Clothes/Materials on I Day?

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  1. AFalconpride

    AFalconpride Parent

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    Hi! I am a newbie dad. It says in the materials for the Appointment that an incoming cadet should get his boots early so they can be broken in before arrival but it doesn't say how you get them? Also, what should a newcomer bring based on your experience to make things a bit easier at first?:eek:
     
  2. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Don't worry about getting boots before hand. The boots they issue here are easily broken in. And I would advise taking as little as possible. All I brought to I-day were my toiletries, paperwork, and the clothes on my back.
     
  3. Sagnolutto

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    boots

    We just read somewhere (in the USAFA digest, I believe) that they no longer want the kids to get their own boots beforehand. The ones they use now have bottoms that are like athletic shoes and don't need to be broken in. Our son is bringing a backpack with a clean shirt and clean underwear, along with his shaving kit. They take everything away as soon as they get there anyway.
     
  4. aglages

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    I thought you could keep (and use) compression shorts?
     
  5. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    They took my son's away. Depends on the squad or maybe even just who is supervising them at the exact time they're told to pack everything (civilian) away.
     
  6. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    It really depends.
     
  7. aglages

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    Should make packing easy. You got to love consistency and uniformity in a SA.
     
  8. DK6732

    DK6732 USAFA Cadet

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    Like I said before you don't need much. They provide you with everything.
     
  9. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    You picked the wrong academy if that's what you're looking for! :wink:
     
  10. dohdean

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    Suggestion for incoming cadets/parents. Bring a zip lock bag in your backpack or small carryon with your photo ID (driver's license, etc.), copy of your immunization record, any other paperwork that you might want to find quickly, your wallet, and cash already separated into it. This is easily pulled out of your back pack or small carry on (which should be small and easily carried in one hand -- you will not be allowed to wear your back pack -- you will carry it in your hand once you go "up the steps"). Less is better; you will be nervous and the easier it is to find your ID or a copy of your immunization record when, if, needed -- the less frazzled you will be. Girls -- your packing takes a little more thought -- in that you are required to bring sports bras and underwear with you (at least that was true in past years). Pack exactly what they tell you in a small bag and be able to carry it in one hand (again you will not be allowed to sling it over your shoulder once you "go up the stairs"). This will also make it easier to "board the bus." Check elsewhere for recommendations to female cadets from "CHrissy" -- she provides good advice on what to bring. For girls -- if your hair is longer (my daughter, a Sophomore kept her long hair for Basic and has kept it that way at the Academy) practice getting it up in a bun -- you will be given the opportunity to demonstrate that you can get your hair in a regulation bun -- if you can, they will let you keep your hair (if you want to). Others females will choose to get their hair cut -- personal decision -- again Chrissy has advice on this.
     
  11. scraper

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    Last year the back packs bags etc; were checked with name tag at tent next to where bus departs. You then got in line at doolittle and moved inside and up the stairs to get your squadron halyard and # coming back down the other side. You picked up your back pack and moved on the bus. I assume those were the stairs you were talking about.
     
  12. noi

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    Hello. Who know what Edited to Remove Link used for to make the uniforms?
     
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  13. Christcorp

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    Not dogging you; because this is your first post; but this falls under the category of: "Does it matter?" It's not like you're going to have a say so in what materials are used. And I doubt you're going to base accepting or declining an appointment on what material is used to make uniforms. But if it's really important to you, I suggest you use google. Considering cadets and the military have many different uniforms in pants, shirts, and jacket combinations; there are numerous different materials used.
     
  14. Pima

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    Mike, they are a troll. I get very leery when I see a blue link for words like materials, especially when they are reviving a thread that died 6 months ago.

    I hit their name to see if they were spamming the site via posts, they aren't. However, this is what you see in the exact post for the blue link and where it takes you:

    Removed Link

    Not thinking they are here for any other reason than to get hits on their website especially since we all know artwork and gadgets have nothing to do with a C4C. Plus, let's be honest, the military will not be a fit for them if they have any issues about what a uniform is made from regarding materials.

    Um, if it is an allergy issue, can't wear polyester, you won't be in the military. If it is a personal issue, won't wear wool products because of PETA, you won't go military either.

    JMPO they are test running to see if they can post here hawking products under the mods radar!
     
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  15. Blackbird

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    Oh, getting hits on their website. . . I never got why folks troll on forums. Thanks Pima.
     
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  16. Christcorp

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    To be honest, I don't mind responding to this type of forum post, because there are a lot of SIMILAR QUESTIONS by legitimate posters. I know it sounds petty and partially arrogant on my part, but why do we answer questions such as:

    1. What kind of food do they serve at the academy?
    2. What uniform do we wear during the week?
    3. Are we allowed to have food in our dorm room?
    4. How many times per week do we do Physical training?
    etc......

    When I see questions asked, I want to see questions that directly relates to decisions you can/will make. Such as: What are the core classes everyone must take? When do we choose our Major? Are there opportunities for C4C to get involved with "XYZ" activity? These kinds of questions can help an individual decide future choices.

    The example of questions I stated first are totally irrelevant, UNLESS you are willing to accept or decline an appointment based on the fact that the chow hall serves chicken too much; or you have to wear service uniform more than ABU; or because you are/aren't allowed food in your dorm; or you have to exercise once in a while. Other than the person who is willing to accept or turn down an appointment for such PETTY REASONS; I see no constructive use for such questions. And honestly; what type of MATERIAL are uniforms made of, is very SIMILAR to some of the other questions some people actually ask.

    So, before asking a question, people should ask themselves a question: "Does it really matter what the answer is?" "Will any decision I make be affected based on that answer?" If the answer is yes; then the question has significance. If the answer is "NO", then it's probably not worth asking. Now, if you're bored and are simply curious: "Do they serve a lot of Chicken at the Chow Hall (Mitch's)". Then at least say you're bored and curious. Don't make it sound like it's "Important" to you making a decision.

    So yea; I assumed the question was from a troll. But we get some very similar questions from legitimate posters. I was hoping they'd see the insignificance of such a question. It's bad enough most people don't use the search feature, and we ask and answer the same question approximately 143 times. Eliminating insignificant questions would help. But that's my pet peeve. I have the ability to simply not answer. There's some people that probably don't mind answering such trivial questions. I'm never going to hinder free speech.
     
  17. CadCandMateus

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    Basically, the hyperlink was the obvious clue.
     
  18. ChickenHawk

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    Pack like a champ

    When I in-processed we just hid our compression shorts. The cadre won't be looking at your underwear during basic as long as the compression shorts aren't way longer than your PT shorts. We asked our cadre after a while and they mentioned that they didn't care what we wore, but if you ask right away it's possible they will take your shorts away. In any case, if you get caught with compression shorts-- big deal. You won't do anything right during basic so the worst they can do is give you 20 more pushups... Big whoop!

    As for packing other things, I agree with packing lightly. The only things you'll want are toiletries, compression shorts and about $40-60 (for all of basic). We were told to only bring $20 but if you do you'll have to go to the ATM during BCT, since we make several trips to the cadet store for necessary supplies (irons, boards, shampoo, blousing straps, ect) and you pay $20 for the rodeo. I probably spent about $50 in basic all together.
     

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