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Transportation Basic Officer Leader Course—Advice Needed!

March 08, 2011 | Second Lieutenant Luke Ulrich


Well, it’s official: I’m going to the Army Logistics University on 6 Sep 11 in Ft Lee, VA to attend TBOLC! I’m looking for any advice officers may have on this course and what to expect. Thanks! I’m thrilled at the opportunity! 


  • Chris Tengler
    3/8/2011 4:41 PM
    Hi there, I am a sophomore cadet in ROTC at TCU in Fort Worth. I want to follow the same path. I am wanting more information on Transportation too. V/r, CT
    • LTC Sam Blanton
      3/10/2011 12:38 PM
      Chris -- Feel free to contact me. I'm the Director, Office of the Chief of Transportation. Thanks

      • Chris Tengler
        3/11/2011 10:00 AM
        Sir, I tried to message you at if this is not correct, please email me at CDT Tengler
  • LT Harper
    3/8/2011 5:51 PM
    I can't speak to anything substantive about TBOLC, but I just came from 2 weeks at Ft. Lee and the ALU. If you haven't been there, the base itself is pretty small, but has a nice main PX (as well as a smaller PXtra and Clothing Sales). Petersburg isn't the greatest city, but it's a lot better than many of the cities outside other posts. The ALU is by far the nicest place on base, at it's one of the newest buildings. It has an in house cafeteria and small food court (Subway & Einstein Bros. Bagels), and the classrooms are really nice as well. The ALU has it's own gym (separate building next to the large parking lot), which is new and pretty nice.

    The building itself is massive, and there's a ton going on there (civilians and foreign military train there from time to time). This makes for some interesting parking situations, depending on when you arrive. Aside from that, be prepared to be surrounded by Privates on post, as it's a major logistics AIT installation. Sorry I couldn't help out with advice on the course itself (I'm a JA), but hopefully it helped a little.
  • Luke Ulrich
    3/8/2011 6:01 PM
    Thanks, LT Harper!

    CDT Tengler:

    TC has many paths: wheeled, rail, and water. It depends on if you are assigned AD, USAR, or ARNG and what unit you're assigned to. I will be a 40 FT Truck PL beginning in May, so I'll only be able to give insights on the wheeled area of the Army Trans Corps until I go through TBOLC and learn about it all. I'll keep you posted, though!
  • CPT Freda
    3/9/2011 12:28 AM
    I'm a TBOLC instructor. You can expect to be challenged but at the same time you will have some fun. We have excellent instructors and all of our civilians are retired military. You can prepare for the course by ensuring you are physically fit and by looking over the "55 series" FMs online. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. Good luck.
    • CDT Luke Ulrich
      3/11/2011 12:04 AM
      CPT Freda,

      Can you tell me what a typical day at TBOLC is like?
  • CPT Freda
    3/11/2011 2:00 PM
    Your day will start with a physical training session begining at 0600. We focus on Physical Readiness Training and the new APFT. Class starts at 0830 and goes until approximately 1630-1700 with an hour for lunch. Classes will cover basic Army knowledge, officership, tactics, transportation tactics, movement planning and programming and others. There are a number of exercises you'll complete as well. These involve both tactical training and transportation training. Your time here will be boring sometimes, I won't lie. There's only so much spice we can put into movement planning. There are other days when you're so busy you'll feel like you've run out of time. The best way to learn is to participate and learn from others. Sometimes your peers are your best teachers. Your TAC officer will talk to you about becoming a platoon leader and basic officership. Use the experience of the facuilty to round yourself out and position yourself for future success. You'll love being a Transporter, trust me on this.
    • 2LT S
      4/14/2011 10:49 AM
      CPT Freda,
      I am attending TBOLC in May. Should I come prepared with FM's, AR's, and other like support pubs or will everything be made available at the school? Any other hints and tips would be greatly appreciated.
  • CPT Freda
    4/14/2011 1:15 PM
    LT S, I would have that stuff loaded onto your computer anyway, you'll need it beyond TBOLC. That said, we will provide a way for you to get what you need and/or show you where to find it. We no longer hand out hardcopies of manuals. Since it's all digital anyway, go ahead and download it now.
  • Cdt Pruitt
    11/4/2011 9:41 PM
    I'm not really sure who can answer this....
    I will be a new Transportation Officer Dec, 2011. I haven’t received my orders yet, but from what I can tell all transportation officers go to the ALU for TBOLIC. My school only has 1 graduation a year, and that’s in May. Does anyone know if I can request leave during BOLIC to attend my graduation?
  • 2LT Schwartzkopf
    11/4/2011 10:40 PM
    I graduated TBOLC 01September2011. I was prior service (+15 years) and I was very pleased with my experience at ALU/FTLee. No its not like some of the larger bases but since it is a TRADOC Base you will still get a good sense of base life. Bring yourself, basic load out for tradoc training (no fm's, tm;s, AR;s required), and an openmind.
    -Be physically and mentally prepared
    -leave all preconceived notions at home
    -be professional at all times...remember you are an officer now
    -always be a team player and more importantly know when it is your turn to follow
    -always give instructors the respect they deserve.. they are your mentors and allies..they want you to succeed
    -always identify where you are weak and improve (daily)
    Do Not's
    -do not let your fellow officers get away with mediocre work or actions unbecoming an officer...does you, your unit, ALU, Trans Corps, the Army and most importantly the soldiers under you a huge disservice.
    -Do not piss the course manager off..she is out to get rid of the not become the fat or you will be trimmed
    -do not get in trouble with the law...or you will be done
    -do not live on base if you can help it (live at Aqua or Addison apartments)
    -do not miss a single day of training or you are done
    -do not piss your tac off
    -do not disrespect the CORPS or those who came before you
  • Schwartzkopf
    11/4/2011 10:46 PM
    CDT Pruitt,
  • CPT Freda
    11/7/2011 9:22 AM
    CDT Pruitt,

