I Day Plebe Food

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  1. Aloha

    Aloha Member

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    My Plebe goes in at 9:15. Does he get any meals that day? Do they have dinner together or what? Just a Mom here wanting to feed her kid.
     
  2. MJOmom

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    They are given food. Most are too nervous/high strung to eat. Last year my guy barely ate breakfast ... get a good dinner the night before ... and let your plebe decide ... it's a good idea to bring some type of non-messy food for after swearing in ... they may or may not want it ... roll with it!

    Congratulations!
     
  3. hotshot44

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    We were given food I think. I had McDonald's after swearing in last year, and it was glorious... Definitely have a good dinner the night before and a heavy breakfast morning of.
     
  4. Profmom2

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    Just be careful what you bring for after the Oath of Office. The last thing your Plebe needs is to get food on the white works. Moms, have some shout wipes with you just in case. We had a light colored sports drink and a sandwich. He drank the sports drink, took one bite of the sandwich and decided against it!

    They do get lunch and dinner but as said before most are too nervous, stressed, exhausted, excited(I doubt it but one never knows) to eat much.
     
  5. MJOmom

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    I do NOT recommend a heavy breakfast. Nerves, yelling, running, heat ... on a full stomach could lead to disaster ... the last thing any plebe wants to do is throw up ...
     
  6. mumsyto3

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    Are we allowed to bring an ice chest onto the yard?
     
  7. MJOmom

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    Do you really want to carry an ice chest? All purses and bags are checked at the stadium before getting on the bus ... and there is lots of walking involved. Bring a water bottle and consider buying something at Dalgrhen hall or other vendor ... don't over-think this. This is not a picnic spot. Last year I did not see anyone spread out a blanket and picnic on the grounds ... seriously. You arrive, you take pictures with your plebe, you hug the plebe ... Your plebe goes in ... the family takes a tour, goes to Alumni Hall for a talk and intro from USNA officials, you watch plebes debark the bus by the back of Bancroft, you shop in the Mid Store (which has very good prices on cold drinks, ice cream etc) ... WHY have to drag an ice chest around?

    Seriously ... just go ... leave if you must ... then come back ...
     
  8. supportivemom

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    amen to that......

    As one who has done it before, and will do it agin this July 1, there will be no cooler in our hands. Probably no purse either, my id , credit card and $$ will be in my pocket. sneakers on feet. sun hat. camera. wearing clothes to keep cool and comfortable. will buy my mid a cold drink and sandwich somewhere sometime before the ceremony. will bring a blanket/towel or chair in a bag in case mid wants to sit for a few. Thats it.
     
  9. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Parents, please don't worry about feeding your mid on I-Day. Despite your fears, he/she will not starve that day or any other day. There is plenty of food available. Yeah, your mid will probably lose weight during plebe summer due to the workouts and stress during meals. But, he/she will NOT starve and, once Ac Year hits, I guarantee, he/she can gain back weight if so desired.

    Worry about making sure you are sufficiently hydrated. There is food and drink available in Dahlgren and the Midstore. In addition, there's the family picnic and also plenty of time to wander out in town.

    Your mid will have had so many new experiences in the ~12 hrs from the time he/she starts I-Day until he/she sees you again . . . food is probably the last thing on his/her mind. You could bring some water or a soda and maybe a small snack. But, if you don't . . . your mid is heading to dinner. He/she will get food and drink.

    Remember, some mids have no family at USNA on I-Day (my roommate came alone), and they won't be allowed to starve. I know you want to be supportive, but it's really your presence that's comforting, not the food.
     
  10. wannabe2013

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    On I-day last year I wished I had eaten more that morning. I had to report at 9 or 915 which meant I was last which meant I sat around for everyone else to be processed before I went. I sat in Alumni and wished I had eaten more than the half of a bagel I ate that morning.

    Also, they won't yell at you much on I-day. Officers are everywhere and they're not really supposed to. The most you'll get is a guy telling you to get your arm up :wink:
     
  11. MJOmom

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    "Yelling" varies greatly by company. My now youngster (class of 2013) would strongly disagree with your assertion that "they don't yell at you that much on I-Day" ... if they don't in whatever company you are in ... congratulations! But it's better to be expecting much more ....
     

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