New Camo's coming summer 2015

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  1. clofton6

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    Hello all, I am a recently appointment member of the Class of 2019 and had a question regarding the new camo being installed this summer. I have been looking at boots and wanted to get a pair to begin training in but I don't want to spend the money if we are going to be changing camo's thus in turn changing boot colors. Does anyone know if USMA will be installing the new camo's this summer or if they will be waiting like many other posts to switch over?


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  2. ca2midwestmom

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    I don't know the answer to the camos question, but just a word of warning if you plan to buy boots ahead of time. You will get a "Boot Letter' with a list of the approved footwear (boots and low quarters) to purchase for Beast (a mandatory purchase). Even though this letter is sent out in March to appointees, it is still at the discretion of the Army to change the list. We purchased a pair of Rocky C4T for my DS ($130+) prior to Beast. He wears a size 15, so there were only a few options for him to purchase online (we are not near an approved footwear seller). He took the boots to Beast and was told at first they were not authorized for Beast (it turns out the Army decided in June or July that brand/model were no longer authorized). At some point during Beast, new cadets were told they COULD wear the boot for Beast, but it would not be approved for wear after Beast. He has been wearing his issued pair since then (you receive one pair of boots and low quarters on R-Day). It's good to get the boots and low quarters early to break them in, but you may want to wait for the official boot letter, unless you can afford to purchase multiple pairs.
     
  3. clofton6

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    ca2midwestmom,

    Thank you for your response, that'll definitely be something I need to think about and wait.


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  4. 845something

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    Chances are they will continue to issue the current ACU pattern to cadets for a while. Fielding a new uniform takes time, priority usually will go to those deploying. I don't think cadets started wearing the current ACU pattern until a couple years after it was first fielded. In saying that, wait for the boot memo - there are plenty of boots out there that don't meet regulations now that you don't want to buy.
     
  5. civic29

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    I'm interested to find out if they will switch to scorpion camo. I don't think rotc is for a while so westpoint might not either. I wish they switched camo because I think the multicam looks really nice and is more effective. After all, every branch is switching to it in a few years.


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  6. Dixieland

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    At this point, I would focus on training in a pair of high-quality running shoes that have been fit to your foot and type of motion. Start at a running specialty store and find out what brand is best for your foot. Don't be hobbling in pain with shin splints just weeks before Beast starts---you cannot report to Beast injured.
     
  7. civic29

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    Almost all candidates are athletic so he can probably run well an injury free, that being said amping up the workouts and runs would help a lot. I have been running outside in the cold every day almost.



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  8. clofton6

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    As civic29 said, I am already in fairly good shape and don't really have an issue training, I have been running consistently since September and have worked my way up and can fairly easily run 4-5 miles. I am from Texas so it has been good to train in the heat of the summer; now I am just waiting for the cold of the winter we are "suppose" to have.

    I have only been looking at boots for the future and it was just a question that had come up.

    Thank you all for all of your help!



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  9. NavyHoops

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    Actually the advice on shoes is spot on clofton6. One, you are making assumptions that everyone comes to USMA is in great shape. Not the fact. You will see the full spectrum. Well broken in shoes that are the right fit are critical. A few reasons why... every person has different feet, running patterns, etc. A properly fit pair of shoes is very helpful to prevent shin splints. When you are on your feet for days on end and half of that in combat boots... your body starts to break down. This is when overuse injuries happen. My class at USNA was issued running shoes. When I was a Detailer the Plebes brought their own shoes. The decrease in shin splints, blisters, etc was huge simply by letting everyone wear their own shoes. You will see this same thing with combat boots. Everyone will find what is best for them in each environment. Your upperclass will help guide in with their experience in what to look for.
     
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    NavyHoops, thank you for the helpful advice! Will search around for some stores nearby and make a visit!


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  11. civic29

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    I have my own running shoes like he mentioned and I used to always get pains in my hip from how I ran. Then they stopped, atleast for now so I agree it would be a good investment


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  12. ca2midwestmom

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    While the majority of candidates are athletes, remember that not all athletes are runners, nor do all sports involve distance running in their training ... think of swimming, wrestling, the "field" part of track & field, etc.

    Running has been, by far, the least favorite part of my DS's experience at WP ... especially considering how hilly WP is. He is a swimmer.

    So perhaps Dixieland's advice was in general to those who may not be track/cross country runners or athletes that even do short distance/sprint running. You will do a lot of running at WP -- and you don't want to be the last one in the back holding up the entire group.
     
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    civic29, no need to discount other folks' advice. As a grad parent, I have lots of experiences to share. You need to keep reading this page and learning everything you can. Lots of us have West Point information and experiences that can help you.
     
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    Agree with investing in quality and individually fitted running shoes. My daughter was a runner (track athlete) but was not acclimated to running hills or terrain other than a track. Quality running shoes will help prevent injuries.
     
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  16. civic29

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    sorry, that statement did come off as if I was dismissing your statement. I was just trying to say he was probably fairly athletic, not that the shoes won't help. I agree I have new shoes and they work great
     

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