Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by USNA2011Dad, Jul 21, 2007.
Is this the "build up" time? I understand that the first weeks were tear down.
yes Dad, that's how it is described. You'll have to ask you own Plebe in a few weeks their take on that however.....
because Plebe Summer is just the beginning of Plebe YEAR.
Yes and no.
One, it honestly depends on how the squad is doing. If they don't start off right, things might get harder until they do. If they demonstrate that they can be a squared away plebe, then things might not be as rough. Another factor is the squad leader themselves. I know of people telling me that their second set squad leader was harder than their first. Lastly, it depends on the OINC and his charge to second set...KaMiKaZi might be able to help you out on this.
As the plebes reach closer to PPW, it should be a build up period because they should know how to be a good plebe. After all, the purpose of plebe summer is to turn civilians into plebes/MIDN.
The other emotional/mental moment of stress comes when the "Reform" happens and suddenly instead of just the Summer Cadre - the Plebes who have gotten accustomed to just them and some of the upperclass around - have to deal with the entire Brigade's return. The anxiety factor is real and if the Plebes seem extra tense when you drop them off back at the Yard come the end of PPW, or once they are have their cell phones back that weekend and you hear from them for those first days/week of the middle of August and suddenly they are really nervous again - don't be surprised. The uncertainty of expectations of what will happen when suddenly there are dozens and dozens of upperclass who can rate you and ask for comearounds, etc. is all part of the training. And yes, it IS surviveable!
We watched the turnover ceremony today...what the heck happened to Alpha Company's 2nd Set Cadre?? The plebe with the guidon had to lead the company out of T-Court alone. Does anyone know what happened?
Opps! Hmm, good question!
Haha. Yeah, there was a big misunderstanding there. First set had the second set cadre hide in their rooms until formation so the plebes wouldn't see them and second set was told formation was at 1200 vice the real time of 1145. So when formation kicked off at 1145, second set Alpha was sitting in the rooms still waiting. I had a front row view of this, but I'm happy to say that the guidon did quite well along with the plebe assistant squad leaders in marching the company into the hall.
I agree, the guidon did a great job. It was funny, my husband's a grad and he kept mumbling about it on the way back to the car and even asked our 08 son at lunch to find out what happened.
Poor plebes, our son thinks the second set cadre in his company are going to be tougher than the first! Oh well, PPW's only 3 weeks away!
Thanks for the explanation..I'll pass it along to the DOG
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