Phone Calls?

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  1. Pahndah

    Pahndah Member

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    Hey guys. My brother just left for West Point on the 27th [*depression*] and he said he would get to call a couple times throughout BCT, but was pretty ambiguous as to dates. Does anyone have any idea how often, and how late into BCT, they get to call? Thanks!
     
  2. mom3boys

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    This information will be posted on the West Point Parents page of facebook. Keep checking under the info tab.
     
  3. Pahndah

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    Cool, thanks. :)
     
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    Just came home from R day ... dropped off my daughter :( Was told that phone calls would probably be btwn July 5-8, July 18th, and July 27-30. Of course, these were all tentative dates!!
     
  5. mom3boys

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    July 18th is firm; that is the ice cream social...the others are "windows." Just be sure to always have your phone nearby and answer all calls, even if you don't recognize the number. Two years ago, we got a call from cadre saying that our son would be calling the next night between 5-7 and to please be available. Most of my friends didn't get the pre-call...mine just had a very thoughtful squad leader, I guess!
     
  6. Pahndah

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    Hmmm, good to know... now I can look forward to it. :) Thanks!
     
  7. WAMom68

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    Excellent point! My son's first call came up as Ohio on the caller ID. He was using a cell phone of one of his cadre. Nobody had warned me about this so I'm glad I answered it.
     
  8. Pahndah

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    That is a good point... something to definitely keep in mind, since I generally pick up and hang up on numbers I don't recognize. lol
     
  9. buff81

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    Just posted on West Point Parents Facebook:

    A few parents have asked for the dates of the phone calls mentioned in the briefing on Monday.

    Three phone calls during Cadet Basic Training
    5-9 July - Approximate
    18 July, 1330-1700 - ICE CREAM SOCIAL
    27-31 July - Approximate

    Remember to have your cell phones charged!
    AND Keep the cards and letters coming!
     
  10. J&T White

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    Has anyone gotten a call yet? Does anyone know what time of day they normally call?
     
  11. Pahndah

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    I just got a phone call tonight at about 9.... my brother's coming home. :D
     
  12. scoutpilot

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    You're happy that your brother quit? Wow, that's messed up.
     
  13. mom3boys

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    I hope an adult in your home strongly encouraged him to stick it out; he really hasn't given it much of a chance. I don't know how hard they'll try to talk them into staying this year since the class is too big. Only the strong survive!
     
  14. NV_USMA_Mom

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    I have not received a phone call either. Does the window of dates include windows of times as well? I start a new school year on Friday! I'll just tell my principal that if my new cadet calls, he better come teach Kindergarten! :yllol:

    Please update if your new cadets call! I'd love to hear the updates from any and all families with new cadets!
     
  15. tallbutshort

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    When I was at SLS a couple of squad leaders were talking about how the Beast I Commander is going to try to make Beast harder than normal to get more people to quit since the class is too big.
     
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    Thought I heard the superintendent said that USMA changed tactic. It does not want to use "attrition" to eliminate cadets. It now intends to increase the graduation rate from 70% to 80+% by growing the future leader. Anyone else heard that?

    Pahndah you are joking that your bro is coming home, arn't you.
     
  17. mom3boys

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    I've only heard of calls in the evening hours; that being said, evening at WP is afternoon for you! I would leave my phone on and strapped to my hip...tell the principal the situation and bring the kids into the adventure...show pics of wp, etc...if he calls at school, they can all give a group shout out. Have coloring pages/play doh on the ready so they have something quiet to do, just in case!
     
  18. scoutpilot

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    A word from your friendly admissions rep...

    Let's please get over the idea that this class is "too big." The class is NOT "too big." This year, we experienced an unusually low number of declined offers. That means that candidates who finished their files late and in past years would have received offers under the rolling admissions process did not receive them this year because so few of the earlier offers were turned down. It does NOT mean that the class is accidentally too big.

    The admissions department doesn't send out offers willy-nilly with no accountability. They keep careful track of the offers and make more offers or decline to make more offers as the number of acceptances dictate. No one at Bldg 606 woke up one morning and said "Holy crap, there are way too many in this class!" This isn't Cap'n Crunch cereal, people. We didn't put too many Crunchberries in the box, so to speak.

    This class is larger than previous classes because the somewhat recent increase in the authorized end strength of the Corps (from 4000 to 4400) has yet to be achieved due to natural attrition and smaller class sizes in previous years. As a result, the decision was made to increase the number of admissions to reach that end strength. Believe it or not, there is a method to the madness.

    Additionally (I've said it before and I'll say it again): WEST POINT DOES NOT SEEK TO MAKE PEOPLE QUIT.

    I hope I don't need to repeat that again, but I no doubt will. West Point sets standards--high standards--that must be achieved because they are expected of those who will lead Soldiers in our nation's finest force. Cadets will fail and/or quit because they do not meet those standards. But, again, those standards are NOT set in order to make a certain percentage quit, despite the nefarious intentions that some folks think West Point harbors. I assure you the Commandant is not wringing his hands and waxing his villainous handlebar mustache while he sets traps to make Cadets fail. Rather, he sets standards that reflect the bare minimum of what a leader in our Army must be capable of doing. In the end, some kids won't meet those standards. The Dean sets academic standards in accordance with what is expected of one of the world's finest univeristies. Some kids won't measure up to those either. It's a fact of the military, and a fact of life.

    Lastly, the Beast Regiment Commander (the cadet) his very little say about what actually happens in CBT as far as standards or training. So we can dispense with the rumor that he is trying to "make things hard."

    Thanks, and thanks for thinking coherently about all this.

    -SP
     
  19. Dixieland

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    Well said, scoutpilot! Thank you! I have never understood why people will latch onto a vague rumor and assume it is truth.

    Pahndah, did your brother really quit? If so, that's a shame. Why would you be happy about that? They are only coming up on the end of the second week.
     
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  20. tallbutshort

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    I didn't latch onto a vague rumor and assume it is truth. All I did was relay exactly what the squad leaders said. I didn't provide any commentary. People can interpret it however they want. It seems to me like the CBT Beast Regiment Commander was just talking big about beating on the plebes when he really can't do much.
     

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