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  1. FightOnToVictory

    FightOnToVictory Candidate Appointee

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    I bought my boots straight from Belleville before they changed the instructions for the candidates offered admission that now says we will be issued boots. The boots I got are the Army approved ones. Can I still bring them since they are pretty much broken in already,:scratch: or will I have to still get 2 pairs when I get there?
     
  2. icelander27

    icelander27 USMA Cadet

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    I'm in the same boat as you. I will probably bring mine, but may end up having them shipped out for the academic year instead.
     
  3. Just_A_Mom

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    You can bring them. If they are Approved for Beast (not just Army) AND they fit properly - you can probably wear them. Otherwise they will go into storage. My understanding is they didn't issue the boot letter because the boots really don't need breaking in and a lot of New Cadets showed up with boots that didn't fit properly.
    It is much more important to break your feet into low quarters than boots.
     
  4. icelander27

    icelander27 USMA Cadet

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    Thanks Mom. :wink:

    Do you know which boots are approved for Beast? I have the ones made by Belleville.
     
  5. rltw194

    rltw194 New Member

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    sorry but im a little confused lol so we only need to bring the low quarters to R-Day and no boots? also how did you find out about the change in directions? thanks
     
  6. SpartanShock117

    SpartanShock117 Candidate

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    I had the same question, I called West Point, and they told me that this year new cadets should not come with boots. The person I talked to told me only to go buy low quarters
     
  7. icelander27

    icelander27 USMA Cadet

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    I still wanted to pick up my own set of boots. I was thinking of just leaving them in the box of stuff I'm having my parents ship me for when the academic year starts.
     
  8. mom3boys

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    The local podiatry college will come and fit boots for your class to be sure you get the correct size. The boots break in very quickly (unlike the shoes). There's no need to buy your own boots.
     
  9. FightOnToVictory

    FightOnToVictory Candidate Appointee

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    I already bought them. My question is can I bring them with me?
     
  10. rltw194

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    ok so did USMA send out a letter say this or what?
     
  11. buff81

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    In the "Instructions for Candidates Offered Admission," under "New Cadet Footwear," it says that the cadets will be issued boots on R-Day.:thumb:
     
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    rltw194 New Member

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    lol thanks
     
  13. Just_A_Mom

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    Icelander - my daughter got Belleville's last year. I thought the box was still kicking around with the number on it but I can't find it.
    If you call your Regional Commander he can tell you if you have the correct boots.
    Otherwise - just have them issued to you at Beast.
     
  14. icelander27

    icelander27 USMA Cadet

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    I was just reading through the "Information for New Cadets and Parents" packet and it said that:

    "To condition your feet so as to minimize blisters, you should begin your CBT preperation now. You should purchase two pairs of Army-issue (ACU) boots. You are now authorized to purchase low-quarter shoes and pumps at any AAFES."

    Does this make sense to anyone? In one information packet it says not to get boots before R-day and in this one it says to buy boots but it doesn't say anything about being authorized to buy them. In the section on what to bring it doesn't say anything about bringing boots either.
     
  16. DiLa

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    This is a what the Directorate of Communications"said in an email on the listserv and I quote "By now you should have received your Parent's Almanac.
    There was a letter with that document that alludes to another document
    -"Information for New Cadets".
    It has now been posted on the Candidate Log In portal.

    The document posted has a few errors. Please wait for an update version. It
    should be posted by Tuesday or Wednesday latest.
    As always, thanks for your patience!":thumb: Hope that clears things up a bit!!:wink:
     
  17. edhvoice

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    New information Hot off the Press

    The West Point Parents site on Facebook contains a message dated today (9 Mar 10) that states:

    "Last year we (West Point) decided not to recommend purchasing boots before R Day. The decision was made based on the fact that indeed there is a reduced break in time for the tan boots vs. the old black leather boots that were required (a few years back). However, after the summer and lots of blisters, blood and just plain old foot problems due to ... See Morenot wearing boots that were broken in, we have reverted back to recommending that candidates purchase boots and wear them before they arrive. This way they will get their feet accustomed to wearing this type of footwear and also with the hope of minimizing any foot issues over the course of their summer training. Add to that if they come with one pair, they will be issued a second pair so they can alternate. Boot letter should be coming to your candidate's portal soon."
     
  18. Grannie

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    Okay, this is the quote from page 8 of the booklet, Instructions for Candidates Offered Admission, under the heading New Cadet Footwear.

    "In mid-March, cadet candidates will be able to download and print a letter from the “2nd Admissible” on the candidate portal authorizing the purchase of one pair of boots, one pair of low quarters (no patent leather), and, for females, one pair of women’s pumps from Army Air Force Exchange System (AAFES) Military Clothing Sales Stores. This will allow prospective cadets to properly prepare and break in their footwear at their leisure before coming to West Point."

    Regarding the low-cut black shoes. . ."Candidates should wear one pair of
    comfortable, well-fitting, inexpensive, black leather laced shoes with plain toe and rubber heel when reporting to West Point. You will wear these until you are issued
    the regulation cadet shoe (military low quarter) from Logistics Support Services Organization. Candidates should also bring/wear any orthotics currently used."

    With that in mind, we are going to drive to WP (because we are close) to purchase the boots and shoes so hopefully they will fit. We would have to purchase the inexpensive shoes anyway 'cause unless they were in JROTC, what teen has a pair like that, anyway. Doing that will give him the opportunity to break them in as well as have a "good" pair, the boots 'n shoes he is issued at R-day. Normally, his shoes fall into 3 categories, the good, the bad, and the ugly (which are always his favorites).

    Also, the "2nd Admissable Mailings", which is to include the now infamous boot letter, have not been posted on the portal as of a few minutes ago. It is my understanding that ideally we should anticipate receiving a hard-copy via regular mail before the "Admissable Mailings" appear on the portal. It is also my understanding that if your schedule provides that you are going shopping before the boot letter is available, you may receive a copy by emailing your request to Ms. Dalton. (She'll "kill us" if we inundate her just out of curiosity about the letter. I would believe it's simply an authorization to purchase from a military facility.)
     

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