Not exactly news but more of a question...

Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by trackandfield08, Jun 25, 2010.

  1. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Due to the fact that the class of 2014 for USAFA had their I Day on Thursday, I was wondering if there was any significance of the starting days of the various five service academies. For example, USMA and USCGA will be starting on Monday, June 28. USNA will be starting on July 1, a Thursday, and USMMA is starting July 8, another Thursday. Being an appointee to USCGA, I am curious as to why 3 of the other 4 academies are starting on a Thursday instead of starting at the beginning of the week like USCGA and USMA. Any insight or opinion would be appreciated. :smile:
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Well, which physical day, is actually irrelevant. If you think about it, we're not computers. We aren't turned off, and then turned back on. So which day, really isn't important. But for the Air Force academy, they start on thursday, the 24th. And they will have basic training until July 25th. (Saturday). They will then march back out of the field, and back to the main academy campus. They will spend the rest of Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday getting settled in their room, getting their books for classes, computers, and all the other things required to be a cadet. On Wednesday, August 4th, they will have "A" (Acceptance Day). And they will start classes on Thursday, the 5th of August.

    Could they have started on another day? I guess they could have. However, all the students start their cadet classes on Thursday the 5th. I suppose that the academy worked backwards and said: How many days do the new cadets need to get ready FROM the end of basic to classes starting. They then backed up to that date as the day BCT would end. They then counted backwards 38 consecutive days, and made that the first day of BCT. I guess you'll have to look at the army, navy, coast guard, and Merchant Marines to see if they have the same length of BCT and when they start classes.

    FWIW: My son and daughter's high school started the new year on a Thursday. It allowed a couple days before classes for teachers and students to resolve scheduling and other conflicts. It allowed just 2 days that week to get settled in and familiarized. So starting on a thursday is not actually uncommon.
     
  3. Luigi59

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    Next, you need to find out why USNA 3/c and 2/c shoulder boards and sleeves have stripes that slant the wrong way. :wink:
     
  4. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Thanks Christcorp! Makes sense to me...I was just wondering if there was anything specific about the day or reason why some academies start later in the week then others. My brother also started his freshman year of high school on a Thursday and I actually think that is a good idea to ease everyone into a new school year slowly instead of going right into a full week.

    Luigi, I could have sworn I've read that question and the answers multiple times on this forum. :wink:
     

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