonio are not authorized lodging.

    • Officers arriving early will be charged for all nights prior to their reporting date. This cost may be reimbursed upon arrival at your permanent duty station.
    • Due to limited space, Officers in the rank of Captain and below will be housed two officers per room. Students may choose their roommate at time of check-in, provided they are both present and of the same gender.
    • Officers in the rank of Major or above should contact lodging (210) 357-2705 to secure a room at BLDG 592 or in distinguished visitor quarters.
    • Students are not authorized to consume or store alcohol on post.

    Driving Information

    Fort Sam Houston is considered a “walking campus”. Parking directly adjacent the AMEDD C&S is for staff use only and is not authorized for BOLC students. For in-processing, please park across the street from the AMEDD museum to avoid being ticketed. You will be given more information regarding authorized student parking areas when you in-process.

    • You must utilize a hands free telephone device when talking on cell phones while driving on Fort Sam Houston. TEXTING while driving is NOT authorized within the city of San Antonio or on Fort Sam Houston.
    • You are not required to have a Fort Sam Houston Department of Defense (DoD) registration sticker on your vehicle to obtain access to the base. For more info on accessing Fort Sam Houston, please refer to the FAQ page attached.
    • Students are not authorized to drive motorcycles while in BOLC.

     

    In-Processing

    Below is a list of documents that you must have in order to successfully complete Personnel and Finance in-processing. It is vital you have these documents with the listed number of copies on Day 1 of in-processing. At this time, there are no copiers available to students in the AMEDD C&S. If you do not have these documents in the right quantities, you could encounter serious pay or personnel issues.

    1. DA form 71 (Oath of Office) – 3 copies 1) If you are on active duty and have not been administered the oath you will complete an Active Duty Oath of Office on Day 1 of the course. If you have a reserve and/or active duty oath, bring copies of both.
    2. Orders (PCS, TDY) and all amendments – 10 copies 1) Officers arriving from ROTC will typically only have one order that serves as both a PCS and TDY order. It is very important to report with these 10 copies.
    3. SF 1199A (Direct Deposit Form) – 2 copies 1) If you are not in the military pay system (DFAS) or want to change your banking information in DFAS, you will need to submit either a completed SF1199A (with correct routing number) or a void check to finance during in-processing.
    4. DD 93 (Record of Emergency Data) – 2 copies
      1. All Soldiers are required to have a DD93 on file in case of emergency. If you have one, bring it with you to in-processing.
      2. If you do not have one, you will complete the DD93 during in-processing. If you already have one in the system, but not with you, you will complete another one.
    5. Servicemembers Group Life Insurance (SGLI) form – 2 copies
      1. All Soldiers are required to have a SGLI form on file in case of emergency. If you have one, bring it with you to in-processing.
      2. If you do not have one, you will complete the SGLI form during in-processing. If you already have one in the system, but not with you, you will complete another one.
    6. DD Form 214 (if applicable) showing any prior service – 2 copies
      1. If you have at least 4 years + 1 day of prior service, you are eligible for “E-pay” (listed as O-1E on pay charts).
      2. Active duty time for Reservists and National Guard soldiers can count towards "E" pay; therefore bring your reserve retirement points report, if applicable. In order to qualify for “E-pay” as a USAR/ARNG Soldier you must have at least 1640 points.
      3. We will make every attempt to start your "E-pay" at Fort Sam Houston. However, priority processing goes to starting base pay and allowances for new soldiers.

    ID Card / DEERS

    As a result of receiving a direct commission into the U.S. Army, you are eligible to receive a Common Access Card (CAC), also known as a military ID Card.

    • Any transactions to list you as “Active Duty” can’t be made until you arrive at Fort Sam Houston. Your status will be changed within 5 days of signing-in and in-processing Fort Sam Houston. You are not eligible to receive a CAC card until this transaction is complete.
    • You must have an Army Knowledge Online (AKO) email account in order to receive a CAC Card. If you do not have an AKO account please make every effort to register for an account prior to arrival. Your recruiter or ROTC cadre can help you establish a guest or a sponsored account in only a few minutes. If you need further guidance, please contact Mr. Willie Green at (703)325-3650. Once you are listed as “active duty” in the personnel system, you can convert your account to a non-guest/sponsored account.
    • The following link outlines the items required to receive a CAC card and the steps to enroll your Family members in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS): CAC Requirements
    • KEY NOTE – Please pay close attention to the documents that need to be either originals or certified copies (Notarized copies are not the same as certified copies)

    OCONUS PCS

    If you are transferring outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) after BOLC-B, please ensure your family members (spouse, children) are listed on your orders. Direct all questions to your orders issuing authority (USAREC, Cadet Command, HRC Saint Louis, HRC Virginia/Fort Knox etc).

