Annual Hobbs Letter

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  1. Lynpar

    Lynpar Member

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    First, in my biased opinion Kings Point has to be the hardest of the Service Academies.

    The regiment is tough and it's demands are sometimes ridiculous. Athletes are hardly pampered compared to other service academies. Academically you're looking at, on average, 18 credit hours per trimester. Each trimester is 13 weeks long. Compare that to EVERY other academy who has the semester system. You spend 9 trimesters in residence at Kings Point taking academics. Other colleges, academies included only have 8. Then wrap a year of academics into 360 days at sea with no instructors.

    You'll spend a year at sea, traveling around the world. You'll be in a very micro environment with different standards and different people. You'll go to foreign lands and work with some of the smartest and dumbest people ever. Basically, you'll be in the real world learning your trade which is the safe navigation of a vessel, it's crew, and the hundreds of millions of dollars of cargo across an entire ocean. I've never been an ROTC cruise or academy cruise but I suspect it's not the same. The level of responsibility between a young 22-year-old 3rd Mate, fresh out of school, standing watch, at night, in the fog, on a 95,000 ton tanker is quite different from that of a fresh Ensign who is a Division Officer on a navy frigate. To say your better trained coming from Kings Point in terms of shiphandling, navigation, seamanship, all things related to the water, when compared to your USNA/ROTC Counterparts is an understatement. You will have the opportunity to intern with a F/A-18 squadron, or spend a month on a Nuclear Carrier.

    The academics here are difficult, and somewhat narrow. You're not going to find a English or History Major, but on graduation day you'll find 180 new officers who have experience that is under appreciated by them, and incomparable to their ROTC counterparts.

    What does this have to do with Plebe Year? You must be ready physically, and mentally. There have been stronger athletes who have cried and failed in the first day. There have been weaker kids who've made it where that guy failed, and graduated without every approaching PT stud status. Knowing your taking on a superior challenge and knowing you'll leave here with some of the best training available will hopefully give you all something to reach down inside for when you've been brought to the edge and your ready to quit. You'll find new meaning to motivation, spirit, discipline, and pride.

    Indoc is no where near the end. In fact it's the easiest time you'll have here. Guaranteed. Plebe year will test your endurance, morally, mentally, and physically. Your accountable to someone, if not several people at all times. However your only responsible for yourself. Moving through your senior year you may find yourself looking after 150 different people, their welfare, their training. At the end of the four years you'll look back and wonder how it could pass so quickly and transpire so lengthily at the same time. You'll change physically. You'll be sharpened mentally. You'll be hardened morally. And you may not realize any of this until you step out of the gate when you see the type of person you've been molded into in this 4-year crucible stacked up to your 'nasty civilian' counterpart. No, civilians aren't nasty, but you'll definitely experience something that very few people have.

    Kings Point's small size produces one of the best, varied, tight-knit, and powerful alumni anywhere. Kings Point graduates have been to every war. They've been around the world and across the oceans. They've been to space. They've run companies and made millions. Anyone read "Rich Dad, Poor Dad"? They've worked for NATO, the White House, Exxon, you name it. And no one will mean more to you than the guys and girls you came here with and made it through here with. NO ONE makes it through alone.

    Most importantly perhaps, Kings Point is not for everyone. Your going to find a broad variety of people here. Army and Air Force have their future 2nd Lieutenants. Navy and Coast Guard have their future Ensigns. Kings Point has 180 young men and women who came here for 180 different reasons and could be employed doing 180 different things.

    Why am i telling you all this?

    Four years ago i sat where you all sit wondering if i should take the leap. On the 20th of June I'll graduate. A scant 48 days away, after 4 long, sad, strange, wonderful, amazing, painful, short miserable, awesome years. The fine details about plebe year will all come and go before you know it. Enjoy your life now because if you take this journey you'll finish as a different person.

    Good luck.
     
  2. Lynpar

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    I found this letter posted in July of last year by Jamzmom. She said she planned to post it annually until her son got a diploma. Since he graduated in 2010 I decided to pick up the task! Best wishes to all who are starting the adventure at indoc in a mere 10 days. :thumb:
     
  3. cmakin

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    Not to nitpick (the substance IS great), but the confusion between "your" and "you're" just hits me like a spike in the forehead.
     
  4. KP2013Momm

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    Hard to believe that one year has gone by since I read that letter. Thanks for keeping the tradition.
     
  5. Lynpar

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    Cmakin, if you have seen my spelling or that of one of my kids you would downright hurl! Spellcheck made me a functioning person if still an imperfect one. Do you realize crossword puzzles are for spellers? Scrabble is just evil. Thank heavens for Suduko!
     
  6. cmakin

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    Hehehe. I LOVE crossword puzzles. . . . Oh, and "Sudoku", too. You did that last one on purpose. . . . .
     
  7. Lynpar

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    Um, ya. :shake:
     
  8. cmakin

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    Well, I wood halve.
     
  9. Nautilus

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    Thanks for the inspirational letter! I'm ready to go, just have to wait ten days! All ahead flank!:thumb:
     
  10. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    I was once asked what I thought was the best and worst things about my KP experience. I had the same answer for both ... The people. There were some people (almost exclusively employees) who made me wonder if KP was the right choice. Then there are the lifelong friends I've made, those who shared trying times and frustrations with me and will forever be my brothers and sisters.

    Kappa Pi Sigma truly is one big fraternity/family. I got a call from a friend who I hadn't spoke to in about 3 years and haven't seen in 13. You would think we saw each other every weekend.
     
  11. cmakin

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    Yup, couldn't have said it better. Although there ARE a couple of classmates. . . . . . But we all have those.
     
  12. jasperdog

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    Yes you can tell Hobbs never had Capt. Arnold for Plebe Year English like we did "back in the day" eh cmakin? I still remember getting to write my own obituary on day one of Classes in 1978 and getting my first F on day two when it was graded. I never saw more red ink on a single returned page of text I and/or my classmates around me as I did on that second day of classes. I still have no idea as to how I managed a B in that course ... maybe it's because he felt sorry for almost taking my eye out when he pelted me with a chalk laden eraser right before midterms when I was sleeping in class and started snoring. Damn Delano Z-Burgers....:shake:

    But it is a really good letter for content so maybe Capt. Arnold would have given it a "Gentleman's C"...
     
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  13. cmakin

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    There is no stronger narcotic than the combination of Z-Burgers for lunch and Eastwood (Z-wood) for the first afternoon period. It makes me sleepy just to think of it. . . .
     
  14. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    By the time I has Eastwood he was actually entertaining but I didn't learn a lot. It took me eight weeks to figure out there actually was a lesson buried in his ramblings about Star Wars and his ex-wife Diane the b....

    I had a similar eppifany regarding my level of competence in my written language in English II with Wasserman. I recall wondering if she was going to be OK since she must have severed an artery while grading my paper there was so much red on it. It was during that class that I discovered the comma is the most overutilized punctuation mark and I was extremely guilty of the offense.
     
  15. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    By the time I has Eastwood he was actually entertaining but I didn't learn a lot. It took me eight weeks to figure out there actually was a lesson buried in his ramblings about Star Wars and his ex-wife Diane the b....

    I had a similar eppifany regarding my level of competence in my written language in English II with Wasserman. I recall wondering if she was going to be OK since she must have severed an artery while grading my paper there was so much red on it. It was during that class that I discovered the comma is the most overutilized punctuation mark and I was extremely guilty of the offense.
     

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