I Day Protocol

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  1. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    I realize this information is probably accessible in the handbook, etc, but I didn't see it. Here's our question: Once we arrive at the Academy on I-Day, how long is the process until good-bye? I imagine that buses leave at intervals (as they fill, or every 15 minutes, etc.) I've also heard stories about waiting lines and hearing short speeches. Assuming that we arrive at the Academy at 8:15, can someone please give us a thumbnail outline on whether the big "good-bye" is 15 minutes or 2 hours later. Thanks in advance for a preview.
     
  2. lizzienelson

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    Its somewhat up to you. When you first get there there is a huge line of parents and kids, but it goes very quickly. There is some booths set up to visit with good information. At some point they you need to say goodbye. They will head up the stairs where they receive thier name lanyard and packet of information. They come back down the other stairs, you wave goodbye and they go. If you really wish to,you can watch for them to come out and get on the bus. But that is not the most pleasant thing to watch, and you may not want that to be the last thing you see as they are getting yelled out. Just remember he is already a great kid if he got into to USAFA, its going to be VERY TOUGH, but they can do it. As my son says the days were very long but the weeks went by pretty fast.
    Once the end of March comes things are great! Good luck!
     
  3. RPT1981

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    I Day (6/24)

    Having worked there in years past (AOG Bldg). It was fun to witness. Waves of incoming appointees. As was said, there will be a fairly long line of apointees, but they will "que" in a large tent for a short welcome by the President of the AOG. They will then go in and head up the stairs (alone). Lots of parents are mulling about on the main floor (with teary eyes) [Last time for a hug]. Your son/daughter will hit a series of tables and rooms upstairs and come out the other side of the building approxiamtely 20+ min later (ish). They will be carrying a bag of papers and stuff; walk over the stone bridge and wait (or load immediately) on a large USAFA bus up to the hill. It is quite amazing, actually to see 1300 appointees inprocess through there in about 4 hours.

    See you there next week! (with my son):smile:
     
  4. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    There is no yelling at Doolittle Hall.
     
  5. saltysdad

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    I Day question

    What about parking on I Day? Is there enough at Doolie Hall or do we (parents) park elsewhere and walk back to Doolie Hall? Thanks for any help you can give.
     
  6. RPT1981

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    Plenty of pkg

    They'll have you parking in the field near (west) of Doolittle and have people pointing you there....
     

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