Company question

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  1. USMC_2018

    USMC_2018 Member

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    I know that plebes are sometimes moved around through the process of "shot gunning," but do midshipmen stay in the same company with the same company mates during their 4 years at USNA or do midshipmen get assigned a new company every year?
     
  2. plebe2017

    plebe2017 New Member

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    You get to stay

    In the past, you were Shotgunned after plebe summer. However, current practice has that you stay with the same company from the first day of plebe summer through graduation.
     
  3. 1984USNA

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    In the deeper past (84 grad), we also stayed with our same company from day one, all the way through graduation. Pros and cons either way I guess.


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  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The approach varies over time, usually based on what USNA leadership (especially the Dant) wants to do.

    Some classes stay with their companies from the minute they enter USNA to the minute they graduate. That was the case in my day.

    Our plebes all switched companies after plebe year. Not sure how long that lasted.

    There are variations on this theme -- switching after plebe summer, switching after the summer and after plebe year, switching after youngster year, etc. Just b/c it's a certain way at the moment doesn't mean it will continue that way -- especially if leadership changes.

    The theory behind switching, BTW, is to give mids a "fresh chance" in their new companies. IOW, people can quickly get tagged as exceptional or exceptionally bad and the thought is that, by moving everyone, an unwarranted halo effect or bad rap can be changed. Not sure whether/how well that works in practice.
     
  5. osdad

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    Individual Mids can also change companies for various reasons: love chits, room accomodations, construction, being a dweeb, etc.
     

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