Originally Posted by Icarus22
Hey, just wanted to say thank you for writing this thread- this is excellent advice. I might be going to COT this summer so this will definitely be helpful!
Just for comparison's sake: I attended the precursor of COT in 1992. Back then it was known as MIMSO: Military Indoctrination for Medical Service Officers.
It was 3 weeks of pure country club. Totally laid-back, no yelling, no mandatory PT, completely laissez-faire. We stayed in the Visiting Officer's Quarters, single occupancy hotel-quality rooms with maid service, etc. Eight hours of sleep each night, with frequent forays into downtown San Antonio. It was on the grounds of the Medina Annex of Lackland AFB, TX.
Throughout the 1990s, as I served in the USAFR, I heard continuous stories of active duty commanding officers complaining about the medical folks, how they were so slovenly, disrespectful, ignorant of basic USAF customs, heritage, and traditions, and completely lacking in "military" mindset. In the late 1990s the USAF decided to tighten the screws, to make the course more "in your face" with the hope it would be a more meaningful and memorable educational experience. At this point they changed MIMSO into COT, and moved it to Maxwell so it would be a parallel course to Officer Training School (pre-commissioning course for line officers who didn't do ROTC or the USAF Academy).
Y'all have fun now.