Feeling Lost & Confused

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  1. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    Any help would be so appreciated!

    Daughter accepted her appointment for class of 2016 while we were in Annapolis this past weekend!! :smile: So, my question is what if anything should we be gathering at this point (supplies, docs)? Also, what medical appiointments will need to be made--dentist, shots? I believe the admissions counselor said that the report packets will not be sent out until mid May, so I was just hoping to get a head start on a few things before the packet is received.

    Thanks!
     
  2. engineer

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    Last year at this time, we made an appointment with our son's pediatrician for late May. Then we waited for the PTR packet and took the "required immunization" list with us so there weren't any questions about what shots he needed. Requirements can change from year to year, so you are safer waiting for the official paperwork.
     
  3. NavyHoops

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    Concur with above. Wait for the packet. If I remember correctly, they take the Mids to dental during Plebe Summer and they will get a check up then. Not sure if they still do that. Since your DD passed DODMERB everything should be good to go minus the few shots she may need. I had to get two shots before reporting. If she does not get these shots, they will give them to her on I-Day. As far as supplies... not much is needed. If she does get shots before reporting, ensure she brings the paperwork on I Day in case there are any questions. You really can show up naked and be issued everything you need! She will not be allowed to keep very much anyways. The forum is full of suggestions also on what extra items to bring and ship to her. During Parents Weekend is a good time to purchase all the extra stuff for the school year like printers, extra school things she wants for classes, new socks, tshirts, etc.
     
  4. USNA2016Dad

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    Congratulations!

    Hello,
    Congratulations on the appointment and acceptance.

    I spoke with someone at nominations and appointments last week. They are hoping to mail the Permit to Report packets by April 30. This is the second BFE we all hear about that will give the class of 2016 plebes to be more detailed instructions of tasks to complete before I-Day. I did specifically ask about immunizations and trying to get a head start on them and I was advised to just wait for the packet. In the meantime, here are some other websites that you may find some useful information.
    Cheers...

    https://www.usna.com/SSLPage.aspx?pid=415
    http://www.usna.org/
    http://www.usna-parents.org/index.htm
    http://www.usna.edu/PlebeSummer/index.htm
    https://webevent.usna.edu/webevent/...c3;cmd=calmonth;cal=;todays=2758;todays=33536
     
  5. 2012mom?

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    Congratulations on your daughter's appointment! For the moment, relax and enjoy your Plebe-to-be.

    If you need advance notice to get a doctor's appointment for vaccinations, you could make the appointment for ~ 1 June. By then, you should have the packet in hand.

    IIRC, the packet will have lots of forms that will be in a couple of categories:
    - Return to USNA
    - Bring on I-day

    Some of the forms I remember:
    - Permit to Report. This tells you the time of day when your Plebe-to-be needs to be present at Alumni Hall.
    - immunization record. I highly recommend that your Plebe-to-be hand carries a copy of this record on I-day, IN ADDITION to sending the form back as requested.
    - life insurance application - Your Plebe-to-be will be offered several levels of insurance. Even though a single person technically doesn't need life insurance, the price will never be lower.
    - Alumni Association membership. Again, membership costs will never be lower.
    - Police reports. Each incoming Mid must submit reports from "all" jurisdictions in which they have lived for the past 7 (?) years. Your Plebe could start now to figure out where these forms need to go.

    In addition, your Plebe-to-be will take on-line placement exams for calculus placement. Everyone takes one exam, and I think there's a second exam if your Plebe is likely to be offered validation of one or more semesters of calculus. Note that these exams are taken before I-day, in the comfort of your own home/school. (There will be numerous other placement/validation exams for chemistry, English, etc., during Plebe Summer.)

    The other thing you could do would be to make hotel reservations for the night before I-day for your Plebe-to-be, and any family member(s) who will be there on I-day. It's been posted in other threads, but if you can't afford to go to both I-day and Plebe Parents Weekend (PPW), I strongly encourage that you go to PPW.

    You have now joined a four year roller coaster ride. Enjoy the ride!
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    The most important things to do . . .

