Items needed for Plebe year

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  1. lovethenavy

    lovethenavy Member

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    What types of items should we be bringing for our plebe son and when? We bought him a small steamer for his uniforms. I know he won't need much, but when should we bring that? PPW? Are there other items we haven't thought of other than plastic shoe boxes to hold care package items and a steamer? We are real novices at this.:help:
     
  2. jbowman55

    jbowman55 USNA Parent 2014

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  3. Zaphod

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    Make sure he brings his brains and his balls. Navy provides the rest, but can't provide those.



    As for anything else, he'll let you know. Don't sweat it. :smile:
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    There is nothing you "need" that USNA won't provide. There may be things you "want." I'd wait until your plebe tells you what those are. Also, everyone has roommates -- and limited storage. One per room may be sufficient for certain things.
     
  5. AF6872

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    Calm down Zaph:biggrin:
     
  6. GoNavyMom

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    Sometimes a mom just needs to shop so that we get to feel like everyone else who is sending their child off to regular college.

    The Plebes wear nothing but white works, shorts and t-shirts until PPW. PPW is when they are first allowed to wear their dress whites and then start needing to keep them clean. The Academy supplies dry cleaning/laundry service that the Mids/Plebes pay for it through their monthly pay.

    On PPW plan at least one "supply trip" to the mall. Your Plebe will tell you what is needed. Last year we picked up an iron (DS shared an ironing board supplied by roommates), a printer, paper and toner cartridges, though all are available at the Mid Store.

    Have fun but don't stress.

    GoNavyMom
     
  7. lovethenavy

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    I can't speak for all of the parents on the site, but we actually post these questions because we worry and want the best for our sons and daughters. I would think that in order to get as far as they have, they must at least have the brains. We as parents recognize this. It is the little details that keep us sane and help us have something tangible to hold on to and to talk to other parents going through this about.
     
  8. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Folks, I think Zaphod was making a joke. While he probably doesn't have a future as a comedian, please don't get too riled up. Let's move on . . .

    Your friendly mod.
     
  9. jennyp

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    I think Zaph's comment was spot on. Seriously. :eek:
     
  10. NewNavyMom

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    I liked his comment. It made me smile. I shared it my son and husband. They smiled too.
     
  11. Zaphod

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    It should be noted that Navy doesn't issue a sense of humor, either. You either develop one yourself (very quickly, and usually a bit of a twisted* one) or you don't make it.

    My answer was both twisted and accurate. They need to show up with their brains firing on all cylinders and with their balls armor-plated and ready to deal with what's coming. As I suggested and usna1985 confirmed, everything else they NEED is issued to them. As parents, you need to stop worrying about looking after your baby and let them start figuring things out on their own.

    Now, when your Plebe calls you and says, "Hey, mom, could you send me a few cans of Dow Scrubbing Bubbles** for my shower?" then you will have a better answer to your question than anything you'll read here, especially so far ahead of the curve, and the information will be coming directly from the guy who NEEDS the stuff, not from a bunch of candidates and their parents, who don't have a clue yet, either.

    Sheesh. I remember when Americans were a little thicker-skinned and actually listened to people who had BTDT. :cool:



    * How twisted, you may ask? Back in Youngster Year, the "battle cry" (if you could call it that) espoused by the Commandant was "4500 - THE TEAM!" Sadly, late in the first semester, one Mid committed suicide by jumping out of his window. The running joke afterward was "4499 - THE TEAM!" It's simply how it is. The fact I remember it at all is testament to the effectiveness of it; we remember the poor nameless Mid through our efforts to deal with it.


    ** Best stuff there ever was for removing soap scum from the marble bulkheads of the showers. Spray, wait, scrub, rinse. Repeat. Dry with a clean towel. Toss towel into laundry basket and murder anyone who uses the shower before the inspection.

    Certified to pass the black-sock test every time. :smile:
     
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  12. MomoftheMagik

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    Wow, you guys crack me up! You are so testy. I suppose nerves will do that to us.

    Zaph, I don't think these moms and dads are trying to baby their plebes-to-be as much as they are trying to console themselves about "losing" them. When my first enlisted, I was beside myself. I needed to DO something, but there was little I could do. Now that I see he has survived and is THRIVING, I feel a bit more relaxed about DS2's experience, even though it is a bit different.

    I've also learned not to take things too personally. It is a tough but very important lesson!

    Now, back to the topic at hand. I think we will just send "comfort" stuff, like body glide, boot powder, and of course some homemade goodies to share, until we hear from the DS exactly what he needs. I can really get behind baking for the plebes!
     
  13. Zaphod

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    As a father myself (albeit nowhere near having to experience college-going yet) I fully understand, believe me.

    However, during my time on this and other boards, I've had to remind more than one parent to beware of trying to baby their Mid/cadet out of the frustration of "losing" them. It's not good for the parent or the kid, and USxA is not an environment where such things go over well.


    Madam, your Mid will be the most popular guy in his company if you do that. My mom used to send me Cuban empanadas and her famous bread pudding. The line of Mids trying to mooch went out the door and down the p-way. :biggrin:
     
  14. MomoftheMagik

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    MMMM...empanadas and bread pudding. Did they travel well? My son is lucky enough to have a 17-year-old sister who wants to be a pastry chef, though you wouldn't know it to look at him. He is the definition of a bean pole. He will probably get along really well with his roommates!
     
  15. Zaphod

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    LOL. No joke!

    In my case they only had to travel from NYC to Annapolis, which isn't a long trip.

    It didn't last long once it arrived, either. :biggrin:
     
  16. GoNavyMom

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    For the record, I thought Zaphod was funny and I agreed but I also appreciated what the mom was going through in terms of parental withdrawal and was trying to explain the softer side of civilian things.

    GoNavyMom
     
  17. MomoftheMagik

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    Wow, this month is FLYING by. Unfortunately, next month will probably be a drag for us as we await every opportunity to hear from our kids!

    I wanted to mention a point on the subject of this thread. Earlier there had been some concern about which of the items on the list we should purchase and send, if any. There seemed to be two schools of thought:
    1. none of it will be necessary, so don't bother
    2. if you are told to bring things, bring them because you were told to do so

    I will admit I was of the second opinion though I hadn't read the list yet. When I actually read the "instructions" preceeding the list, my position changed. It reads, "All candidates will be issued nearly everything that they will need...but candidates will be allowed to bring and utilize the following clothing..." This is clearly not a "this is what you will be expected to bring" list, but an "if you want some extras, this is what will be allowed" list.

    That really helped clarify the issue for me. Hope it helps others as well.
     

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