R-DAY 2009

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by shellz, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. shellz

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    Well, R-Day is over (for us parents) and I have to say it was WONDERFUL! For those out there still researching and contemplating CGA, I must say that the academy staff made what could have been a very traumatic day, very reassuring and bearable. It was hard to say goodbye, but after meeting so many wonderful swabs, parents and academy staff, I knew I was leaving my kid in good hands.

    All of the R-Day advice that was given to us from folks on this forum was spot-on! Follow what you are told to a "T" and the day will go well.

    The journey is beginning, and I felt so proud of all 290 swabs as they lined up to take the oath. Very inspirational, and the flyover by the falcon made it pretty darn spectacular!

    Off to sleep...last night was restless for us. I hope our swab gets some sleep as well. :wink:

    Thanks again everyone...couldn't have made it this far without this board. It has been a lifeline.

    Shellz
     
  2. Luigi59

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    Congrats once again shellz - To you, your son, and your whole family on what was a very long journey to arrive at where he is today.

    Taking the "self-directed prep" route is a tough way to get in, but no one can deny a candidate's motivation who goes in this direction. I'm sure the Admissions Dept saw the qualities in him in Round Two that they somehow overlooked during Round One. Perserverance, dedication, commitment, etc.

    It is not an exact science, and I'm glad to know that there are kids like him that do not take "no" for an answer when reaching out for a livelong goal.

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  3. J Collins

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    Big Hugs to you hon!!!

    Thanks for the text msgs... :) wish we could of been there just to hang out.. but NMMI is a great route for Joyce and we are pretty excited ourselves... we leave in 21 days...............:eek: holy crap.............. she reports in in 24 :eek::eek::eek:

    xoxoxo Michelle see you in a few months!
     
  4. shellz

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    Two days down! I know he is ok, and I felt really ok with leaving him there. He was tired and hungry after the swearing in, but eager to get back to his company when the 10 minutes were up. No hesitation...he was ready, plain and simple. He decided this was the path, and we are happy to let him go and give it all he has.

    A proud day for us, and all of the other swab parents.

    Now, off to bed. My body has no clue what time it really is....the clock says 10:20 pm, but it feels much, much later!
     
  5. shellz

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    Julie-
    Hang in there friend! If I can do it, so can you!! :thumb:

    Enjoy the time left to have your baby at home. Talk tomorrow!
     
  6. zfam

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    congrats shellz!!

    Did you put the CG Academy sticker on your car yet? :smile:
    So glad to hear all went well, don't know if you've seen it but son sent the link for the CG swab summer '09 video. He said it was Golf co.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COgsShwcWKk

    Hang in there, your son is a testament to hard work and dedication, he will be fine(!) believe it or not the summer does go fast...
    We're keeping all the new swabs in our thoughts and prayers.
     
  7. CenTex Dad

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    AMEN! All of the advice given here made for very well prepared parents. My wife only got misty eyed when we said our good-byes...she realized that she could not have left her son with any better bunch than at CGA. Our son returned to his company 2+ minutes early because he was not going to be the last one back. Funny how in 8+ hours they had "motivated" him to be early (something I have been trying to accompish for 18 years!):yllol:
     
  8. Stitch626

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    Ditto on all the previous posts! The academy did a wonderful job making us feel like our kids were in good hands (in spite of all the yelling going on). When our daughter met us for those final 10 minutes, she was tired, but ready to do it! She was so much more prepared, having gone through CGAS Orientation last year (she was definitely "shell-shocked" when we left her last year):eek: I was so proud of all those kids out there on Washington Field and hope they all make it! And my husband & I have made so many new acquaintances with other swab's parents this past weekend-- many sure to become good friends over the next four years! What a great experience for us too! Now I'm just going to have to figure out how to remember who everyone is, where they are from, what their son or daughter's name is & what company they are in (only to have to relearn all the company information again when the school year begins):wink: I think I need to go take some ginseng!!!
     
  9. shellz

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    I agree with your last statement. We were told that the CGA will teach our boy in 18 minutes what we couldn't in 18 years! So true. Love it, love it, LOVE IT! :cool:
     
  10. shellz

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    It was great, wasn't it, to meet so many like minded kids and parents. I, too, need some ginseng. Pass some my way. I am having a hard time remember who we met, and HOW we met. Geez, this getting old thing is rough! :smile:
     
  11. Luigi59

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    Good feelings will also be coming your way on Friday and Saturday nights around midnight, when you KNOW where they are, who they're with, and have a pretty good idea of what they are doing.

    Unlike the parents of most college freshmen.

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  12. shellz

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    True! My husband and I both agreed that we think it will be easier to have him at CGA rather than at a "regular" university, for exactly the reason you just stated. Aside from it being so far away, this transition seems to be much easier than I thought. Bumps in the road ahead? Probably, but we all will weather them just fine. Having you all to rely on has made it so much easier, and I assume someday I will offer the same support to those who come after.

    Have a wonderful 4th everyone! :smile:
     
  13. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Is there aren't any bumps....he's on the wrong road! :wink::biggrin:
     
  14. shellz

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    Good point LITS! He has always taken the road less traveled, and found some pretty interesting bumps. I will assume this is no different. Just don't want him to land in the ditch next to the road! I think he'll be fine, but boy I think the summer is gonna be long while we wait to hear his voice (or get a letter....which is HIGHLY unlikely given what I know about my boy and his letter writing skills) saying that he made the right choice and that it is all going to be ok.
     
  15. J Collins

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    LOL
     
  16. beatkp

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    For what it's worth, the class of 2013 Alpha swabs where introduced to their new Cadre about 25 min. ago. The swabs didn’t have a clue about the transition. But don’t worry I’m they will do a fine job. The new Cadre is about as nervous as the Swabs will be.

    On a side note, the Football prospects look good this year.
     
  17. Stitch626

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    New cadre already??:eek: I thought they had the first ones for a couple of weeks before they switched them out... I know the Eagle cadre is a different group - how many different groups of cadre will they have over the seven weeks?
     
  18. beatkp

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    Just two... A group starts the first week then goes on three weeks leave while B group takes over, after mystic first group finishes out swab summer.


    AIM cadre are tasked with all three weeks, while CGAS cadre only have two duty weeks.
     
  19. Stitch626

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    Thanks, beatkp! My DD was CGAS last year, so I guess she may have thought she had the inside scoop:smile: She knew there were two different groups of cadre, but thought they were 3 weeks with the first one, and 3 weeks with the second (Eagle stuck in the middle somewhere). She is in Alfa, so it is really nice knowing a little bit about what is going on there (especially since I haven't heard from her yet:frown:, even with the form letters I gave her). I'm hoping to get one this week since she had church yesterday:wink:
     
  20. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Two groups of cadre, "first make" and "second make".
     

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