The purpose of this post is to consolidate updates to the Total Force Officer Training (TFOT) course. I am trying to keep the first section as a summary to consolidate what we know, and the second section for the actual first-hand accounts. Either way, we will know a lot more once the classes start in June.
- Classes 17-05 and 17-06 (April to June 2017) are the last classes under the old format. The old format started with Total Force Indoctrination Training (TFIT) and ended with TFOT.
- TFIT was 5 Training Days (TD), TFOT was 42 TDs for a grand total of 47 TDs (9.5 weeks).
- The new course will be implemented for 17-07 and 17-08 (June – August 2017) and later.
- The new course is dropping TFIT but will keep TFOT. TFOT will still be 42 TDs (closer to 8.5 weeks).
- What cadets learned during TFIT is not being removed, it is being incorporated into the TFOT curriculum.
- The ropes course has been removed.
Det 12, Class 17-05:
As per the MTI’s, they’re getting rid of splitting up TFIT/TFOT. They’re not getting rid of the skills you learn at TFIT (marching), but it will no longer be two separate programs. The material taught at TFIT will likely be shortened by a few days.
They’re making the program as a whole 1-2 weeks shorter. They are cutting out a lot of the downtime and making some of the lessons computer-based. From what I understand, Cadets will likely be assigned a few of those tests before they arrive at OTS. The MTI’s have said they may also put together a how-to marching guide/video for Cadets to look at before they get here. The ropes course will be removed, as it was too expensive to maintain.
We phased up incredibly quickly here, and that seems to be to our cadets correcting one another. Key areas of interest are giving greetings of the day, saluting, moving with a sense of urgency, keeping bearing, standardization, and generally looking out for one another.