AOG / WEBGUY

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  1. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Member

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    Can anyone give me some insight about whether or not it is worth the price of $36 a month to join the AOG and gain access to webguy photos. Do they just post scores of random shots and you have to fish through them to find your cadet? Do they filter the shots of your cadet for you and archive an album of photos for you? How does it work and is it worth the monthly membership dues?
     
  2. Hodge

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    I'm going to speak for my mom here. As a parent she said it is highly worth it!!! It was the greatest money spent so far at the academy and I enjoyed seeing the pictures too even if it was tears/snot from the gas chamber. It is just randomly shot so parents are known to spend hours on the site going through the pictures looking for their son or daughter. I believe you get a username and password then when going through the pictures you can save ones you want to keep to your personal album to download. Hopefully that explains it.
     
  3. Tommyboy

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    Thanks for the clarification Hodge.
     
  4. Blueblood1

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    Definitely worth it. Web guy keeps improving. Last year, they started sorting pics by squad, so it cut down on the random searching a bit. If you join AOG, certain of the memberships (if not all) include web guy, and get you discounts on merchandise, etc., and is overall a good value.
     
  5. Stealth_81

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    It is worth the cost.

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  6. USAFA83GradWife

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    Definitely worth it. Just a warning - you will happily spend hours each night going through those pictures!

    A suggestion: I took the best pictures from BCT and created a photobook with each event - Obstacle course, Assault course, etc. - and an little explanation. It was a well received Christmas present. She said it was better than the BCT yearbook because all the pictures had her in them! Ha! :)

    You can get these made at Shutterfly, etc -- Groupon always has deals
     
  7. Montana Falcon

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    Tommyboy. You mentioned "$36.00 a month" for membership to AOG. Just checked my latest credit card statement and was billed $20.17 for the month. It's been a few years since I joined,
    so maybe there was an additional fee at the head end. Regarding its' worth? As an example, tonight is Ring Dance for the C2C's which is a big event. Webguy will be there in force, taking hundreds of pictures for such Parental "Creepers" as myself. The hardest part is being patient while they post them to the website. As someone else mentioned, you'll end up spending hours looking through pictures to find your Cadet, then download for the digital scrapbook. It's been well worth it for us.
     
  8. jag3

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    It's $36 a month now. You are paying for your family membership and your cadet's also. At least that was what was explained to me.

    I was also told that if we decide to quit it, say after a year, that a portion of what we paid goes towards his life membership.

    The lady I spoke with also wanted me to know that they were not going to have as much access starting this year.

    I look at it like this.....our boy probably eats 300 or more in groceries a month. I will be 250+ to the good. Lol
     
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  9. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    In today's world we have been slowly trained to expect immediate gratification. Think about WWII, Korea, Vietnam Nam, and every war before. Snail mail only. Few pics if any.

    Web guy is great for BCT. After that, it is slim pickins. Even during BCT you'll have to spend hours searching for your Waldo.

    Is it worth it? Matter of opinion. For me, yes, but 4th class year only. Of sourse, $36 a month is nothing for many, but for others..

    I am amazed by the families that go to induction, back for A day, and visit several more times during the year. The cadets go home 3 or 4 times a year too. There is much to be said for letting your child grow up. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?
     
  10. vshun

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    I am with you on it. Nothing after BCT and even BCT was so much hassle to look through. interesting fact it appears photographers were taking several times more photos of girls than boys, especially if she appears to be cute. One girl in my son's squadron probably had 10 times more pictures than him. Whatever. We got about 70 photos total almost all from BCT and will cancel after Jump and gliders are over, in hope there will be a few more. not sure if I would do it again but wife insisted.
    If you noticed, there is no easy way to cancel aog webguy even after 1 year commitment, one needs to call some number and then who knows how long it will take.

    On the other hand, less publicized but IMHO way more useful service is when during BCT you can email letters to your cadet and they are printed and delivered next day. So much easier than to write by hand and then it takes so long for USPS to deliver.
     
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  11. 2019_mom

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    For BCT pictures and for the discount on the merchandise that you are going to buy the first year, it's worth it. I have to say near the end of BCT I was getting pretty tired of playing "where's waldo" but got very good at recognizing my DD ear, back, etc in photos! Now that the first year is almost over and she sends me pictures occasionally, I am going to let my membership lapse. She can get her own membership when she graduates.
     
  12. Maplerock

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    That's right, although that discount doesn't even apply at the visitor center gift shop.

    Another plus of cancelling is that your vision will get back to normal, and your carpal tunnel will feel better. Looking through literally, thousands of photos trying to figure out which skinhead is your can be a strain!
     
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    I believe my parent club membership covers access to webguy ? ... National Capital Area. Can anyone confirm?
     
  14. Stealth_81

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    I can't say for sure about your particular Parents Group, but I doubt it. WAFAPA (The Wisconsin Parents Group) does not include Webguy and I have not heard of any parent groups that have arrangements with the AOG like that.

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  15. flieger83

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    I'm with Stealth_81...the AZ Parents Club membership doesn't cover this; unless they've changed it this year.

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
  16. USAFA83GradWife

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    The AZ Parent Club doesn't do this.
     
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    I still have webguy pictures on my refrigerator from the 2nd day of BCT 1 in 2008!!!!!!! Is it worth it? Oh My Gosh! Worth every penny.

    And, if you happen to have been a helicopter parent, it would be worth twice what you pay. :)
     
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