3 weeks of weapon training, 6 weeks of BOST, 2 weeks of DCT (deployment continuation training), and finally we have finished, with a big fat SAT, My own department got a vsat, dont really care, as long as we didnt have to repeat anything, unlike our poor sister ship, who have to repeat the final two weeks again, and do DCT next year. Its not that BOST, is any harder, in fact compared to when I did it at Portland in '93 its easier. Just 11 weeks of it is harder to swallow than 2 weeks shakedown and 4 weeks of BOST as it use to be. Well did I learn anything new, one thing..... there is another meal in the day, apparently its called Breakfast, wtf is that all about. Is it me or is there some FOSTIES out there who have just completely lost what it is like to be on a ship, and adopted FOST shit. I am quite taken aback by certain Fosties who I knew and served with before they went to FOST, and who have turned completly ****. In the end, do I feel trained, personally no, but what I have seen is the ship's company gel as a team. Is this because of FOST or or in spite of FOST. That really depends on your branch. The Warfareys have really turned from a raw bunch into a team that I would be happy to fight and defend the ship Im in. As part of an engineering department, BOST was a pain in the arse, honestly repairing a single mutli core cable in BA in the dark isnt really teaching me anything. What I did find though, from week to week, were we doing anything different, no, but we would be a Below standard or SAT in week 2/3 but by week 4/5 we are a SAT/VSAT even a GOOD, but in what we did, nothing had seem to have changed. But our FOSTIES are saying,'look we've trained them now, they are so much better because of us', what a load of bollox. Anyways one FOSTY highlighted it all to me on DAY1 WEEK 1 for our MASC(the old staff sea check). 'Here I am 25 yrs done, a W01, and Im kicking Resilient Mounts.....' Anyone with similar moans, or a dit from the point of view of a 'fosty'.