Boston Consortium NROTC Indoc

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  1. sealion

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    Just got back from my son's official entrance into NROTC at Harvard. They're a great group of kids. Almost all some kind of tech majors. Very articulate and outgoing and from all over the country.

    Some outgoing seniors (no longer 1st class I guess) were present and everyone I met seemed to be going to Pensacola in September.

    It was my first visit to the MIT campus and it's really nice. Some of the buildings are very cool looking and I saw a huge library on Mass Ave. The MIT students I met - non ROTC- were friendly and helpful. Offering advice and directions to an obviously non-local parent.

    The CO is a great guy with loads of experience and insight. He told us about his XO and CO tours.

    The XO is a really dynamic Marine Major. I won't be surprised if many of the kids switch to a Marine option and become Boston sports fans because of him. He has a great Irish wit.

    It was amazing to watch the freshman NROTCers grab each new kid who walked in and do introductions right away. They seemed to bond well as a group.

    Finally got to eat at Legal Seafood and it was as good as everyone says. We ate a Japanese noodle bar too and it was worthwhile as well.
     
  2. jamzmom

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    Very cool you proud mom you! Sounds like he'll enjoy this first year. How many kids are in the unit there?
     
  3. USNA69

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    Many of the career selections are already on their way to duty assignments. Pensacola gets a giant dump each May and many are unable to be scheduled to start until much later. I wouldn't take this as an indication that they "all" are going Aviation.

    Not that you meant that at all. Just didn't want any young midshipman-to-be get the wrong impression.
     
  4. sealion

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    Hey thanks jamzmon! I'll let you know when I get my pictures done.

    I forgot to add that one of the students was recruited from Harvard as a freshman (a beautiful girl - my opinion as a Mom) so she was actually a sophomore.

    There are other good signs on the H campus as well for our ROTC kids.

    One other important thing. The XO thanked us for supporting our kids' desire to serve and be in NROTC. Especially because we are at war. I did need to be reminded of that as I keep thinking it's years in the future for our family.
     
  5. sealion

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    Update: the outgoing seniors I met at Indoc day were heading out to Pensacola for pilot training. Checked w/ another parent.

    The XO served recently in Iraq.

    A Mid who has rejoined the unit this year left Harvard after freshman year and enlisted in the Marines for four years, served in Iraq, and has been readmitted to the unit and Harvard.
     
  6. sealion

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    Son called today. Doesn't mind the food. Got to see a friend (only in formation tho) who is at NWC for NAPS.


    Thinks the world of his NROTC leadership. His Gunnery Sgt served in Somalia and in Iraq (the Battle of Falleujah where he earned his Silver Star.) Was in the first platoon of Marines to go in. Whew.
     
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  7. jamzmom

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    All I have to say about that is: WOWWWW! These young people are so amazing.
     

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