May 6, 2010

OCS Graduation

The OCS Graduation ceremony was a couple of days after the formal. Even though it was a long graduation (longer than my college graduation!) it wasn't dull by any means. Of course, I cried when they played the Army song (the one on the commercials. always does it to me.) Actually, I was pretty misty the entire time. I was so proud of SoldierMan, and so excited that this stage was finally over.

It was a generic graduation that I know you don't really care for details about, but there was one thing I just wanted to share. See, my parents and SoldierMan's mom and sister and family came. And we're all taking up an entire row on our own, all of us with our cameras. And a couple of rows behind us is this woman with two babies (probably 6 months and 18 months, not twins). Anyway, if one of them wasn't screaming, the other was. And people tried not to turn around and look, but sometimes you just can't help it. And I kept wondering, Why isn't her mother helping her out? She's trying to wrestle with two babies and a video camera.... and then I realized the people she was sitting with weren't her family. She was by herself. And I felt really bad, because normally, if I was there for ANYONE but SoldierMan, I would have put down my camera and gone back and offered to hold a kid or the camera or whatever. But I just couldn't risk missing him. I whispered to my dad that she looked like she was by herself. My dad said, "Well, I'll tell Mom to go help her out. After all, we're one big Army family now!" (I love my dad!) And my mom - who would do the same for a crying baby in Walmart, no lie - saw this as her green light and made a bee-line for the woman and took her little baby so she could go to the front and video her soldier walking across the stage and receiving his Lieutenant-cy. The baby didn't stop screaming, oh no! :) But at least the lady got a good video out of it.

Anyway, here are the pictures:


SoldierMan getting the dummy certificate (they were given their real certificates beforehand).

Remember all that anxiety I had about the pinning? Pointless. On the new ASUs, you don't pin rank on. You put on or change the shoulderboards, which display the rank. These are the shoulderboards they were required to buy and wear through OCS until graduation. They have a piece of cloth covering the rank. After graduation, instead of pinning on the rank, you cut off the cover. It actually worked out great, I got to cut two seams, his mother did one and my dad did one.

Putting the butterbar on his beret, the only pin you actually put on, which, of course, I got to do. And then he "fixed" it because he said I didn't get it on straight. Whatever. :)

The first salute of an Army officer to an enlisted member. In this tradition, a silver dollar is given to the first service member that the new officer salutes. SoldierMan and his BIL (an AF recruiter) planned this very moment for months.

Here we are!

My parents, us, and SoldierMan's Mom

SoldierMan's sister and her family

So there you have it! OCS graduation in all it's finery. :)

SoldierMan comes home tomorrow!! We pack over the weekend, ship our stuff off, have some time with family and friends over the next week and then head out some time next weekend. Wow! I can't believe it's already here!

16 comments:

  1. Phew I cant believe its here already either, I remember when you were just talking about the process and now you are about to move! Yay for seeing him again tomorrow too!

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  2. I love all the pictures! Congrats again to you both!! :) Your family is just too sweet to help about the lady with her babies. Oh and the shoulderboards....wait until you have to put them on when he gets promoted to 1LT they are a pain haha.

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  3. I am so happy for the two of you!! Congratulations again, sounds like you both had a wonderful time. Good luck with the move, I hope it all goes as smooth as possible.

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  4. congrats! im sure youre very proud of him!!

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  5. Great pics!! It does seem like time is flying.

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  6. Awesome story, your mom is so sweet! Good luck with all the packing/move =)

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  7. Great pictures! You look beautiful and I know your so proud!!

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  8. Congratulations to both of you! LOVE the pictures!

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  9. That was so sweet of your mom. I always wonder if someone like that wants help or if they would find it offensive.

    Funny thing about pinning rank, when my husband made captain, the ceremony was outside in ACUs. He was in a Cav unit so we changed the rank on his stetson. I knew I was going to have issues juggling the stetson, old rank and new rank and my husband couldn't help because he had to stand at attention. I dropped his rank in front of all of our college friends, old buddies from previous deployments and of course 4 platoons of men. It was so embarassing. No one said anything, thank goodness.

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  10. Can you tell I'm a total emotional wreck today? I cried during this post. Like really hard. Congrats to your man and for you being so strong while he's gone!

    ♥ Mrs. S.

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  11. Yay for it being over!! You looked gorgeous, of course!

    That was so sweet of your mama! :)

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  12. Congratulations to you and your new 2LT!

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  13. Wow, that looks much nicer than Joe's AIT graduation!!! =) Glad you had a good time. I totally love that your mom helped that lady with her kids. True Oklahoman right there. Lol! Good luck with the move, and I hope you have a good time with your family.

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  14. Super cute photos! That was nice of your family to help out the woman with her kids.

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  15. That's really cool. Thanks for sharing the story and photos with us. And congrats to you and SoldierMan!
    Good luck with next week, too!!

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  16. Hello! I'm slowly making my way through the MilSpouse blog hop and wanted to say hello and thanks for following! I'm a new follower, too. Great photos!

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