i would agree that you should try to take it as the seasons change, rather than the height of fall or spring. the Army doenst even offer the course for 3 months out of the year because it get so hot down in Texas.
it is good times, though. nothing like living in a 12-man (and woman) hutment to make one greatful for the comforts of my two-man stateroom on my carrier! i really did have a pretty good time getting to know some other guys from around the armed services. marching around in the field with a ruck sack and a gas mask was made all the better by some of the great moulage done for the different mass casualty exercises.
getting to go into downtown San Antonio and enjoying the riverwalk after a good long week of being in the great outdoors is a sweet end. plus you get taught by some solid Navy Corpsman (along with some AF and Army medics), so you cnat go wrong there.
Are all Navy dentists required to go or is it just part of AEGD? I'm looking forward to it and don't want to miss the opportunity.
As military training goes, it's actually pretty fun. It's usually put on by combined armed forces. If you are in the AGD, you may be required to go as part of the course work. Otherwise it is up to your individual unit to write the orders and fund your trip. For Army dental on the HRC website this used to be under courses, next to airborne etc. (not sure why a dentist needs to go airborne, but hey jumping out of a perfectly good airplane on someone elses dime is not always a bad idea).
Do they still put chest tubes in Goats, or is that not PC anymore?
A good experience, if you have the opportunity you should definately do it.