    You should have orders shortly. Check your personnel section. Please read the posts below from 2LT Schwartzkopf. He was pretty squared away when he was here and is definitely not giving you poor advice. Like he said, the TAC officers are there to help you so don't be afraid to ask them questions. Although no longer a TAC officer, I am still at Fort Lee and have ties to the course through my current position and I can tell you that we love it when a young officer shows an interest on their chosen profession. I think your class actually starts in January so that may be the reason for the delay in your orders. Good luck and don't be afraid to ask questions!
  • LT Barrington
    11/17/2011 1:04 PM
    CPT Freda,

    How long is TBOLC? I just switched from NG to Reserves and I am also thinking of switching branches to possibly Transpo. I'm trying to find a BOLC that would get me home before my husband deploys.


    2LT B
  • CPT Freda
    11/17/2011 3:08 PM
    LT Barrington,
    TBOLC is 13 weeks long. HOWEVER, plan on travel and getting here a few days early. So plan on 14 weeks. Shoot me an email to discuss details, I don't want you to put your information on this site.

    CPT Freda
  • 2LT Nicholas Pruitt
    12/31/2011 11:46 AM
    Im not sure who can answer this, but will I need a vehicle while attending TBOLC? I will be attending BOLC in March and Im not sure if my car will be fixed by then. So before I started stressing about buying a car before I leave, I thought I would ask.

