2013 Appointments

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  1. 13ryan13

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    I recently received a Congressional Nom, and along with the Letter of Assurance I have, that should mean I should be receiving my appointment! (if I am understanding this whole crazy process correctly) Does anybody else have both yet? This is as good a time as any to start making friends for the big, bad BEAST. I know for a fact none of my current friends will be there… they are all going to those boring ole' state colleges :biggrin:
     
  2. btown13

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    same boat as you. and same with friends. i know a kid who's a junior right now who wants to go but that won't really matter next year
     
  3. 13ryan13

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    That's awesome... cant wait till BCT... actually I can but Oh Well... its all part of the process. I wish I knew more about what they actually go through at BCT because as far as I'm concerned, its nothing but yelling and push-ups.. They say there is time for fun but I dont see how that is humanly possible during a program like that
     
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    well from what i understood talking to current cadets, its a lot of physical training in the morning, but later in the day you have lots of academic and other tests so they know what classes to put you in. during 1st BCT you also learn most things about military life and customs, along with a bunch of AF specific stuff. 2nd BCT (out in Jack's Valley) is definetly one of the hardest things you will ever do in life, but everyone always says its a blast too. so really ur opinion of BCT just depends on the person and their outlook. if you look forward to it, then it wont be as bad as it could be or as bad as some say it is. but thats what ive heard. obviously i havent been through it yet so take what i'm saying with a grain (or probably more) of salt
     
  5. SpaceGirl2013

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    btown13 & ryan13...Hi, I guess I'll be meeting you guys in BCT. I received my appointment earlier this month. BCT sounds hard, but I think I can do it. Challenging, but rewarding. Are you guys going to orientation? I am trying for the 13th & 14th of April.
     
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    all BCT is: yelling, pushups, flutter kicks, running, learning a lot of stuff, more physical exercise, intramurals( the "fun" time), and more crazy beat sessions. oh, and learning how to make your bed really well...in the dark. you are so exausted, you will learn to sleep standing up at attention.
     
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    SpaceGirl, I think that's when I am going. I'm excited to get my boots...:biggrin:
     
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    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    I'm actually pretty excited about BCT.. I think. I'm always up for a challenge; the only scary thing is, I don't know what kind of challenge I'm getting into. But so far, sounds like around 4 of us are in for sure so far. Thats awesome. I'm definitely going to orientation (also to get boots), but I honestly haven't even thought of which session. Can somebody compare/contrast Orientation to Summer Seminar? I went to SS, but idk what orientation is all about. (Oh, and nice countdown packermatt)
     
  10. af2012

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    SS is a minor intro to the Academy. the Doolie for a Day thing is TOTALLY not like how it really is. at orientation, most of the first day is briefings, then you leave your parents and get picked up by some random cadet. this is after class, so you just chill with them for the evening, watch them do homework. then the next day, you go to class with them. that's pretty much it. it's nice because you get to meet some of the upperclassmen. i still talk to my 'host' and the other people i met in her squad that night. I ended up in the squad she was in last year. so i already knew a few upperclassmen.
     
  11. btown13

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    i think im going to go the 20th and 21st. in illinois all juniors have to take the ACT and PSAE that wednesday and thursday (23 & 24), while the rest of the high school gets those days off. So that week i will only go to school on friday. how nice...but i agree i can't wait to get back there. i went in mid september just to visit and that was a great experience so this should be even better
     
  12. SpaceGirl2013

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    I'm definately going to get my boots too. I did SS too (first session, when did you go ryan13?) Thats ow I feel about BCT too. Ready for the challenge but afraid because I don't know what the challange is.
     
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    packermatt7 USAFA Cadet

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    I visited middle of September, too. Was it a Monday?
     
  14. 13ryan13

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    Space Girl, I was in Session A... Element C1 with ole Scotty Balcoa... u?
     
  15. btown13

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    nope. the friday before the utah game, which was also a lot of fun. i think it was the 19th and 20th
     
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    actually it was even better because it was the "cadet for a day" thing with make a wish. and also after classes that day there was a formation and a little ceremony to honor those academy grads who had died in the last year, culmination with a missing man f-16 formation fly-over, where one went totally vertical with afterburners right over the cadet area. it was pretty awesome
     
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    Can you guys tell me what the deal is with the boots? I thought you were to show up to basic training with just the clothes on your back.

    Also, can you tell me about orientation in April? What is it, is it mandatory, etc.?
     
  18. af2012

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    you don't have to buy boots before, it's optional. I didn't and never had any problems with breaking them in during basic. i never had any blisters either. there is a transition period where you will be alternating between boots and tennis shoes to getting your feet and boots used to it. And if you buy your boots ahead of time, that's over $100 that you spent, or you can wait for a few months and just be issued them. you want to take as little stuff to Basic as you can, because you will be running all over with it, carrying it in your left hand, along with the other ton of stuff they issue that day. Everything can get real heavy, real fast. I showed up with the bare minimum, which is pretty much just paperwork and whatever personal items you need (hygine stuff).

    Orientation is not mandatory. You get to spend the first day doing briefings about the Academy, then you go spend the night and next day with a cadet. it is here when a lot of people decide if the Academy is the right place for them or not. I already knew it was for me because I did a tour my sophomore year, and Summer Seminar Junior year. I would highly recommend orientation even if you have been to the Academy before, because you get to meet a lot of upperclassmen, and see how the Academy works after Recognition. this is important because if you want to "look" at the chapel or fountains or mountains or anything besides the person in front of you, go to orientation, or you will get busted during Basic for gazing.
     
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    2013 USAFA Appointments

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  20. SpaceGirl2013

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    I was in element C-6, session A of SS
     

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