Away games

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  1. LadderdaddyO

    LadderdaddyO Founding Member

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    I just had the pleasure of watching Navy take down Notre Dame in a close game. I noticed that there was a good amount of midshipman in the crowd. My question is how do the USNA mids get to the away games and do they have to pick up the whole tab?
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Funny because my husband and I were just talking about this today - like if our son was a year older and at Navy this year, would he have been able to go? I'm not sure how it works at Navy, but at West Point they were called "trip sections" and you pretty much signed up for them. Rank had priority (so firsties would get to go before plebes) - for a trip section from WP to Syracuse to watch girls volleyball, probably anyone would get to go. For the AF football game in Colorado, you probably wouldn't get to go if you weren't a firstie or 2nd class. Usually travel was by military planes or buses, and the fees were very minimal (keep in mind this was 25 years ago, but I want to say we normally paid like $40 for a trip) including hotel and transportation and tickets in the cadet section (if it was a football game). Food was on your own dime.

    I'll be interested to see what people say this is like today!
     
  3. Miidaangg

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    There are lots of ways that midshipmen can go on these MOs or Movement Orders. Plebes were not allowed to sign up until like the 3rd away game. Or I think it was after 6 weeks. I'm not sure because I haven't gone on any of the football MOs. Drum and Bugle corps and Cheerleading are always on the MOs though. Firsties and Second Class get to sign up first and youngsters and plebes usually get last picks. They usually have a limited number of spots available and the tickets to the games are usually ten dollars.
    You sign up for the MO and some games you have to provide own transportation whether it be by bus, plane, car, etc. but the academy typically reimburses from $50 to $200 for travel and I think some for hotel fare too.
    Army Navy game is free though :)

    Beat ARMY!
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  4. marvin7794

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    I tried to go on all of the MO's every single year. For close games (Rutgers) mids are bussed. Upperclass can drive. The Academy used to subsidize air travel - don't know if this is true anymore. I was at ND in 07. Southwest Airlines to Chicago Midway with 6 other guys in my company. Stayed at a friends house. Good thing they had bunk beds.
     
  5. jennyp

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    Gosh, marvin, we do have something in common. We are enthustiac, well actually, RABID, college football fans.:thumb:
     
  6. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    I think the best MO that I went on was to the Navy/Air Force game in 2006. Flew military air to Colorado Springs, stayed with a sponsor cadet, toured USAFA's facilities and talked to other cadets, got to see the exchange MIDN (we had 3 in my class from my company), all at no cost, and of course, we won! A great weekend to leave USNA.

    The only regret is that I didn't go to the ND/Navy game in 2007.
     
  7. Kero

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    My question is if there is an MO to hawaii this year, that would have been awesome as a mid.
     
  8. wannabe2013

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    There is but you would have to pay your own way. They're aren't reimbursing anyone for it.
     
  9. usna2012mom

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    Last year, my son's company got to pick an away game to attend. They picked IL, because it was Tues before Thanksgiving. They were on leave as soon as the game was over. USNA bussed them to game. Son stayed at a friends house with a bunch of other mids.
    This year they were offered ND. Originally, the entire company was offered the MO, but later changed to not include Plebes. They again were bussed. They were responsible for lodging fees. He is on bus now headed back to Annapolis.
    They were hoping to be offered the chance to vote again, because they all would have voted for Hawaii!
     
  10. marvin7794

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    By chance was your son in the Color Company. If i remember correctly, the color company was offered this option. This wasn't a choice for the other 3800 Midshipmen.
     
  11. usna2012mom

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    Yes, he is in color company. They were also the company that lined the field for President Bush last year at Army/Navy game.
     

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