    On occasion, your orders issuing authority may require your family members be listed in DEERS prior to making orders amendments. Your enrollment into DEERS will be complete within a few weeks of arrival.

    Household Goods (HHG)

    If you are authorized shipment of HHG to your permanent duty station at government expense, please contact the installation transportation office at the military installation closest to your current location in order to arrange shipment.

    Please make every effort to register in the Defense Property System (DPS) prior to arrival to ensure a quick move. Their website is www.move.mil.

    Medical Information

    Medical and dental screenings will be completed at Fort Sam Houston for all Active Duty personnel PCSing to their first duty assignment. Every effort will be made to facilitate your completion of PHAs and Well Woman exams, if needed. Keep in mind that some individuals may be exempt based on data from your records or in the medical (MEDPROS) and dental computer database.

    • Bring a copy of immunization records or proof of immunity as well as medical and dental records, to include a copy of a well woman exam completed within the past 12 months (if applicable). If you do not have your records and they are not already in the system, you may need to get them done again at Fort Sam Houston.
    • If you wear glasses you will need to bring 2 pairs of professional style eyeglasses in accordance with AR 670-1 (i.e. no adornments or labels on the frames, conservative color, etc.) with you to Fort Sam Houston. Contact lenses are not authorized during the field training exercise (FTX). If you have a copy of your eyewear prescription, bring this as well.

    Military Pay

    If you are new to the Active Duty Army, or the U.S. Army Reserves, including Individual Ready Reserve and National Guard, it can take up to 30 days before your pay is established. Ensure that you report to Fort Sam Houston with enough money to cover your expenses such as purchasing uniforms.

    After your pay is started, you will receive monthly Leave and Earning Statements (LES) which will show all your entitlements, deductions and net pay. Once established, you can access this information at https://mypay.dfas.mil. For those attending the long course, to ensure you receive all your entitlements and that your pay is not delayed, arrive here with the following documents.

    1. Orders
    2. Oath of Office
    3. DA 31 (If applicable)
    4. Marriage Certificate (If applicable) - Original or Certified Original
    5. Divorce Decree (If applicable) - Original or Certified Original w/judge`s signature
    6. Family Member’s Birth Certificate (If applicable) - Original or Certified Original
    7. Banking Information (Account and Routing numbers)

    We will provide lodging at no cost to you. Meals are provided at government expense Monday-Friday and on Federal Holidays with your meal card (issued at in-processing). You are responsible for paying for your meals on the weekend. You will be reimbursed for your weekend meals at the Fort Sam Houston per diem rate once you complete your travel at your final duty station.

    Active Duty Officers who have not received a previous Clothing Allowance are authorized $600 for uniforms. It may take up to 30-45 days before the clothing allowance is paid. I highly recommend you have enough funds in advance to purchase your uniforms prior to or upon arrival to Fort Sam Houston (approximately $1,000.00).

    Depending on your orders, students may be authorized to receive full Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS) and family separation pay while at the course.

    1. Soldiers without family members will receive BAH at the CONUS “T” Rate (active duty).
    2. Soldiers without family members typically receive BAH at the rate of their spouses/children’s location.
    3. All USAR/ARNG are paid BAH based on their home location regardless of their family member’s status.
    4. If you are separated from your family members by more than 250 miles for longer than 30 days, you are entitled to Family Separation Allowance. This will not be processed by finance until day 31 of the course.

    Physical Conditioning

    Please report to BOLC in good physical condition. You will be required to take and pass the Army Physical Fitness Test and meet the height weight standard in order to graduate from the course. Officers who fail to meet these standards by the course graduation date may be held over or chaptered out of the Army. If you are not currently participating in a physical fitness regimen, I highly recommend you begin immediately.

    Please bring a copy of your permanent profile with you to be turned in on Day 0. If you are a Female and pregnant, please contact your Recruiter or HRC in order to reschedule this class. You cannot attend BOLC if you are on a Temporary PROFILE or injured. Please contact your recruiter, HRC or your S-1 in order to be rescheduled for a later course date, if necessary.

    During your course, Field Training Exercises (FTXs) will be conducted at Camp Bullis. Our staff takes every precaution to reduce or eliminate risk of heat/cold injuries during training. Risk factors that contribute to heat/cold injuries include: being in poor physical condition, medications, prior heat/cold injury among others. In addition, you may not become fully acclimated to the south Texas climate during the short period of time before our field training begins. If you have any of these risk factors, please inform your cadre.

    Camelbacks are not required but are strongly recommended for hydration, as the course will involve a significant amount of walking, marching, and running, both with and without combat loads. Black, OD Green and ACU print are authorized.

