I'm getting ready to start Week 4 of IBOLC. I'm counting down the days already. If anyone has any questions, post them here. I'll reply how I can.
Free time is short here. Out on the range or in the field you get lots of free time waiting, but actually free off time is short after the first two weeks and once you start hitting the field weeks.
I will say that I've adapted to carrying a standard packing list in my ruck, plus IBA and ACH stuff inside as well as an additional 2 quarts of water and an extra camel back quite well. They denied my request to hire a sherpa though.
My cadre are pretty good. They are honest and up front. Our ruck marches with all that load are at the air assault pace. Prior to our first four mile ruck our Platoon Trainer said verbatim "Gentlemen, this is going to be a traumatic event for all of you. A lot of weakness is going to come out. Do your best and give it your all and you'll be fine".
What I dont like and have a hard time with is the grey area of being in between a trainee and an adult. There are times when we're treated like adults/junior officers and in a split second that will change and we're practically back to privates or Officer Candidates again.
The course is expensive too. Theres a lot of stuff my platoon trainers have mandated we buy. I'm out about $600 - $700 or so and we were told to bring $200 for this stuff.