  • CPT Freda
    1/3/2012 8:48 AM
    LT Pruitt,

    You will need a vehicle.
  • CDT Grindle
    2/20/2012 9:50 AM
    I am graduating in May and just got my BOLC date for Trans and I will be reporting May 20. My question is once I have graduated from BOLC (Sept 7), how long before I report to my unit? I am going active duty and I am still waiting to get my duty station. I was planning on getting married this summer, but my BOLC date caught me by surprise because it was so early (apparently it was merit based this year). My PMS told me that normally you will have 30 days to report to your new unit, but early report would be authorized and those 30 days would come off your leave time. Is this right? Any info and advice would be greatly appreciated. We are trying to set a date for Sept now and I need to know sooner rather than later if i can take a little leave to get married before I report to my unit.
  • CDT Bennett
    3/23/2012 3:09 PM
    CDT Grindle, I am also graduating in May and my BOLC date is also 20 May. I am curious to know the answers to the questions you asked because I am in a similar, not exact, situation. Thanks.
  • CPT Freda
    4/2/2012 9:56 AM
    Both of you should graduate 7 September. Most people take 14 days of leave in between duty stations. Plan it out that way.
  • 2LT McKee
    4/11/2012 3:18 PM
    Hey everybody, I was suppose to start my TBOLC on May 20th but have torn my meniscus in my left knee and have been rescheduled for June of 2013. Which means I will miss an army buddie's wedding in which I am a groomsman. Can any body tell me if its possible to request weekend leave for something like a wedding. It will be in September 2013 so towards the end of training. Thanks
  • 2LT Pruitt
    4/11/2012 10:13 PM
    Hello 2LT McKee
    I am currently at TBOLC and you can request to leave for the weekend. The biggest issue is missing instruction. If you have to miss instruction then you may have a problem, however if your trip is not going to cause you to miss instruction, you should be ok. You will have to make sure your request is in early, so it has time to be approved. I have flown home for the weekend during my time here. I hope that helps.
  • 2LT McKee
    4/12/2012 9:44 PM
    2LT Pruitt,
    Thank you for the information. This does help me and at least makes me feel a little better at the possibility of making his wedding.
    I have one other question for anybody who might know the answer. I am slotted to go into the National Guard for transportation. Are there ever active duty slots that become available and are offered to Reserve Officers while at BOLC?
  • CDT Cangany
    4/18/2012 10:37 PM
    Should we really not live on post for BOLC? I did not want to buy any furniture or anything. Would it be a bad idea?
  • CPT Freda
    4/19/2012 8:59 AM
    CDT C- You're probably not going to have a choice. They're constructing a new hotel right next to the ALU campus but it's not scheduled for completion until September. You may be able to find a furnished apartment or just get a few things to get by with.
  • 2LT Ho
    5/7/2012 4:55 PM
    Anyone know if this course produces just the AER or is there a DD 214 as well?
  • CDT Tengler
    5/7/2012 10:55 PM
    Where do most 2LTs go after TBOLC? CONUS/OCONUS?
  • CPT Freda
    5/8/2012 9:06 AM
    LT Ho-You will get an AER no matter what. If you are a RC officer, you will also receive a DD214.

    CDT Tengler-You may be stationed anywhere the Army has troops, however, realize we are drawing back from OCONUS assignments so chances are you will be stationed CONUS. That said, if there's someplace you would like to go ask for it and see what happens. What's the worst they can say? No?
  • Kevin L
    6/5/2012 2:34 PM
    Is TBOLC too short to authorize families to come with?
  • Jones
    7/12/2012 2:02 PM
    You can bring dependents, but there is a fee for housing, and you don't collect your Bah or other support for them during your stay, you pay out of pocket.
  • Johnson
    7/21/2012 2:06 AM
    So if I bring my wife I won't recieve any BAH pay at all or will I just receive basic pay that people with no dependents get?
  • CPT Freda
    7/23/2012 8:43 AM
    If you're married, you're going to get BAH at the rate for where your dependents are. You also may be paid TDY depending on what your orders say. For example, if your wife is in Newport News, VA, then you would collect BAH at that rate and you would collect TDY. If your spouse is here with you, you would collect BAH at the Fort Lee rate and TDY. Remember, you'll only get TDY if you are on TDY orders though. Some students are PCS'd here.
  • Lounsbury
    7/27/2012 3:34 PM
    CPT Freda, is TBOLC still about 13 weeks? I see your answer to this was a year old. Just making sure it's still correct.

    I was prior enlisted as a 92F and stayed in V company (right across the street from the rigger's school). FT Lee can be pretty boring, you have to make up your own fun most of the time (legally, of course)
  • CPT Freda
    7/27/2012 3:46 PM
    It is 13 weeks. Fort Lee has changed a bit, but I'm not sure how much compared to when you were here but it has. Good luck!
  • 2LT Bennett
    7/27/2012 5:07 PM
    TCBOLC is currently 16 weeks.
  • 2LT Tredway
    9/29/2012 11:25 AM
    CPT Freda,

    Can you shed some light on the current lodging/billeting situation at Ft. Lee? I'm slotted for the 06JAN13 TBOLC report date, TDY from GA ARNG, married and would like to bring my wife with me seeing as how she is a full-time ONLINE student. I've heard and been told that if I'm on TDY, it's nearly impossible to do so. Any information you can offer is greatly appreciated.

    2LT Tredway
  • LT Ho
    9/29/2012 12:12 PM
    My BOLC class ended in Sept 2012 and Lodging would give TC BOLC folks one soldier per room at a hotel off-post. You will not get any sort of extra lodging help or extra money for your wife.

