Book Recommendations for Succeeding in NROTC or ROTC ?

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  1. trabi_skoda

    trabi_skoda Member

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  2. navymomwannabe

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    I think the best way to prepare is to run.
     
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    +1 to navymom. Being in tip top shape going in will make PT 'not a problem', and he will not want problems.
    plus, don't over think this. He will be told what to do to succeed. If he does those things, he will succeed. If he chooses to give half - effort, he will not succeed.
    Your son has to have the mind-set that he is "all in." I'm pretty sure a book is not going to do that for him.
    And by the way, if your screen name resembles your real name in any way, you may wish to reconsider using your real name in a public forum/blog such as this.
     
  4. Pima

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    I agree with everyone else.

    I would also say that it could actually have the reverse effect than what is intended. ROTC units will teach them everything they need to know. The true trick to success is nothing different than being successful in the corporate world. Be ready to perform at 110%. Don't make excuses for your mistakes, accept responsibility and learn from them. Be open to every opportunity, even if you don't want to do it.

    The only addition would be make sure they are physically fit. That means running when it is 95 degrees and 98% humidity. It means running in slight rain. It means running at 6 a.m. It also means working on their form for push ups and sit ups. That typically is a problem for some cadets/mids. It is going to be a factor for the PFA if they don't have the proper form because they will exert energy and waste time if the form is wrong since they (cadre) will not count it. It happens every year that several posters will say how many freshmen busted the PFA, and form was usually the reason.
    ~ Many had posted their stats the previous year for the scholarship, and were shocked to see them drop so drastically, eventually they would admit that the administer of the test just counted and did not pay as much attention to the form as they do in ROTC.
     
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    In addition to the comments above, I would add a couple of my own.

    Every unit works differently. I highly doubt a book is going to cover any differences between units, etc. I wouldn't waste my time.

    I'm sure a book might reveal something that ought not be revealed. Sometimes the cadets and midshipmen are surprised or even shocked by something (say something that might occur during orientation). The 'shock' is part of the training. To let someone know it's coming defeats the purpose.
     
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    If excellence could be taught by simply reading a book, then we’d all be equally excellent.
     
  7. EDelahanty

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    Overcome by an intense curiosity, I just went and ordered the book from Amazon. So if you can wait, I'll get to it promptly and let you know what I think. Who knows, it could end up on the shelf next to the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant.
     
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    or lining the bottom of a cat box....
     
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    That will depend on what my dog thinks. If he can get there first, he pre-reviews any package or reading material the mailman leaves on the garage floor.
     
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  10. WorkforJesus

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    I am in the same boat and about to start ROTC in the fall, so I have been looking for some reading material. You may want to check out "Leading with Honor" by Lee Ellis!
     
  11. trabi_skoda

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    Thank you all for the advice. Conditioning is and has been on his agenda. As for my screen name, no worries. These are two of the worst car manufacturers in the history of car manufacturing. I hope no parents ever stick this name on an unsuspecting, innocent child. :)
     
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    Off topic, but just to make posters laugh today. Two names that I will never forget. 1 was birth, 1 by marriage.

    1. Robert Pinse...his parents called him Bobby...yep...Bobby pinse
    2. Ima Fink.

    You can't make that stuff up!
     
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