Question on Summer Schedule for class of 2016

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  1. usafamomma

    usafamomma Member

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    Hi,

    Does anyone know the important dates for the class of 2016? I can't seem to find them...
    inprocessing 6/28
    swearing in ceremony 6/29
    field day?
    doolie day out?
    march to jacks valley?
    march back from jacks valley?
    acceptance parade?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. kdc246

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    These Dates were posted by the AOG (Association of Graduates) in late March this year. Hope this helps. Field day usually coincides with Doolie Day out.

    Important Summer Dates

    Submitted by WebMule on March 26, 2012 - 2:51pm
    I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break!

    We received some important summer dates from our Academy Liason, and I thought that I would pass them along:


    02 June to 22 June 1st Summer Period

    23 June to 13 July 2nd Summer Period

    14 July to 04 Aug 3rd Summer Period

    NOTE: Summer period end/start dates are approximate, depending on the program.

    28 June In-processing, Class of 2016

    29 June Swearing-In Ceremony

    15 July Doolie Day Out

    16 July March out to Jacks Valley

    28 July March back from Jacks Valley

    07 Aug Acceptance Parade

    08 Aug Commitment Dinner

    09 Aug New Semester Classes Start


    I can't believe the summertime is almost here!
     
  3. usafamomma

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    Thank you so much!!!!!

    Best of luck to your cadet.
     
  4. YorkieMom75

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    Are parents allowed to see/talk to their new cadet/doolie anytime on the day they return from Jacks Valley? Or can we just watch the march back and try to find our son in the formation? Same on Acceptance Day - do we get to talk to him or just see him in the formation from the Wall?

    Since the Return from Jacks Valley is on a Sat, we will be able to go, but Acceptance Day is on a Thurs, and we have to work. :frown: But we would still go even to see our son in a formation, hold up a sign, and cheer him on for the March, even if we aren't allowed to talk to him. Anyone know?
     
  5. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Are parents allowed to see/talk to their new cadet/doolie anytime on the day they return from Jacks Valley? Or can we just watch the march back and try to find our son in the formation? Same on Acceptance Day - do we get to talk to him or just see him in the formation from the Wall?

    Since the Return from Jacks Valley is on a Sat, we will be able to go, but Acceptance Day is on a Thurs, and we have to work. But we would still go even to see our son in a formation, hold up a sign, and cheer him on for the March, even if we aren't allowed to talk to him. Anyone know?

    1. Return from Jack's. No, you can not visit with your DS, but you can watch he and 1,000 basics and their cadre march by.

    2. Acceptance Day. Yes, you can visit with your DS for a couple hours following the ceremony, which takes place on the parade grounds. Spectators sit in the stands to observe and you can then meet, picnic with, etc your DS. Bring extra food for your DS's buddies (who are likely to become your newly adopted DS's.)
     
  6. Stealth_81

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    The return from Jack's Valley you would not have a chance to spend any time with your cadet or talk to them. However, many local parents do go and watch the march and hold up signs. (Be careful not to brint too much attention...first names on the sign only :biggrin: ). Hint: One of the best places to view the march is right by the B-52 by North Gate.

    On Acceptance Day you would have a couple of hours after the parade to spend with your cadet. In past years this had been kind of an unsure thing, but in the last couple of years it seems as though the leadership plans for it and it is just is expected. However, if for some reason your cadet has something else to do during this time, their leadership is not going to care if his/her parents are there or not, they will be doing what they need to do. That is something to remember the whole time that they are at the Academy. No matter how much you plan for anything, if the leadership's plans change, so do your cadet's.

    We drove 20 hours each way to spend those couple of hours with our cadet when he was a doolie. I would suggest going to Acceptance Day if you can. It will be only one of two times that you will see the wing march the V-formation of a class joining or leaving the Cadet Wing. The other will be at the graduation parade when the current Firsties march away from the Wing.

    Stealth_81
     
  7. AFAYahoo

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    You wont be able to speak to or spend any time with your son on the march back from Jacks Valley. Many people go to watch, hold up signs (remember, nothing too identifying since upper classmen will still be watching, don't want to give them any ammo with embarressing nicknames etc!), cheer from the sidelines etc.