    Some of the non-TC classes like OD got on-post housing; not sure if TC will rotate into that situation. If you end up like us, then just bring your wife and have her live in your hotel room. Not a big deal. Lots of our class did that. We did not get our choice of hotel or apartment, which is what some people got a year earlier, so if you heard stories of people doing their own apartment-hunting, that no longer happens.

    Also, a new on-post hotel is being put up across the street from the ALU, with over 1000 rooms, etc. It was scheduled to open by October. It was stated that lots of BOLC students would be staying there. I would suspect it's still one soldier per room so you could bring your wife. I doubt they would do single beds. Hopefully, someone else monitoring this thread can shed some light on this.
  • LT Ho
    9/29/2012 12:17 PM
    Slight correction to above. This only applies to the Fort Lee lodging. Since you're TDY from national guard, you'll probably get BAH, etc. which is for your apartment/house back home (assuming lease/mortgage docs are provided), and that will be with the dependents rate. So you will get extra money for your wife for that. You just won't get extra money/privileges for Fort Lee-specific lodging. Theoretically, you could move out of your current home, move into a new apartment here at Fort Lee, and continue to collect that BAH, etc. per CPT Freyda's comments above. Having said that, not sure why you would want to pack up your entire home and move for only 3.5 months.
    • 2LT Tredway
      9/29/2012 12:34 PM
      We had been saying the same thing and discussing how pointless it would be to move 2x, but we don't have much to move/wouldn't be moving much and would prefer to stay together for the duration of training. Not sure how the leave process for weekends works but I know the cost for travel to and from GA would add up as well as cost of living down here and any expenses incurred for myself up at Ft. Lee.

      The difference in BAH b/w current HOR and Ft. Lee is +/- $20 so I'm not concerned about that, but you made the statement about not being able to choose off post housing...that goes for TDY as well? Or would we be able to find something near post, move up and utilize BAH @ Ft. Lee rate?

      What I had been told is that TDY did not authorize my wife to even come along with me. I'd still be receiving BAH on TDY regardless, the Branch manager just told me that it depended on when I called lodging to make reservations (longer I waited, the better the possibility) and any extra expenses for her would be on me.

      Appreciate the help LT Ho!
  • MAJ Freda
    9/29/2012 1:56 PM
    No matter where you stay, you can bring your wife with you. You are required to stay in Army contracted lodging, whether it's in the hotel across from ALU or somewhere else. You'll still get paid BAH if you are married. Like some of the other students said, you have your own room so you can bring your wife. I recommend that you when you get to Lee, you see where they place you and then bring her up. Just remember that since it's not a PCS, you're not going to be authorized housing. I don't think any of the other branches are dong this either unless the follow-on for the students is at Lee.
  • CDT G
    11/22/2012 9:10 PM
    MAJ Freda,

    Could you give me some insight on how officers are chosen for either highway, railway, or waterways? Also does this have an influence on duty location?
    Thanks for any information
  • CDT Gates
    2/11/2013 3:46 AM
    I am scheduled to attend TBOLC this coming July and was wondering if it's possible to bring my girlfriend to stay with me while I'm at Ft. Lee? I've read several comments about being able to bring wives but I'm not familiar with the rules regarding non-family members. Additionally, are classes held Mon-Fri or do they include the weekends also? Any information would be much appreciated.
  • 1LT Ho
    2/11/2013 2:21 PM
    CDT Gates: Call the Fort Lee Lodging people at (804) 734-6698. It could be complicated. I was at BOLC in the summer of 2012, and we were in off-post hotels (one person per room), so that naturally meant that we could have spouses (or anyone) in our rooms. They were in the process of building a gigantic hotel/lodging building next to the ALU where BOLC classes are held, and if that has come on line, then you may be staying there, in which case I'm sure.

    Just call that number, say that you're incoming in July, and by that time, what they think the situation will be for TC BOLC students.
  • 1LT Ho
    2/11/2013 2:23 PM which case, I'm *not* sure what your situation will be.
  • CDT Warren
    2/11/2013 11:35 PM
    I just recently received my BOLC date for active duty transpo. To my displeasure, I am scheduled to go 23JUN13. This is a major issue considering I am to be married on July 13th. Can anyone tell me the process I have to go through in order to get a later date? My wedding date is already set in stone and we have already put down a hefty down payment on the wedding itself. If anyone has ANY advice whatsoever it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • CDT Wilkins
    2/15/2013 10:02 PM
    CDT Warren, do you know of anything on how to switch BOLC dates with someone or if it's even possible? I got active duty transportation and my dates are, reporting: 21JUL13, start: 22JUL13, end 7NOV13. I have absolutely no issues in moving my date up, because I definitely wouldn't mind starting earlier, and if it helps you out at the same time, that's icing on the cake.
  • CDT Bardouille
    10/7/2013 1:47 PM
    Good day,
    I'm a member of the SROTC program and I graduate in May 2014. The results of the accessions will be out in November 2013. I requested TC under the AD component, can someone shed some light on how hard it is to be assigned to a watercraft unit?

