First Day of INDOC

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  1. USMMA2014

    USMMA2014 Member

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    What statements / responses should we know. For example, are there other things besides the "mission statement".
     
  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    In all honesty you don't need to know anything more than you learned in high school. I went in without studying or learning or knowing the information was out there. They will teach you what you need to know. If you know the easy stuff already they will simply ask you harder questions.
     
  3. Apgallozzi

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    Sir/ma'am Yes Sir/ma'am
    Sir/ma'am No Sir/ma'am
    Sir/ma'am Aye Aye Sir/ma'am
    Sir/ma'am No Excuse Sir/ma'am
    Sir/ma'am I will find out Sir/ma'am
    I'm hoping that'll get me through for a little while lol
     
  4. jasperdog

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    You forgot this one:

    DI: "Plebe Candidate: What is the mission of the United States Merchant Marine Academy?!?!"

    PC: " Sir/Ma'am BEAT COAST GUARD!!! Sir/Ma'am" :shake:
     
  5. Apgallozzi

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    haha nice! If I responded with that instead of the actual Mission think they'd let me off the hook? Eh I'll give it a shot anyway.
     
  6. SoSick

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    i'd be careful what you say. if you know the mission statement upon getting there, just keep it to yourself. Theres no point in learning anything the summer before getting to USMMA, because like previously said, they will just quiz you are more ridiculous questions that aren't even relevant to the academy history. There was a kid like that who memorized the songs, mission, standing orders of watch, etc. He made everyone else look bad in our platoon because he knew everything.
     
  7. Amy Nan

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    Stay Under the Radar!

    This is the advice that our USAFA grad gave to our USMMA appointee. (Although is has an AF "ring" to it, it still applies.)

    "Be a stealth cadet. Stay under the radar."

    Don't do anything that calls unnecesary attention to yourself, like having the knowledge memorized ahead of time. You most certainly DON'T want to be the plebe candidate who is the "eager beaver". It will not win the admiration of the cadre and it will not endear you to your fellow plebe candidates.

    "Low Key" is the way to approach INDOC!
     
  8. Apgallozzi

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    Yea I definitely understand that. And although I do have looked over a couple things I by no means am planning to boast or advertise that I know them or than helping out my classmates when they need it
     
  9. KP2013dramamama

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    go kp beat navy

    good one Jasperdog! I'd forgotten that one already!
     
  10. jasperdog

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    Thanks, the only direct opportunity for KP to Beat Navy is the Sailing Team - though "back in the day" that was one of the three biggest rivalries we had in Sailing since KP, Navy and SUNY-MC aka Ft. Schylur are all in the same "conference" - MAISA and often do compete against each other. Now that KP is back in the Top 20 and went to Nationals this year, assuming the program continues on its current trajectory, I'd expect to see those rivalries, along with the USCGA rivalry rekindled and start to grow even more.
     
  11. KPEngineer

    KPEngineer Eternal Father ...

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    Stealth is definitely the way to go. Back in my day we called it LowPro for Low Profile because stealth technology was still a secret.

    Becoming known to your DIs only makes you a target since they will frequently call out the name they know best when they need a guinea pig. Indoc is just about learning the basics on how to survive the rest of plebe year.

    Being the DIs favorite or the most squared away will get you nothing more than being named honor plebe if they still do that. That will get you a nice little blue ribbon for your uniform but to be honest, I can't remember who was honor plebe when I was a plebe and I can't remember who was honor plebe when I was a M/N Officer either. It won't help you pass any of your classes, it won't help you get that M/N Officer billet you want (join the crew team though, that was a sure path to whatever billet you wanted:wink:), it won't help you pass your license exam, it won't help you get into the military and it won't help you get a job.

    Treat INDOC like the adjust period it is, use it to settle in to the daily grind and learn how to stay out of trouble. Get to know your shipmates, learn each other's strengths and weaknesses and you will be able to help each other as efficiently and effectively as possible. We had one guy who turned out to be a rock star and doing the corners on his rack so he helped everyone else and some of us others took turns helping him shine his shoes which he was NOT good at. We all won.
     

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