Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by old Ranger, May 23, 2011.
It is official 2 hrs and 41 minutes to do te climb !!!! Go Plebes.....I mean Youngsters !!!!
A little slower than last year. That grease will do it to you every time.
Yeah but there is a lot to be said for tradition !!!
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That was my point. Not the fault of the Class of 2013, but . . .
Victims of a dog compelled to "pee" that all might know the mutt's been there. Determined to fix that not broken ...
No - they're still not Youngsters. They're 4/C midshipmen.
In fact, as tradition goes, they're not "Youngsters" until after they return from their Youngster Cruise and site the chapel dome. That's one of the more obscure traditions, however. That one may have died.
So hopefully the mids have learned a lesson. But I doubt it.
One of my biggest problems with the Navy is that everyone gets rotated to a new job every 2-3 years and has a year at best to make a name for themselves. They do not do this by maintaining the status quo. The hard charging front runners can be the worst. Ensigns through Admirals, most often the most difficult thing to do is leave well enough alone.
Did you just make that up?
That's some good, deep stuff. I'm going to start using that phrase and pretend that I was that witty - giving you absolutely no credit for being the originator of that witticism.
Man, you're like Yoda.
Husband was there and said it was a blast...and quite funny initially. He did say the camaraderie was inspiring. That's my son's favorite part of being at USNA.
Oh, I had also heard the tradition of still being Plebes until they return from the youngster cruise and see the chapel dome. Husband and I had an argument about how that could work. I said that was the tradition; he said not everyone would return from a cruise and see the dome, so what about them. Also, DS is going on two cruises, does this apply to the YP cruise or the other one? I couldn't find anything about it in Reef Points. Anyone like to elaborate on that tradition? Seems to me that they would stop being Plebes either upon graduation of the firsties...the vacuum principle...or when the new Plebes come in and push them out of Plebedom...two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time.
Don't encourage him!!
Too late, Joe!
And for my next selection, I'd like to sing Ray Stephens' classic ballad, "I'm My Own Grandpa" to be followed by the USN favorite, "I Joined the Navy to See the World ... And What Did I See? "
P.S. Your agent's commission check is "in the mail!" And yes, I'll still love you in the morning.
I decidedto go to Herndon at the last minute. Flight arrived BWI 1130, made it to campus before 1pm. Surprised my Plebe. It was AWESOME!
Funny, that the 2'41" seemed to fly by. Watching that pyramid come tumbling down over and over again. Feeling the joy in their shouts when they finally did it! They were announced as Plebes No More, 4/C midshipman. Very good day.
Was able to have dinner at the waterfront in same restaurant that we dined the night before I-day. DS even ordered the same food! So much fun to see him a year older and many years wiser. I wouldn't have missed it for the world! A whirl of a trip. Les that 24 hours in Annapolis...but it was fantastic. Be proud of your mids!
The tradition of officially becoming a youngster upon sighting the chapel dome dates from days when the entire new third class embarked in the midshipman practice squadron. The ships would anchor in Annapolis Roads, embark the mids in launches, steam out to the Atlantic or Caribbean for cruise, and disembark the mids at USNA at the end of cruise. The 3/c would anxiously look for the chapel dome as the ships steamed up the bay toward Annapolis. The tradition went away (probably in the late '50s?) as USNA began sending the mids to the ships instead of the ships coming to USNA.
Believe my class (1977) was the last to have Youngster cruise in a concentrated group of ships (four LPDs, collectively known as the Naval Academy Training Squadron), but we travelled to the ships (two out of San Diego, two out of Norfolk).
What a coincidence, we ended up eating at the same restaurant that we ate at the night before I-Day and DS ordered the same food! It wasn't even by design. We realized it after we were sitting there eating!
That was an awesome day! One I won't forget. It was very inspiring. I am proud of our 4/C's.
Singaporemom, it was great to finally meet you in person!
To the future Mid Parents out there, I highly recommend you try networking with other parents. I have met so many wonderful parents that I know will be friends forever as we have bonded over so much this last year. My new friends and I have supported each other over this year. There is nothing like being able to rejoice and commiserate with others who are going through the same thing!
Well put Mumsy---we have made friends for life---and the ones i have met helped make it possible for my 4/c to come home for 4 days before his YP cruise. This "for" "um" works parents!!!!!!!!
BHM, he's no longer a 4/C. He is a 3/C now! (Forget the whole spotting the Chapel Dome after Youngster Cruise business! )
DS came home yesterday and asked me if I would do the honor of putting his new 3/C shoulder boards on his uniform! Heck yes!
I'm so proud of all of our Mids!
Your son waited that long?!?!
My Youngster shoulder boards were on in about 10 secs after the hat toss!
I figured when I picked him up he'd have them on. When I asked him why he hadn't changed them yet, he said he wanted to wait and let me do it!
Nice! A loving worthy tribute of a Mid to his mumsy, I'd say!
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