Dealing with the heat and humidity at SFT

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  1. Jbow1221

    Jbow1221 Member

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    Hey y'all I am C/3c Bowman from Det 432 in Southern Mississippi. If anybody has any questions about beating the heat in my neck of the woods please feel free to ask. My first tip though will be that if you aren't from this area then increase your cardio as soon as possible.
     
  2. Pima

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    +1.

    Our DS, lived in NC and then we moved to VA. He knew humidity was going to be the issue. He ran between 3-6 pm everyday, because He also ran longer distances. If he knew it was about to rain in an hour or so, he would make it a point to run at that time because that is when the humidity is the highest in our area.

    The other thing he did was get up and run at 5:30-6 a.m, because he would be groggy and wanted to be able to adjust to running with little sleep.

    The hardest part of SFT for our DS...the balanced meal issue. DS does not like veggies, he loves fruit. They watch what food is on your tray, so if you are like him, and it is still the same get use to eating salad now.
     
  3. casnmas

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    New ROTC cadet

    DS will be a Freshman this coming fall. Has 4year AROTC scholarship. When will he start SFT (I am guessing that is summer field training)?
     
  4. Jcc123

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    SFT is for Air Force only. As an Army ROTC cadet, his only mandatory training would traditionally been LDAC the summer after his junior (MSIII) year. There are changes coming to the program, so he may go to additional training his first two summers as well. If he is contracted in the fall, he'll also be able to compete for optional training slots such as CULP, Airborne, etc. during the summers.
     
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    I bet this thread will heat up (no pun intended) when EAs are released:thumb:
     
  6. casnmas

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    Failed to mention...

    Failed to mention he has AFROTC as well... doing road trips today to check out campus and ROTC... so if he choses AFROTC, when would SFT start?
     
  7. Pima

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    SFT is between their soph and Jr year. He will have to meet the SFT board and be selected to attend.
     
  8. ERAUMattmom

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    An EA is an enrollment allocation for AS200/250/500 cadets. This is what is the cadets compete for in order to go to SFT. SFT would normally take place between sophomore and Jr. years as an AS200/250.

    Occasionally when an AS200/250 does not get an EA and therefore does not complete SFT during their sophomore and junior year they return to AFROTC in their junior year still as a GMC and compete for an EA in their Junior year. However if as a AS500 they are granted an EA I believe they are still obligated to 2 more years in AFROTC as a POC meaning an extra year of college.
     
  9. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    I live in the south too, is there a difference between the level of humidity in Alabama vs other southern states? Where I am it can get pretty humid, but the weather is more erratic than anything. If it does get humid like that, it only stays that way for a day or two, then it'll get cooler or be just as hot but with a low humidity level. When it gets hot and humid in AL during the summer, does it stay that way for weeks at a time?
     
  10. Jbow1221

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    This far south it does tend to stay humid and hot for weeks at a time I'm about an hour from the coast and Maxwell is a few hours north so its relatively the same
     
  11. Romad

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    As a Bama resident - in one word - "Yes". Be prepared to do LOTS of laundry because an ABU (especially the heavy weights) will be pretty strong after just one day of running around in the great steamy outdoors punctuated with lots of T-storms. Bring stuff to sooth rashes as well - you'll need it.

    Good luck to all of you! :biggrin:

    Romad
     
  12. Pima

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    +1 Romad.

    The year DS went, when you added in the heat index it was 110, the humidity is the thing.

    As far as doing laundry, they will do it for you, hence the reason for you putting the initial of your last name and your last 4 SS on everything.

    I am not sure about lotion for rashes either because the bag drag list is very specific.
     
  13. Romad

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    DO YOUR LAUNDRY FOR YOU??? What is this? The Hilton??? Granted MAFB Billeting is pretty nice (stay there a lot) but things have really changed! We had to take turns doing laundry duty back in our old WW2 barracks at LAFB. Scalded the WHOOPIE out of myself as I recall! :rolleyes:

    I really hope they can take some ointment with them because outdoor activities around here are always punctuated with a lot of ... "irritation" :biggrin:
     
  14. Pima

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    It is like AFA when the go through BCT. They don't do their laundry either. That being said with budget cuts they may have to do it.

    I can't recall the list. They are told how many razors to bring, level of sunscreen, moleskin, zip lock baggies, the list is even down to how many blue pens and binders. The cadets than do a bag drag to the det. and everything is dumped out and checked to see if it is all there.
     
  15. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    Actually, as far as laundry goes, there are cadets assigned to laundry duty that do it for their squadron. A cadet who went last year suggested it as a volunteer position.
     
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    Any of you at Auburn? looks like ds is headed to Auburn for NROTC in August:biggrin:
     
  17. Pima

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    Non,

    That explains why DS said his laundry was done for him because he never had to do it, and knowing him it would be the very last job he would volunteer for. :shake:
     
  18. ERAUMattmom

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    HeHe - Matt learned how to do his own laundry when he was about 8 years old and going through a phase of sliding unnecessarily in practice as well as in games. I got tired of having to scrub stains out of his baseball pants.

    He transitioned so easily into doing all his own laundry....Who was I to complain?
     
  19. Romad

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    He'll LOVE it. Very friendly school for those bound for the military. Make sure he volunteers for the flags at home football games. They get to sit in the reserved ROTC section in uniform and cheer on the Tigers. Great facilities as well. The ROTC joint building is the nicest I've ever seen. NROTC has a big presence on campus.

    Good luck to him!

    :biggrin:
     
  20. impulse224

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    Last year laundry situation went as followed:

    You do your own laundry at Maxwell if you had time. Camp Shelby it was contracted out and was done for you.

    Also, make sure you are always hydrating while at SFT. That is the key to beating the heat.
     

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