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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 Leader Course (BOLC) training.

To begin your BOLC journey, please review all the information provided on this site. Be sure to read the BOLC Student Handbook, which can be found in the resources section. Additionally, students will be utilizing the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) while they are attending BOLC. So, if you are unfamiliar with the Blackboard LMS, please spend some time familiarizing yourself with it. There are plenty of resources on the internet to help you, such as the Blackboard site and their YouTube channel.  If you still have any questions or concerns that are not addressed on our site, please call us at (210)221-8355/6714/6319.

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. The student`s focus here at the AMEDD Center & School Health Readiness Center of Excellence (AMEDDC&S HRCoE) should be discipline, teamwork, basic Soldier skills, tactical medical doctrine, and learning the principles behind becoming an resilient, agile leader.

BOLC 6-8-C20B (Long Course) In-Processing Information

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 copy machines available to students in the AMEDDC&S HRCoE. 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. 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. 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. 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 1,640 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.

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Reserve Component In-Processing 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.

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Reporting Information

On the REPORT DATE, you will report to Bldg. 592 (Holiday Inn Express) at 3825 Dickman Road, San Antonio, Texas between 0900-1600hrs for lodging and initial in-processing. You may report to Holiday Inn Express in appropriate civilian attire (All will be groomed according to AR 670-1 with males being cleanly shaven). At Bldg. 592, you will receive your report time to Blesse Auditorium at AMEDDC&S HRCoE (Bldg. 2841) for in-processing. This is the only requirement on your report date.

On the START DATE, you will report to the helicopter at AMEDDC&S HRCoE (outside Bldg. 2840) at 0430hrs.

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Lodging Information

Upon check-in at Bldg. 592 (Holiday Inn Express), 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.
  • Students may choose their roommate at time of check-in, provided they are both present and of the same gender.

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Driving Information

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. Students are NOT authorized to drive motorcycles while in BOLC.

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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 JBSA Fort Sam Houston. Your status will be changed within 5 days of signing-in and in-processing JBSA 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).

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OCONUS PCS

If you are transferring outside the continental U.S. (OCONUS) after BOLC-B, please ensure your family members (spouse and 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 to be listed in DEERS prior to making orders amendments. Your enrollment into DEERS will be completed within a few weeks of your arrival.

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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.

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Medical Information

Medical and dental screenings will be completed at JBSA 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 JBSA 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 it with you.

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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 JBSA 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 the myPay website. 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 with your meal card (issued during in-processing).

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 with 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 have reported to a Permanent Duty Station prior to the course AND 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.

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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.

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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 MUSTbe registered on post immediately. Contact A/187th BEFORE you bring the weapon on base by calling (210)221-8335.

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Uniforms

Please review the BOLC uniform requirements, which can be found in the BOLC Student Handbook, and procure as many of your uniform requirements as possible prior to your arrival at JBSA 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 Physical Fitness Uniforms (APFUs) and some Army Combat Uniform (ACU) items may not be available in all sizes, or are in extremely limited supplies, at the JBSA FSH Clothing Sales store.

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 Army Physical Fitness Uniform (APFU) and the Army Service Uniform (ASU). Uniforms can be obtained from an installation near you or online through AAFES or Marlow White.

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Mandatory Training Information

Students are required to complete three online courses (e.g. AT Level 1, Risk Management Basic Course, Operational Security (OPSEC) Training) along with the VIA Survey of Character Strengths Questionnaire and the Global Assessment Tool (GAT), prior to graduating the course (NOT prior to arrival). Additionally, the USFK PCS (Theater-Specific) Training is required for all students that are projected for follow-on assignments to United States Forces Korea (USFK). The deadline for completing these courses is within three weeks of arrival. Certificates of completion can be turned into their TAC Officers once the student moves into the classroom setting.  

Anti-Terrorism (AT) Level 1 Training

The AT Level 1 course is available online (you must have a CAC) at Joint Knowledge Online (JKO).

Once you are on the site, click on the "Login using my CAC / VA PIV" link (located on the right side).

JKO CAC Login graphic

Click on the Course Catalog tab.

