BGO did not show up?

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  1. runorrun

    runorrun Member

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    So I had my BGO interview scheduled for today at my house, but after over half an hour, he still has not showed up. The interview was actually set for last week, but he called about an hour and a half before saying he did not feel well. I called him today 20 min. after our scheduled time but got voicemail. What should I do now? I plan on emailing him tomorrow morning about it. Is he trying to avoid me? I have everything submitted except DoDMERB (just got letter today), transcript, counselor, and English teacher evals.
     
  2. osdad

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    What should you do? You already did it. You left the voicemail and you send the email. You are learning a lesson that will serve you well in your future career as a naval officer: you cannot control those above you.

    You have plenty of time. Yes I understand that you want to have your application complete but there's little difference between getting it in in August vs Sept.

    Focus on what you can control - are your nomination packages complete? Are you studing for the SAT? Are you having any fun this summer?
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I'm sure he's not trying to avoid you. My guess is that something unexpected occurred or he simply forgot. He shouldn't forget and he should let you know in the event of a late conflict. However, BGOs are human and make mistakes/stuff happens -- there could have been a last-minute emergency, for example.

    You did the right thing. Give it a couple of days and see what transpires.
     
  5. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    I disagree. In this day and age of technology, there is no reason barring a severe medical emergency that should prevent a phone call. And even with that, a call or contact should be made as soon as reasonably possible.

    Every case is different, and this BGO may have a good reason, but if he got orders, made other plans, had car trouble, or some other part of life crept up on him he should have called even if he had to borrow a phone.

    I think too often we excuse bad form blaming it on the needs of the Navy or the whims of a superior. The interview is VERY important to this kid. Good luck to you young man, I hope it all works out for you. All IMHO.
     
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    One is not always in range of a cell phone tower when the car breaks down.... or even when the car doesn't break down. There are plenty of reasons for being unable to call. Or perhaps the interviewee had the date wrong. WHile I agree with the spirit of your post, this thing needs to play out. I expect we'll find it's something reasonable.
     
  7. runorrun

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    osdad: Thank you for the advice! I will definitely turn this situation into a lesson learned. My nomination packages are complete and sent in. I took the SAT and ACT both twice, and yes! My friends, hockey, paintball, and nights playing hostage have made this summer incredible.

    LineInTheSand: That is what I am thinking, too. As for that music video, I am guessing that is exactly what the Navy is like? Haha ;)
     
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    usna1985: That is similar to what I addressed in the voicemail. I completely understand last-minute emergencies, so I am trying not to freak out about this. I guess the toughest part really is waiting!

    Maplerock, kinnem: I guess now all I can do is wait. Thank you for your support!
     
  9. runorrun

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    Update: It all got sorted out! Interview will be coming up later this week. Thank you all for your responses!
     
  10. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    If someone has repeated issues following through as a BGO, that person shouldn't be a BGO. Plain and simple. Yes, emergencies happen every day, to many many people. It's probably safe to say, this isn't an emergency, or an issue of repeated cell signal dead zones.

    If this is someone's FIRST taste of what the USNA has to offer, it's a piss-poor taste. BGOs, follow through or get lost. :rolleyes:
     
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    Without regard to this particular situation, since I do not know the circumstances, I certainly agree with that! :thumb:
     
  12. Maplerock

    Maplerock Proud to be an American

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    LITS +1
     
  13. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Would love to hear how this story ended. Beware of judging prematurely. What if the BGO passed away? Seriously.

    The above said, I agree that most situations do allow for appropriate notice to candidates and, if there was not a legitimate explanation, then a report to the Area Coordinator might be in order.
     
  14. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    BGOs who pass away should also not be BGOs (they also never call back).

    When I got to DC I emailed a local rink to join the hockey league. I hadn't heard anything for awhile and eventually discovered the guy I emailed had died.

    Rare, but it does happen (just remember Dances With Wolves).
     
  15. runorrun

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    Whoa. That is a scary thought to think about . He had simply forgotten about it, but we're all human :). We rescheduled for another day this week, and he did show up, alive and well thank goodness! The interview itself was not too bad, and it was interesting to speak with him about his USNA experience and learn more about the whole process. He was really helpful in answering my questions, too!
     

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