I’m afraid of the challenge, uncertainty and high stakes at OCS. Is it wrong to be scared?
You’re absolutely right about OCS being perhaps the biggest challenge of your life. The uncertainty and unpredictability of the outcome, and the impact graduation or failure can make on your whole life plan is incredible.
“Fear” may not be the most helpful word, but you should cultivate a healthy respect for the challenge, preparation required, and life-altering commitment it is to succeed at OCS and go on to commission as an officer.
Physically, mentally, spiritually, OCS is designed to test your resolve and gauge your officer potential.
When you arrive at OCS, you may very well experience levels of anxiety approaching panic. To the greatest extent possible, try to reframe that stress as positive energy. “Fight or Flight” will be extremely useful at OCS to help you push through physical exertion and overcome sleep deprivation.
It’s okay to fear the challenge and uncertainty, but understand your response, accept your stress level, and channel your energy in a beneficial way.