Bringing boots, low quarters to west point

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  1. omnipsi

    omnipsi USMA 2015 Appointee

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    Looking again at the New Cadet Packing List that was sent out:

    "Even though you will be issued a pair of leather low quarters we recommend you purchase these prior to R-Day and have broken these shoes in prior to arrival"
    (and a similar sentence referring to boots)

    Does this mean that West Point wants us to bring the boots/low quarters that we purchased, but we will still get issued new ones, regardless if the ones we have purchased already fit?

    Just trying to find out, because this seems to be conflicting with what I've heard elsewhere: that we won't get issued new ones if the ones we bought already fit.
     
  2. Casey

    Casey USMA 2015

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    We get a second set of both is my understanding although with boots, I'm not so sure about this. If you don't bring ones, they issue you two sets I thought
     
  3. M2inOR

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    It's not so much breaking in the shoes, it is getting your feet comfortable with the shoes. Many incoming new cadet candidates have worn sneakers or other shoes during their HS years with little or no support. Their feet just aren't use to the shoes or boots.

    Best to get your feet use to wearing low quarters and boots to prevent problems during beast.

    And yes, if you purchased the recommended low-quarters and boots, bring them with you to R-Day. My son purchased his several months prior, and he is sure glad he did.
     
  4. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    Not sure how it works with the low quarters, but I was told by a cadet that if one brings 2 pairs of boots to R-Day, they will not be issued a pair of boots by USMA. My parents insisted buying 2 pairs of boots because the PX employee told us the boots issued by USMA are inferior in quality to the Bellevilles I purchased. In addition, being issued a pair of boots that have not been broken in at all did not sound like a good idea. Not sure how much of the information I provided is true, but I've been breaking in 2 pairs of boots simultaneously and will be bringing both pairs with me on R-Day.
     
  5. BeastSL

    BeastSL USCC Co. I-3

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    If you decide to bring either 2 pairs of Low Quarters or 2 pairs of boots then you have the option of not receiving another 2 pair, of either, at the issue point. However, if you do decide to take the option of receiving another two pair then understand that the issue point isn't simply giving away boots and low quarters- these items are accounted for in a purchase from your "cadet account" which you will learn more about during the academic year.
     
  6. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

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    I recommend buying 1 pair of each, getting your feet used to them (breaking in the low quarters is actually more important, I think) and take the issued second pairs as extras.
     

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