Pardon my paranoia, but it's been a long year.

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by NYC Dad, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. NYC Dad

    NYC Dad Member

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    It is very near the end for my son...
    Worked hard, Poked, Prodded, LOAd, Nominated, Appointed, Accepted.
    Boots:check, Bank:check, Deposit:sent, Wisdom Teeth:yanked,
    All forms: in-green.
    So why am I worried?
    Is there some little procedural/bureaucratic detail missed that will
    ruin everything on May 1st? We WILL be re-re-reading all the instructions...again, but some feedback-advice-reassurance would be appreciated...or at the very least would lower my blood pressure.
    Thanks to all.
     
  2. scoutpilot

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    Chill, baby, chill. If you're truly worried, call admissions to make sure they have everything they need. Your son will be fine. 1300 sets of parents get it right every year, and many of them are not that capable :wink:
     
  3. Livinlarger

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    Trust me, been there. I remember it seeming like there has to be more to do at this point. For a year, seemingly everyday, we all focused on what needed to be done. Then, everything was complete and we just waited, and prepared, for R-Day. If everyhting is green and all papers are filled out, make your copies, put them in a folder, and enjoy the next few months. This time next year you will be saying to yourself "I can't believe how fast it actually went".
     
  4. linkgmr

    linkgmr Old Grad

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    Don't pop a blood vessel. Just make sure he doesn't find himself passed out in front of a police station, and your son should be fine.
     
  5. M2inOR

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    You'll be fine. Your son will be fine.

    Ask your cadet candidate if he is motivated, fit, and healthy. Remind him to stay motivated, fit and healthy. Support his decision.

    Some who report for R-day, leave the same day - some for physical reasons; some for other reasons, some because reality sets in.

    In the final weeks before last year's R-Day, my son asked me to drive him to/from school to make sure there were no traffic incidents. He continued with his academics, sports and other activities, but also had a well defined target - get to R-day.

    Just prior to R-day we had a nice, relaxing vacation, and he said this was probably the best thing we could do before reporting.
     
  6. 2BoyzMom

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    Ditto what everyone above said. You've been going 100 miles an hour for so long that now that you have come to a stop you don't know what to do! My first advice: B R E A T H E!! He (and you) :smile: did it! So now take a step back let him enjoy the rest of high school and graduation! You as a parent, be proud (try not to boast too much:biggrin:) and enjoy the boy you raised. Next you see him again on A day, you'll definitely have a young man!!

    Good luck and God bless:thumb:
     
  7. mom3boys

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    The only hurdle I see is getting him through the graduation parties without doing anything stupid...after that, you can breathe. :wink:
     
  8. BOK

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    This is one of the best posts I have read! We are not doing anything different with our son. We tell him the same thing we would if he was going to a civilian school..."drive slow, be careful and call us if need help with anything." I hope my son end's up in your company.
     
  9. GMRobertson

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    Tragedy

    Your son has already contracted, for future delivery on R Day, to a different lifestyle with different rules and with different requirements than the norm.

    Every year some will have their offer revoked because of behaviour which is the norm for almost all of their peer group.

    Drinking age in this country is 21.

    Every one of his friends will drink and party as the heat is off them and life is good - "second term senior". Nothing they do will upset their plans for next year short of a capital offense.

    Your son is different. He cannot game it, he cannot skate the edges, if he is cited or arrested even for misdemeanors he should know his offer will likely be revoked.

    It happens every year.

    I would stay up at night.
     
  10. GoArmyBeatNavy

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    Sticky that post!!!:thumb:
     
  11. 2BoyzMom

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    .......and lets not forget....now is not the time to be careless........for the DS's or the DD's!!:eek:

    Admission
    To be considered for admission to West Point, a candidate must be at least 17 but not yet 23 years old on July 1st of the year of admission, be unmarried, and have no legal obligation to support children. Candidates must be qualified academically, medically, and physically, and must receive a nomination from an approved source, such as a member of Congress.
     
  12. buff81

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    It's also important to remember that they are held to a different standard now.
    Once they get the BFE, they are not just Jack/Jill Smith anymore. They are Jack/Jill Smith - a West Point appointee.
    People view them differently.
    They will be scrutinized differently.
    They need to remember to act like the future leaders they are going to WP to be - leaders of character.
    Hopefully, between now and R-Day, the appointees won't send a message to WP that they don't deserve their appointment.
     

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