New Cadets/Rising Plebes...check in!

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  1. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot Member

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    Congratulations on completing what is, by far, the most grueling of SA indoctrination programs.

    Tell us all about it!

    What was your happiest moment?

    What was your moment of deepest despair?

    What made you know this is for you?

    What made you second guess yourselves?


    I'll be out at FRIES/SPIES ropemaster today, but I look forward to checking in and hearing from you all!

    -SP
     
  2. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Had a great time, learned a lot. I look forward to an awesome academic year with my new company. Hope the rest of you had an equally meaningful time as well!


    Chockstock
     
  3. rkrosnar

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    New Cadets/Rising Plebes

    Job well done to each and everyone of you. You completed something, I am sure some of you thought could not be done and did it. You first learn to follow, then you will learn to lead.

    I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

    God Speed and God Bless to you all,

    RGK
     
  4. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    What was your happiest moment?

    R-day and the Marchback were close in the level of happiness.


    What was your moment of deepest despair?

    Sleeping in the field in the rain while it was freezing cold.

    What made you know this is for you?

    Performing better than I expected on the field stuff.

    What made you second guess yourselves?

    Failing the APFT.


    BEAST was fun in general. I'm glad to be "out" of it though. Also, I am really glad to have a computer and be connected to the outside world again.
     
  5. WAMom68

    WAMom68 Founding Member

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    Welcome back and good job!:thumb:

    If any of you are in E-2 you will get to know my son.
     
  6. Deirdre

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    To echo WAMom: great job, all of you! Good luck on the academic year. If any of you are in B-2 you'll meet my son
     
  7. tallbutshort

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    Congrats on making it through guys! And thanks for coming back to share your experiences on the forum :thumb:.
     
  8. lotrjedi13

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    Happiest moment?
    When we loaded on the LMTV's for transpo to Buckner after Hyde's Challenge

    Deepest despair?
    Being miserably lost on land nav

    What made you know this is for you?
    When we were marching through the gate during Marchback and I could see the long line of NC's stretching all the way up the road, all in step (it helped that the spirit band was supplying a heart-pumping soundtrack too)

    Biggest surprise?
    I thought it would be a giant haze all the way through, but it wasn't. The cadre were more like mentors (even in 1st detail) than the evil enemy. Even without the haze element, though, it still was challenging.
     
  9. THURL

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    Way to go 2014! Congratulations. My son will see you in G-3
     
  10. militaryfamily

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    Chockstock,

    Can you share what fears and misconceptions you had about West Point that turned out being wrong. Congratulations to you all. Thanks!
     
  11. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Hey guys, just checking in. Ill write more later. Sorry I don't have time to really write about my beast experience now cause the formation time for BDE run is 0500 tomorrow and I need to get some sleep. :thumb:
     
  12. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    And I believe New Cadet TAPS was three hours ago. :biggrin: jkjk

    I can't imagine how slow this run is going to be...
     
  13. Florida

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    Beast was an awesome experience. The cadre weren't looking to haze the mess out of us (some were...) but they didn't give up any chance to do some physical corrective training-I learned to square myself and my squad members away pretty quickly.
    Biggest surprise: learning so much so fast. Knowledge, land nav skills, safety, weapons skills (assemble, zero, fire effectively, buddy live fire...), general military courtesy-I was surprised all the info I've retained from the both details regardless of the long days and constant pressure.

    I'll agree that walking through the gates seeing all the new cadets marching in step with family and friends lining the roads was an incredible experience. Definitely a highlight.

    It feels great to be supported by so many people.

    Forever One Team
    2014
     
  14. BeatNavy

    BeatNavy USMA Cadet

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    Hey y'all. Got some free time now. Beast was an awesome experience. It was much different than I though it would be, and it is different for each and every person. Some parts of beast which are challenging to some may come easily to others and vice versa. My biggest mistakes, especially in first detail were a lot of attention to detail based things, making sure your uniform is squared away, not forgetting anything, being ready on time. Little stuff, but very important stuff. The way this place works is it transitions you from small, easy responsibilites and tasks to the large task of officership upon graduation. So it all starts with the first few weeks of beast where you just need to take care of small stuff like you and your room as well as helping out your buddies. Even within beast there is gradual responsibility. You have to be trusted to follow simple instructions before you can go out on fire team live fire where if you screw up badly, you could shoot someone. Other people had different challenges, some people had to work to get in shape, others had problems with field stuff like marksmanship, etc. Another big lesson was how to work as a team with other members of your squad, platoon etc. My first detail squad leader was awesome and helped create an example in my mind for how to be a good leader. He was really inspirational and helped teach some really valuable lessions. The night fire was totally kickass :biggrin: It felt totally like that level in Call of duty 4 with the IR lasers. Also the MGs and the 203 were pretty sweet. Even though I got unmotivated or pissed off sometimes, I can honestly say that overall I was happy to be there the whole time. The worst part of beast wasn't any one part, it was just after a while it started to wear on you, and I found myself thinking, hey I just want one day off to chill and sleep in. Its kind of hard for me to answer those questions posted earlier, there wasnt really a specific moment for a lot of those things. I kind of felt like I knew I wanted to be here the whole time.
     
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  15. linkgmr

    linkgmr Old Grad

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    What was your happiest moment?

    Riding in the Helicopter to the Hyde Challenge

    What was your moment of deepest despair?

    R-Day; Walking into my room and wondering "Where the %$@! are my roommates?"(Supposed to have 2. Ended up with 0 for first few days.)

    What made you know this is for you?

    Shooting the various weapons

    What made you second guess yourselves?

    Land Nav
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  16. vampsoul

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    Tell us all about it!

    What was your happiest moment?
    Every run or ruck march I completed. I would always doubt that I could do it in the beginning and then somehow made it through with perceverence and some help from my company.

    What was your moment of deepest despair?
    The middle of those events listed above, when it seemed like the run/ruck would never end.

    What made you know this is for you?
    During CBT the number of times you are not having fun outnumber the times that you are, but the high points here at USMA are so high that they make the low points completely and utterly insignificant.

    What made you second guess yourselves?
    Ruck marches were especially hard for me, because I am so very small (I fit in my rucksack). There were times when I would think to myself "I am not cut out for this". Then my amazing cadre would motivate me through.
     
  17. scoutpilot

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    I may have seen you. I watched five or six UH-60 flights go past on Saturday.
     
  18. vampsoul

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    I don't remember my helicopter ride. It was 5am and I slept the whole way.
     
  19. linkgmr

    linkgmr Old Grad

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    Did you see any CH-47s? I was on one of those.
     
  20. scoutpilot

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    Nope, didn't see or hear a hooker all day.
     

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