Legacy Assignments

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  1. Mom-Team Smith

    Mom-Team Smith Member

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    Does West Point permit "legacy assignments"...such as father or grandfather was in B-2, so the plebe could request to be assigned to B-2 as a legacy assignment?
     
  2. linkgmr

    linkgmr Old Grad

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    I don't think so. You don't get to request what company you get.
     
  3. Mom-Team Smith

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    Thank you.

    Thank you for your response. I had read about legacy assignments in the USAFA forum and wondered if USMA had the same option.
     
  4. scoutpilot

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    USAFA likes to manufacture traditions, since they've only been around a week or two.

    USMA balances the companies for demographic purposes. You have no choice in where you go, nor can anyone influence it for you. The general USMA view is that there's only one Long Gray Line, and that's the only legacy we need.
     
  5. abeastlybeast

    abeastlybeast USMA Class of 2015

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    hahaha

    Well said, sir.
     
  6. Mom-Team Smith

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    Scoutpilot...thank you for so eloquently reminding me of the legacy of being a part of the Long Gray Line. My husband's best friends today are from his company at USMA and his time in the Army. I am so excited that my son will have the same opportunity.
     
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    does anyone know why they don't separate them by height anymore?
     
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    Probably because all the short companies would be composed of mostly females.
     
  9. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    IMO (obviously I wasn't here when they made the change): Fairness and development. As entertaining as watching tall vs short intermurals would be, it wouldn't be very fair. Also some companies would have too many corps squad athletes and not enough cadets to drill or perform normal company activities. Some companies could end up with top of the class while one could end up with the bottom. I doubt the people in the "bad" company would develop as well as those in an evenly distrubuted company with top, bottom, and middle performers.
     
  10. DHinNH

    DHinNH USMA 1989

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    Another possibility: segregation by height could be somewhat disrupted by growth during time at USMA. Even if it was just one cadet who happened to grow a couple of inches, he or she would stand out and obviously disrupt the desired symmetry.

    "Hey, look honey, the entire Corps of Cadets is arranged by height. Except for that one guy."
     
  11. scoutpilot

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    The reason for doing it by height was so that, by making the companies on either end of the corps the tallest and the ones in the middle shortest, an illusion of uniform height across the field of view could be achieved during a full brigade formation. However, the Corps was smaller then and the formation was one company deep and spread out much wider. They don't form up that way now. It's irrelevant as a method, all other reasons aside.
     
  12. armystrong2015

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    Haha. Good one.
     

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