    Please and thanks.
  • 2LT Wilkins
    10/7/2013 3:35 PM
    Hey Bardoille, I'm at TBOLC right now and this has come up quite a few times. Getting assigned to a watercraft unit really just depends on where your duty station is. Like if you go to Fort Eustis they have water units there, the unfortunate thing is talking with Warrants and enlisted personnel who operate the vessels, they said they never have officers on their vessels. So it is some cool stuff to work with the watercraft unit, but it's more in the Warrant lane in regard to actually operating the vessels and going out on missions.
  • 2LT Lippert
    11/5/2013 3:17 PM
    I'm set to go to TBOLC 5Jan14, and I was always nervous for anything ROTC during my 4 years at Ohio University. I'm getting excited more than anything after reading this blog and I appreciate everything that has been said. However, some of the information may be out of date as it goes back a couple years now. Anything new in terms of housing? items to bring? Things to read up on?
  • CL
    11/15/2013 5:59 PM
    @ LT Lippert:

    Housing: You'll most likely be placed in on post lodging. Pray/beg/plead that you get to stay in the "new" lodging. It's right across the street from the ALU and has better rooms (But sucky Wi Fi)

    Items to bring: Uniforms. ACUs, PTs, ASUs, everything you have. You'll wear everything at one point or another. Also bring a cold weather fleece if you have one. If not, get one. I'm here right now and it is very cold in the mornings. The wind makes it much worse.

    Things to read up on: Go here This has every single powerpoint that is tested on. It also contains some CALL manuals as well as projects. This is what our class is using.
  • CDT Plotner
    11/25/2013 8:36 PM
    I am wondering what the specific BOLC start dates are for the summer months (starting in May). Thank you in advance.
  • CDT Bardouille
    11/26/2013 8:30 AM
    Greetings 2Lt Wilkins, got word on accessions and I got selected for Active Duty, TC. Do you have any advice? How is it going so far sir?
  • CL
    11/26/2013 8:44 PM
    CDT Plotner: You can find dates at the following URL. NOTE: These dates to not convey availability. Consult with your branch manager for that info:
  • CDT Militello
    1/25/2014 7:56 PM
    Thank you to everyone who has posted valuable information on this blog with regard to the transportation branch and BOLC detail. I will be filling out my assessions packet this semester and have been doing a lot of research. I was wondering if any of you would happen to know of a good resource for me to look up transportation unit locations. I want to be as prepared as possible. I was told that if you go reserves or National Guard that you can be more selective as to whether or not you go highway, railway, or waterway. Is that true? Can anyone elaborate on the pros/cons of any of them. I'm interested in waterway transportation, but I heard as a PL you don't really get to command vessels like you do on wheeled transportation. Thank you.
  • CL
    1/27/2014 10:38 AM
    @ CDT Militello

    Rail and water are very rare anywhere (Guard, Reserve or Active). With regard to waterway, an officer does not command any vessel. A warrant is the commander of a specific vessel.

    For unit locations, go to Go to Module M > Brigade Sustainment and open the Army Sustainment units powerpoint.
  • 2LT Wilkins
    1/27/2014 12:14 PM
    Hey CDT Bardouille welcome to Transportation! One thing I say is, at TBOLC they said be prepared to be thrown in to any logistics fields, whether it's trans based, ordnance, or quartermaster, I got thrown in to an ordnance position. I'm a maintenance PL at Ft Hood and the Battatlion Maintenance Officer. Also be prepared to be the battalion unit movement officer and get all those other extra duties as a 2LT, especially since you're trans. TBOLC is really not that difficult, some of the tests are challenging but they're open notes so as long as you know where to look for the information you're good. When you get to Ft Lee for TBOLC see if you can find a DA civilian by the name of Mr. Wagner, the guy has all the answers/info you could ever want about anything in the military, he'll talk your ear off but you'll get so much out of it. The other instructors there are great too, they're all hand picked from the top 10% of captains so you get good officers to work with.