    1. Stay physically fit. Don't let the fitness routine slip during the last month of school, beach week, etc. THE single most beneficial thing you can do is show up on I-Day in good shape.

    2. Relax and enjoy the time off. Do all the fun stuff you want to do before you enter a very restrictive environment for the summer.

    3. Be careful! Do #2 above, but be sensible. Skip the roller boarding, surfing, rollerskating, rock climbing and other activities where serious injury is a possibility. You can't avoid accidents but you don't have to invite them.

    4. Book your hotel for the night before I-Day, if you plan to stay in one.

    Other than that, there's none of the "normal" college prep stuff. It was some disappointment to my mother that she didn't get to help me shop for all my "dorm" stuff; but her pride and excitement over my four USNA years more than made up for it (I think!:smile:).

    As for the medical stuff, get your shots but don't obsess. The USN will provide more than competent medical and dental care.
     
  7. Lee2015

    Lee2015 USMA & USNA Mom

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    You all are so kind! Thanks for all the wonderful information!! See ya on I-Day!!

    I have to say it both ways---------to keep it fair in our home now.

    Go Navy, Beat Army!

    Go Army, Beat Navy!
     
  8. lovethenavy

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    I was not prepared for the ammount of stress that we were all under now that I look back on that period. Once you start the process, you really are in a waiting game and each day from that day on is a roller coaster ride. We chose to drive the entire way there...a two day trip.....1200 miles with a two car caravan......take the whole family and some extended family.....make a sight seeing trip of it....WHAT WAS I THINKING????? Who can enjoy historic Gettysberg knowing you are about to drop off your first born and not see him again for heaven only knows how long.Who's dumb idea was it to go on a Ghost AdventureTour 2 nights before my baby would be learving me? No, that was cancelled as soon as we hit town! I look back on 200 pictures we took of DS and DD posing by canons and statues and against old fence posts. Again, what were we thinking!!! I wish we would have made it a more relaxing low-keyed journey without so much involved.
    Also, make plans to meet up with those on this forum who you have made friends with. A bunch of us decided to wear special ribbons and spotted each other all over the place!
    Again, as others have stated.....do what you mid wants, not what the family wants. If he or she wants to eat McDonalds in the hotel room and not go out to the best seafood restaurant in Annapolis, let them. Whatever gives them the most comfort and peace before I Day- do it!
    I Day- Our son met up with us during the 15 minute good bye. He was a wreck. His Reef Points had fallen down his pant leg (3 sizes too big) during the march to the ceremony and a Detailer had gotten ahold of it. He was frantic and couldn't be consolled. Sure that this was going to be the kiss of death. I can still see his face. His dixie cup hat perched on his newly shaven head. Face red, worried, me ready to lose it. I was sure he would be put in the brink, or whatever the Navy calls it. I just bawled the whole way back to the hotel. I know that wine was consumed at the hotel bar as we shared stories with other parents. We all had that hollow eyed shell shocked look.
    Well, 2 years later, he is none the worse for wear. Guess his Reef Points magically showed up in his room, no major repercussions...! Take these moments with a grain of salt. The USNA knows what they are doing and there is a method to the madness that we mothers don't understand. They will make it through without us and be better men and women for it! The Navy is their new family and we are now grateful for it. Good luck all!
     
  9. lovethenavy

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    wrong thread=oops

    Meant to post this on another thread! But, maybe you all enjoyed the diversion from the original topic! Meant to post on Things I wish I remembered on I day. long day! :confused::eek::redface:
     
  10. Navy4ever

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    lovethenavy

    You may have thought you were posting on another thread but your memories were meant to be here. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts as I vacillate between the excitement of my DS leaving to fulfill his dream and the worry of what he will eat(fussy eater) will he get enough sleep (night owl, hates mornings) and how much yelling can he take (I thought I had prepared him well..LOL)
    I guess we will just have to wait and see. He says he is ready. Just not sure if I am:smile:

    Thank you:thumb:
     

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