Letters during Plebe Summer

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  1. NavalOdyssey2016

    NavalOdyssey2016 Member

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    It's my understanding that we will be able to write letters during Plebe Summer, though I've heard there is very little time for that, I was just curious as to where we get the materials for that. Do we bring in pens and paper? or do we get it there? Any help would be appreciated. :smile:
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  2. AikiBudo

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    Seeing as you will be on a college campus I'm sure there are bound to be some pens and paper laying around. Seriously though anything you are required to do during Plebe Summer you will be provided with the tools to do it. Writing letters is mandatory :smile:
     
  3. engineer

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    You will be issued everything you need, and you will be required to write home one time at the beginning of plebe summer. For you parents out there, don't worry too much when you read that first letter. For you plebes to be out there, just remember that your parents are thinking about you 24/7 so try to include more than one line in that letter :shake:
     
  4. USNA2016Dad

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    Old Joke

    I'm curious to see how my son writes home. But I'm sure he'll sign it with his last name. It's been a running joke in our house ever since he gave mom his first Mother's Day card years ago.:smile:
    Cheers...
     
  5. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    Some parents have gotten creative and in their letters sent to their plebes, they included an extra sheet with multiple choice questions for their son/daughter to fill out and return.
     
  6. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    Encourage your parents (and other close friends/relatives) to WRITE YOU -- the old snail mail -- as often as possible during the summer and then I suppose move to email once Ac Year starts.

    In the "old days" of newspapers, my mother sent me clippings from the local papers. My father wrote a short letter EVERY SINGLE DAY. Just nonsense stuff like what the dog had done, what the neighbors were doing, what he and my mother were doing, etc. And he passed along advice that he'd learned as a WWII Marine in the Pacific theater -- little pearls of wisdom that helped keep me going.

    Looking back now, I realize just how special those letters were and how I looked forward to mail call b/c I knew I'd have a letter from him. Even at the time, all of my classmates were "jealous" that I got mail every single day. Jealous in a good way -- it's hard to rag on someone when their dad is writing them a letter. Those letters were priceless and I only wish I'd saved them.

    You don't have to be an author. You don't have to have exciting tales to tell. And your plebe WILL have time to read the 3-4 paragraphs you manage to jot down. Just being reminded that the life they've left is still ongoing is such a wonderful thing. And you as a parent/relative, etc. definitely have more time than your plebe.

    So, from Day 1, pick up your pen.

    BTW, one little trick my dad learned -- number or date your letters so that if more than one arrives on the same day, your plebe can read them in order.
     
  7. 2012mom?

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    To you new USNA parents: I echo USNA1985's comments about writing to your Plebes by "snail mail" as often as possible. Here's how important those letters were to my new Ensign:

    We recently went apartment hunting together in a town near her first duty station. We took a carload of "stuff" that she wanted to take in the first trip. As we were onloading things into a storage facility, I noticed a clear shoebox of letters. My Ensign saw what was in my hand, and said that she had kept EVERY letter from her time at USNA.

    So, plan to write OFTEN about anything that's happening to family and friends. Send jokes. Send comics that will help your Plebe laugh. Don't worry that you have nothing to say. As my then-Plebe said, "It didn't matter what was in the letter, or even whether I had time to read them right away. Every time I saw an envelope with familiar handwriting on it, I knew that someone cared enough about me to write."

    Class of 2016 and parents: fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!
     
  8. 1964BGO

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    Jadler and 1985 are spot on with their suggestions. Plebe summer can be super busy for the nuggets, and long letters home tend to be at the bottom of the priority totem pole. At the same time letters FROM home and friends are highly prized. This topic recurs annually about this time, so go back through the archives and you will find a wealth of ideas to try to keep your plebe's moral on the upside. Remember, it is only six weeks and goes really fast for the plebes, primarily because they are super busy.
     
  9. NavalOdyssey2016

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    I appreciate the responses but as a soon-to-be Plebe I was just curious as to whether we would be provided the materials to write letters. and also, is there some way to keep addresses because I want to write my grandparents and I don't know their address from memory. or should I just memorize the addresses I'll need?
    Thanks
     
  10. LongAgoPlebe

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    NavalOdyssey, put a small tab in your wallet with grandparents' and any friends' addresses you want to be sure to remember. With that said: USNA will be just delighted to help you beef up your memorization skills!
     
  11. William36912

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    Does anyone know when we 2016 Plebes learn our addresses/PO boxes? It would be nice to know in advance of I-Day so we can have that info for friends and family.
     
  12. JettAirliner

    JettAirliner USNA Appointee 2016

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    Once we get our company assignments we'll have the Plebe Summer mailing address. And that happens anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple days before I-Day. Or even on I-Day, according to the packet here.
    Here's the format:MIDN _____
    USNA CLASS OF 2016
    __ Company, __ Platoon
    Annapolis, MD 21412
     
  13. Memphis9489

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    True, they are provided stationary and pen/pencils - not sure about the envelope & stamp - but it all manages to happen.

    The first letter from one of my sons was scribbled as if he was locked in a dark cave. All it said was:

    They're making us write a letter.

    That's it.

    I thought it was hilarious because I could completely relate. My wife was not as amused. I understood perfectly what was going on. I envisioned some squad leader (detailer) strolling down the passageway and screaming,

    "You've all got 10 minutes to get that letter on my desk! I do not want to hear about any phone calls from your mommies and daddies who are worried about their little babies. Tell them that you're alive and loving it here at Camp Chesapeake. Get it done! There will be no excuses! I'm waaaaaaiting ... you've got nine minutes!"​

    I wrote them (my Plebe sons) every other day and didn't really care if they ever wrote back. I figured they had something better to do than sit down and write a lengthy, contemplative letter.

    You need to have the mindset that it's not about YOU.
     
  14. engineer

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    You either be issued or have access to pen/pencil, paper, envelopes, and stamps. If you are worried about losing addresses, have your parents include a list of addresses in the first letter they send you.

    We sent funny cards, our mid's favorite comic strip, and anything humorous we could think to include. He always got a big kick out or whatever we sent.
     
  15. AcademyFriend1

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    As I recall, last year the addresses came about 3-4 days before I-Day -- in enough time to post it on Facebook for friends and family.
     

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