    CDT Militello, if you want to get anything in rail you pretty much have to go reserve. Water, put in for Ft Eustis, I have 2 other LT buddies that I went to TBOLC with who are with rapid port deployment and the other is a PL in a heavy boat company. And like CL said, you won't be commanding any vessels, but you can go with them on missions and what not if you wish do to do so, for the most part that is.

    Anyone looking for a good base to go to, put in for Ft Story VA, it is right on VA Beach, it is awesome there.
  • CDT Bardouille
    1/27/2014 1:23 PM
    Thanks a lot LT, I appreaciate you taking time off to reply. This information is really useful. Have a good one and all the best in your career.
  • Nathanael Agront
    2/6/2014 9:44 PM
    Can anyone tell me about the CAD (Call to Active Duty) program? Based on my research, I understand that I would have to wait till I am a Captain. Is this a real option or just another unicorn?


    CDT Agront

    "Tip of the Spear"
  • Justin
    2/13/2014 10:33 PM

    I will be attending TBOLC this summer. I have two questions. Ifs it discouraged to bring your spouse with you? Also, lets say I want to bring my camper to save money, could I stay in my camper instead of housing?

    Justin H.
  • CL
    2/14/2014 7:37 AM
    @Justin H.

    I will answer both of your questions in one answer. While at TBOLC, you will stay at Fort Lee lodging. There is no cost to you as it is centrally billed to the Army. Regarding your spouse, it is not discouraged, but if you both stay in lodging there will be a $5 per day charged to you. If you bring your spouse, let them know when you check in. there are suites available for SMs that bring their family.

    Don't bring a camper. You won't be saving anything and I don't even think you can technically "live" in it on post.
  • Ian
    2/18/2014 2:33 PM
    Forgive me if the answer to my question is obvious, but I have been trying to figure out which ACU unit patch I will need to have when I report for BOLC. I read in an old general information letter from ALU that, "The following patches are considered acceptable: Follow-on unit, ALU school patch, assigned Division Patch." Where would I be able to purchase the ALU school patch?
  • CL
    2/19/2014 8:09 AM

    You are authorized to where your current unit patch, follow-on unit patch, or the ALU patch. The ALU patch is able to be purchased at the PXtra in the schoolhouse or at the local clothing and sales. You could also ask around. There are many outgoing students who will often have extras.
  • Ian
    4/27/2014 5:16 PM
    Is there a FY14 memo for the training holiday schedule? I would like to fly a guest to visit me for 4th of July weekend and am wondering if it is a three- or four-day weekend for students at ALU.
  • AnaMaria
    6/27/2014 3:12 AM
    Will to start i am the rotc program but my boyfriend is at fresno state. We talk about the future after hes done and he wants to get married right after hes done and hopefully goes into the airforce but my question is what would that first yr after completely rotc will be like for us. If were married will i be allowed to go with him as soon as he leaves?.
  • CDT Militello
    7/28/2014 4:07 PM

    I'm a current ROTC cadet who just finished LDAC this summer and am looking to branch Transportation. I live in Orlando, FL and have been researching Army Reserve units in the Central Florida area. Would anyone be able to assist me with defining whether or not any of the following units are sea (or, maritime) units?

    0081 TC DET (TRAIL TFR PT)
    0347 REGT 3 BN (TS) (CS/CSS)
    0641 CS GRP HHD RSG
    0119 CH DET

    If not, would you possibly have another point of contact for me to reference or get in touch with about this? Thank you.

    CDT Militello, Adam
  • LT R
    9/22/2014 5:50 PM
    I was hoping for some clarification regarding lodging with a spouse. So, if I bring my spouse I will be able to lodge at Ft. Lee for an additional $5/day? Does this mean that I will not be able to collect BAH. Also, are pets allowed at the Ft. Lee lodging?
  • J
    9/22/2014 6:00 PM
    Yes. You will still receive BAH. You're BAH will be rated for fort lee since you're spouse will be in ft lee. It's like 1200. No Pets allowed