    You definitely will be able to spend time with him on Acceptance Day if you can get the time off work and choose to go. Its a short visit--maybe 2 to 3 hours of time together--but definitely worth it. There's an early morning parade (9 to about 10:30) that you'll watch from the stands, then the shoulder board ceremony within each squadron (parents can attend), followed by squadron picnics (food supplied by attending parents). Then you'll have some time to spend with your cadet, maybe buying books, seeing his room, just chatting, whatever. Visitors usually have to leave by early afternoon as the cadets will have responsibilities, briefings, etc.

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    Proud mom of a C4C, soon to be C3C!


    Looks like a few of us all answered at the same time, same answers!
     
  8. sweet '16

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    Thank you so much for all of these dates! My parents live in the Springs, and are wanting to come to all/some of these events. We have a detailed schedule for most of them (ie I day, Doolie day out, and the acceptance parade), but I can't seem to find times for the swearing-in ceremony on the 29th, or the March out to and back from Jack's Valley for them. Do you have any idea as to the time of day that these happen? I'll probably know them once BCT starts, but I don't know if I can reach my parents to notify them by then. Plus it's also nice to have some advance notice.:biggrin:
     
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    Join the USAFA Association of Graduates (AOG) as a parent member and you will be notified of everything during BCT as well as following their blog and pictures by squadron. Best money ever spent :smile:
     
  10. AFAYahoo

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    Last year the swearing in ceremony began at 8:30 a.m., but plan on getting to the chapel wall much earlier to get a spot to stand and watch.

    The march out to Jacks Valley began around 8 a.m., and the return began at 1 p.m. after the morning valley sweepstakes and Big Bad Basic competition.

    Hopefully this helps, but the AFA has changed a few things about BCT already, so no guarantee that these times won't change also!:shake:
     
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    That fills a lot of gaps, so thank you!!
     
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    I just noticed that the AOG published Doolie Day Out as July 15th but on page 2 of our BFE under Sponsor Program they say that DDO is August 11th. I wonder what is up with that????
     
  13. Blackbird

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    Interesting. Classes will have started by August 11 so you know that can't be correct. The schedule posted by WebGuy is the same as the one posted by kdc which both have July 15th down as Doolie Day Out.
     
  14. AFAYahoo

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    Last year's schedule included a Doolie day IN on July 9 (started in the afternoon, dinner was brought in to Arnold Hall, basics could use cell phones to call home, had ice cream, movies etc--very relaxing with cadre nowhere to be seen until later that evening) and a Doolie day OUT on Saturday August 13 (went to sponsors houses for the day), and yes, classes had already begun. I thought the schedule had changed for this year, and maybe to save $$, they were only doing a Doolie day OUT on July 15 before the march out to Jacks Valley the next day. Sounds like there is confusion on this just like there was on the date of Acceptance Day. :confused:


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    Proud mom of a C4C, soon to be a C3C!
     
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    There is an actual Doolie Day Out on July 15 this year (instead of Doolie Day In) while all the cadre are switching out. Then we will also have Doolie Day Out on August 11 as usual. We have usually had DDO in August on the first academic weekend. This year they will have both (to my current knowledge). The one in July will be very short and the one in August will be the entire day with their possible sponsors.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  17. kdc246

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    Doolie Day In was a recent occurrence. It first started during I believe either the class of 2012 or 2013 BCT summer due to the swine flu outbreak. It hit particularly hard during BCT that year and to stop the spread of infection they opted for DDI. I think for economic reasons it is reverting back to DDO. Just my opinion though.
     
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    Thank you for all the feedback. Sounds like they'll have 2 ddo's, 7/15 and 8/11. This is great to know for planning purposes.
     
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    If we live in Colorado, will we be able to see our cadets during either of the doolie days in/out?
     
  20. kdc246

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    You might be able to see him if you have signed up to be his sponsor. Not sure about the first date, but the second one for sure if you are his sponsor. Other than that, they suggest that it is a time for the cadet to get to know his sponsor family and though they will be able to call you, I believe visiting is discouraged during this time. I am sure though it has happened before. Suggest that you find out who his sponsor(if it is not you) is, and arrange it through them. Not sure if the sponsor assignments have gone out this early, pretty sure they haven't. Athletes usually go with their coaches on DDO.
     

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