Course Catalog Tab

In the Title input box, enter the keyword "antiterrorism" and then click search (above the input box). Once it displays "JS   US007   Level I Antiterrorism Awareness Training (2 hrs)", click Enroll.

Antiterrorism Course Listing

Once you have completed the training, print your completion certificate and provide it to your BOLC TAC Officer.

Risk Management Basic Course

The Risk Management Basic Course is available online (you must have CAC) at the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) website.  But, before you can begin the course, you must register for it in Army Training Requirements and Resources System (ATRRS).

To begin, log into your AKO account and click on the Self Service tab (located on the top left), then select the My Training link.

AKO - My Training Link

On the My Training webpage, click on the Search the ATRRS Course Catalog link (within the ATRRS - Student Center gadget).

ATRRS Student Center

On the ATRRS Course Catalog webpage, enter the keyword "2G-F97_DL" into the Course Number input field and click the Search the ATRRS Course Catalog button.

ATRRS Course Catalog (Search Box)

On the 2G-F97_DL Course Information page, click Register.

ATRRS Registration

Now that you are registered, the course should be listed and available through the ALMS website (use the link above). Once you have completed the training, print your completion certificate and provide it to your BOLC TAC Officer.

Operational Security (OPSEC) Training

The Operational Security (OPSEC) Training is available online (you must have CAC) at the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) website. To begin, log into your AKO account and click on the Self Service tab (located on the top left), then select the My Training link.

AKO - My Training Link

On the My Training webpage, click on the Access the ALMS link (within the ALMS gadget).

ALMS Link

Once inside of ALMS, click the Search for Training link.

ALMS - Search for Training

On the Search page, enter the keyword "OPSEC" in the search input box and then click search. Once it displays "Army OPSEC Level I (Newcomers and Refresher)", click it.

Once you have completed the training, print your completion certificate and provide it to your BOLC TAC Officer.

VIA Survey of Character Strengths Questionnaire and Global Assessment Tool (GAT)

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 VIA Survey of Character Strengths questionnaire and the mandatory GAT-IMT training.

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 register. Once the student creates an account, the questionnaire is available at VIA Survey of Character Strengths (in the Engagement Questionnaires section).

Additionally, all BOLC students are required to complete 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. The assessment is available online (you must have a CAC) at GAT (Global Assessment Tool).

Students should complete this training prior to reporting to JBSA Fort Sam Houston (if possible) and bring a copy of each with them. Students that encounter technical issues and/or problems will have an opportunity to complete the survey and assessment upon their arrival; but, you are highly encouraged to complete them prior to arrival due to the increased daily rigor while attending the course.

Students will also be afforded the opportunity to complete the online training during the course at the end of the training day. Typical duty days are from 0500hrs until approximately 1745hrs. The AMEDDC&S HRCoE has computers available for the students, but you may choose to bring a personal laptop computer for use at your quarters as well.

USFK PCS (Theater-Specific) Training

Additionally, all students that are projected for follow-on assignments to United States Forces Korea (USFK) require additional training. Students being assigned OCONUS (in Korea) must have a current AT Level 1 training certificate, as well as, a USFK training certificate. The certificate(s) must not expire until at least 60 days after reporting to their OCONUS duty station.

The USFK training course is available online (you must have a CAC) at Joint Knowledge Online (JKO).

Once you are on the site, click on the "Login using my CAC / VA PIV" link (located on the right side).

JKO CAC Login graphic

Click on the Course Catalog tab.

Course Catalog Tab

In the Course Number input box, enter the keyword "J3ST-US171-PCS-HB" and then click search (above the input box). Once it displays "USFK -J3ST-US171-PCS-HB  USFK PCS Theater Specific Required Training (2 hrs)", click Enroll.

Search and Enroll in USFK Training

Once you have completed the training, print your completion certificate and provide it to your BOLC TAC Officer.

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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 Leader Course. You have several exciting, challenging, and rewarding weeks ahead of you. If you have any questions, issues, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at (210) 221-8355/6714/6319.

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Resources

  1. BOLC Student Handbook
  2. Understanding Your Orders
  3. Future Soldiers
  4. Uniform Resources


Last modified: 5/13/2019 1:22:00 PM