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  1. Miidaangg

    Miidaangg Member

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    Hello all-

    I just finished Plebe Summer as well as Hell-O night.
    If any prospective candidates or anyone interested has any questions feel free to shot me a PM or just reply to this post.
    I will try to answer to the best of my abilities
    :)
     
  2. Murf

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    My son hopes to be in the Class of 2014. If you're willing to do it, I'd love for you to describe your experience during Plebe Summer, etc.

    Thanks,
    Murf
    :smile:
     
  3. navygirl2001

    navygirl2001 New Member

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    Congratulations

    Congratulations on your wonderful accomplishment. Good luck with beginning your academic year next week. :thumb:
     
  4. Miidaangg

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    Your plebe summer experience is really company dependant. Some companies did not have as hard of a plebe summer experience while others were just terrible.
    Come into plebe summer knowing: The eleven general orders of a sentry, the mission of USNA, and the chain of command from President Obama to the Chief of Naval Operations. You don’t really need to buy reef points and study it beforehand. You will have more than enough time. And don’t bring an EXTRA copy of reef points. Someone got crap for doing that in my company.
    My company was in the middle of that continuum and I thought there were alot of enjoyable plebe summer experiences as well as a few not so pleasant.
    Well, let's start with the basics, IDAY is basically just a blur, you get shuffled around in a line, shoved a bunch of clothes, poked at with needles, and yelled at for a little bit.
    Once you get to your room, START UNPACKING IMMEDIATELY. They will not give you adequate time and there are a lot of boxes and you need to check whether or not you have everything. And being unorganized the first week of plebe summer is not the best thing to do. TRY to figure out how to make your bed first though. Find a napster or youtube it because that is probably the easiest thing to get out of the way and the worst thing if you mess up. They really only come into your rooms (well at least my company) and mess with it or yell at you for it if your racks (beds) look like they were crappily made.
    Showers- You will probably have 2 -5 minute showers. Get used to reading 3 articles fast and get used to learning fast.
    Make sure you’re good at running. Or at least decent at it. A lot of people get really angry at those who “fall out” of regimental runs (which go up to 4.5 miles by the end of the summer). On the last day of plebe summer you’ll be running a 10k, which is 6 miles, at your own pace. You have to finish within an hour though. I recommend running a LOT before coming. You’ll reduce injuries and have an overall easier time during the summer.
    Every morning you wake up and they give you 5 minutes to brush your teeth, shave (guys), get shoes and socks on, and fill your canteens. You will most likely have to grab your sheets and stuff them in your pillowcases. Tip: Roll your sheets from the foot to the head, that way when you pull your sheets out of your pillow case you can just roll them out and then make your tucks. ALSO rack races are a TEAM effort. Don’t ever let them catch you making a rack by yourself! On that note, DON’T EVER FALL OUT ON A BULKHEAD BY YOURSELF. There is nothing they stress more than teamwork. If you do that, they will call you individuals and single you out for special treatment.
    Then comes PEP. PEP is about an hr and a half long. Make sure you hydrate well the night before. Be ready to work. PEP is hard.
    We had various classes: Officer Development Class, Boxing, Wrestling, Swimming and a LOT of lectures and briefs. Do your best not to fall asleep. It’s hard but you can do it. We had drill almost every evening, and they take platoon drill really seriously.
    Remember that plebe summer is a CONTEST. They will always be ranking you. Individually, as a platoon, and as a company. Make sure at EVERY evolution you put out to the FULLEST. If you do AMAZING at everything, you could win color company. Different graded evolutions were: Obstacle Course, Endurance Course, Marksmanship, Drill, Room and Uniform Inspections, Boxing, Wrestling, Soccer, and track smokers.
    Bring your A game to EVERYTHING you do.
    BE INTENSE and more importantly HAUL ***. You will be tired but as long as you are FAST, LOUD, and you PUT OUT, you should get through just fine. Don’t get lazy!
    Anymore questions, Just PM me or write back.
    Sorry it took so long to reply.
    And thank you :)
     
  5. Miidaangg

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    no def. not.

    there is a lot more but i can't think of anything to put in right now. if you have questions i'll gladly answer though
     
  6. Capt MJ

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    Miidaangg ... I'm out of breath reading your post. Sounds about right!

    Good luck with ac year. I know the grind has started, and you're also slaving away to get company bulletin boards completed.

    Oh yeah, and those chow calls you are belting out? Though I never had the joy of having to do those at USNA but did have the pleasure elsewhere, the ability to stand up, deliver a message quickly and understandably, with enough volume, in a pressure situation, comes in handy later on.

    Hope you don't have the duty this weekend -- you should have town libs both Sat and Sun, with the holiday Mon Yard liberty like a normal Sunday. Take a breath. :thumb:
     
  7. Zaphod

    Zaphod Founding Member

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    You call THAT "finished"? :yllol:

    Pleber, you ain't even STARTED yet....

    I have three words of advice for you: STUDY, STUDY, and STUDY.

    Oh, and don't even try to think you know it all. You don't know jack. Sorry. :wink:
     
  8. popeyesmom

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    My son DOES have duty this weekend.....we will be coming to watch football practice and then hang out in Drydock and the newly re-opened museum.:cool:
     
  9. Zaphod

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    The Drydock is Club 21 compared to what it was like back in my day. It's incredible now! :eek:

    The food, of course....... not so much. Some things never change. :yllol:
     
  10. Memphis9489

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    Your class had the lowest Plebe Summer attrition in academy history. It think only 15 quit. That's amazing!

    I have a theory about that, however.

    Historically, the Annapolis summer heat and humidity is part of the Plebe Summer experience. If you happen to be a Plebe who is struggling, is stressed out, and contemplating throwing in the towel, the heat can sometimes break you down to the point that it becomes the straw that broke the camel's back. Constant exposure to the heat can have a draining effect on the psyche and stamina.

    Imagine what it was like in the days before Bancroft Hall was air-conditioned! Also, in those days, there were no canteens that, today, all the Plebes carry around like it's their Teddy Bear. :smile: (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

    In any case, this past summer may have been a record-breaker for mild summer temperatures. I don't think it hit 90-degrees for the first time until the Sunday of Parent's Weekend. And, for the most part, it was in the mid-to-low 80's. Many of the evenings got down into the 60's. Plus, the humidity was unusually low.

    In short, it was more like Plebe Spring ... not Plebe Summer.

    You guys caught a huge break on that one and I'm not so sure that did not have a lot to do with the historically low attrition.

    Excellent description of Plebe Summer, however! It's great that you were willing to offer that information. I'm sure many of the candidates appreciate it. Information from actual mids is much more valuable than from us old fart alums and the moms and dads.
     
  11. Hopeful2013

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    Plebe Summer

    "In short, it was more like Plebe Spring ... not Plebe Summer."

    As a mom, I didn't realize that this had been such a mild summer in annapolis. For that I am very grateful!
     
  12. Miidaangg

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    lol yes. that is true. class of 2013 got lucky with the weather.

    you are probably right. that might have a large part in the attrition rate though. especially to people who aren't used to the heat and humidity. I'm from maryland so i thought it was really cool during the summer. my friend, whose from montana, however, probably had the hottest summer of her life here.
     

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