  • lt r
    9/22/2014 6:53 PM
    Also, does the military pay to transport my vehicle and belongings?
    11/14/2014 10:02 PM
    Well i guess i'm one of the ones that has filed a claim for boots in country agent orange vietnam may-june 1972 danang. My job was to deliver two five ton trucks to arvn units danang vietnam.We went in under fire and before i got the trucks off they got outta there quick. Don't much blame them they didn't want to get hit with enemy fire..
    They worded it on my DD-214 . SERVED IN VIETNAM ON OR AFTER 5 AUG.1964 . They show i received Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal , and Vietnam Service Medal . For some odd reason they didn't like the way it was worded on my DD-214 so they asked me to get a letter from someone i served with that knew i went to vietnam and i got them two letters from my cpl. over me and a friend i served with that is now post commander at the american legion lynn mass. . That wasn't good enough they needed more. So i contacted payroll in cleveland ohio and they sent me my payroll records and it shows where i received $65.00 for a month of HFP " HOSTILE FIRE PAY" I was told if you got HFP you had to be boots in country. That wasn't enough so i went to national archives and found where my unit motor transport maintenance co. had sent 14 enlisted men to deliver 115 trucks to danang vietnam . I was one of them and that was my duty i delivered two trucks at that time to danang and turned them over to south vietnam units then waited on a flight out that took me to Saigon vietnam for a couple more days. Then caught a flight to okinawa and returned back to my unit MTM CO. Well it seems its not enough to prove my mission and my DD-214 wasn't enough along with all the other evidence they have this rule it says its new but its always been there that is reasonable doubt that if there is any reason to doubt it then it should go to the claiment . I guess thats about where i'm at with this and what i need is if anyone can help me and they heard about this truck shipment and can help prove this delivery. THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP YOU MIGHT HAVE FOR ME. KENNETH D. SNYDER that would be danang vietnam last of may and first part of june 1972 around terminal and hanger at danang vietnam
  • 2LT Mundo
    5/22/2015 4:53 PM
    Quick question,
    I go to BOLC in a couple months, does anyone have the correct link to the online travel training required before BOLC? it says on my orders this link does not work and I can't find the online training anywhere, thanks.
  • 2LT Stembridge
    8/11/2015 11:13 AM
    I saw the comment earlier about receiving BAH even if my wife comes with me. However will we have to provide a lease or agreement to get BAH or will we get it just because we are married?
  • Cadet
    10/8/2015 10:08 AM
    I have a quick question about BOLC. I am going active duty and will commision in May, 2016. I have a unique opportunity to take a one year masters program abroad in Counter Terrorism. I would be finished by June, 2017. Is it possible to delay my BOLC date this long? I understand some cadets go as early as a few weeks after they graduate and others as late as a year. Thank you for your time.
  • Cadet M
    11/22/2015 9:53 PM
    I have a question that has already been answered, but the answer was given in 2012 and I am worried that the regulations may have changed. I graduate and commission on May 25th of this year and shortly after I will be getting married. Will I be able to bring my wife with me to TBOLC and will we be able to collect BAH? Thank you for your time.
  • 2LT Stembridge
    11/23/2015 7:02 PM
    Yes I am here at TBOLC now and all they ask for is a copy of your marriage certificate then you'll be able to receive BAH. You can also bring your wife if you want, there is no longer a charge to have them stay here. The only problem is that it is just a normal hotel room that they pay for here but if both of you are fine with living in a hotel room for 4 months then that's cool.
  • Cadet M
    11/24/2015 12:46 AM
    2LT Stembridge,

    Thank you for your response. I think my wife and I would like to find an apartment near Fort Lee to stay at while I'm at BOLC, rather than staying at the hotel. Do you know of any apartments near Fort Lee that officers in my situation generally like?
  • Officer Candidate
    1/18/2016 7:29 PM
    Does anyone know what the time is between OCS and BOLC? I am also trying to get married after OCS graduation
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  • LT S
    1/21/2016 4:01 PM
    Officer Candidate,

    I'm in the National Guard. About 3 weeks before we commissioned we met with our RNCO and went over potential BOLC dates and selected the one that worked best for us.
  • 2LT
    3/4/2016 2:05 PM
    OC, I'm also NG. I graduated OCS, came home, drilled a few months, then picked a TBOLC date. So I'm going to TBOLC about 5-6 months after OCS. As for the active duty OCs most went to their respective BOLCs the week after graduating. The IBOLC guys moved into their apartments the week of graduation.

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