    Privately Owned Weapons (POWs)

    You are highly discouraged from bringing any POWs to the BOLC-B course. There is no opportunity for you to use them during the course and you will be required to store them in the arms room. If you bring a Privately Owned Weapon (POW), it must be registered on post immediately. Contact A/187th before you bring the weapon on base by calling (210)221-8335.

    Uniforms

    Please review the attached BOLC uniform procurement list thoroughly and procure as many of your uniform requirements prior to your arrival at Fort Sam Houston.

    It is important that you arrive at Fort Sam Houston with as many of your required uniform items on-hand as possible. Some uniform items, particularly Army patrol caps, Army Improved Physical Fitness Uniforms (IPFUs) and some Army Combat Uniform (ACU) items may not be available in all sizes or are in extremely limited supplies at FSH Clothing Sales store.

    Uniform standards are listed in AR 670-1 and on the link below. The authorized headgear while wearing ACUs is the patrol cap with sew-on rank. You will need the black beret to wear with your Army Service Uniform (ASU), also known as the dress uniform, for the BOLC graduation.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the proper uniform items so that you can be in the correct uniform at the beginning and throughout the course. If necessary, we will provide you with an opportunity to obtain uniforms upon arrival at Fort Sam Houston.

    At a minimum, I recommend purchasing a good pair of authorized boots prior to your arrival to the course. The advantage of having a pair of boots that have already been “broken in” cannot be stressed enough.

    All Soldiers, regardless of component, are required to have the Army Combat Uniform (ACU), the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU) and the Army Service Uniform (ASU). Uniforms can be obtained from an Army post near you or online through AAFESExternal Link or Marlow WhiteExternal Link.

     

    Mandatory Training Information

    Students are required to complete two online courses prior to graduating the course (not prior to arrival). The deadline for completing these courses is within three weeks of arrival. Certificates of completion can be turned into their Platoon Advisor/Instructor once the student moves into the classroom setting.  

    The first course is Antiterrorism Awareness Level I (ATL 1), which is available online here:

    The second is Composite Risk Management (CRM) Basic Course, which is available online here (AKO username and password are required):

    Additionally, all students that are projected for follow-on assignments to United States Forces Korea (USFK), require additional training. The required training can be found here:

    Students being assigned OCONUS must have a current AT level 1 and/or USFK training certificate. The certificate must not expire until at least 60 days after reporting to their OCONUS duty station.

    All BOLC courses are required to implement the Global Assessment Tool - Initial Military Training (GAT-IMT) and the VIA Survey of Character Strengths as part of their Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) Program. In order to complete the GAT-IMT, students are required to have an active AKO account. Once students have created an AKO account, the assessment is available online here:

    It will take the student to the Soldier Fitness Tracker website and also link the student to the GAT-IMT based on the Alpha Company Unit Identification Code (UIC is W3VZCC).

    The VIA Survey of Character Strengths questionnaire is available at the University of Pennsylvania`s "Authentic Happiness" website. In order to complete the questionnaire, students are required to register and create an account which can be done by clicking registerExternal Link. Once students have created an account, the questionnaire is available online here (in the Engagement Questionnaires section):

    The Army established Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) to increase the resilience and performance of Soldiers. Based on the CSF, the GAT was developed to assess the dimensions of emotional, spiritual, social, and family fitness. All officers in training are required to complete the mandatory GAT-IMT training and VIA Survey of Character Strengths questionnaire.

    Students should complete this training prior to reporting to Fort Sam Houston and bring a copy of each with them. Students that encounter technical issues and/or problems will have another opportunity to complete the survey upon their arrival - but it is highly encouraged.

    Students will also be afforded the opportunity to complete the online training during the course at the end of the training day. Typical days will be from 0500hrs until approximately 1745hrs. AMEDDC&S has computers available at their library and computer labs. Students may choose to bring a laptop computer for use at your quarters as well.

     

    Student Chain of Command

    During the course, information will be provided by the cadre and disseminated through your student chain of command. The student chain of command and staff positions will be established shortly after the beginning of the course. I encourage you to seek out these valuable leadership opportunities. Come with the attitude to support those students appointed to leadership positions. The mark of a good leader is whether he or she can also be a good follower. In addition, come with an attitude to learn, share, and excel. As officers and leaders, you must actively participate and make a positive impact in your class.

    Again, welcome to the Basic Officer Leaders Course. You have several exciting, challenging, and rewarding weeks ahead of you. Please do not hesitate to contact us at usarmy.jbsa.medcom-ameddcs.mbx.bolc@mail.mil or by phone at (210) 221-8355 or (210) 221-8223; where your questions, issues, and concerns may be addressed.

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