R-Day 2010

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  1. WestPointer2014

    WestPointer2014 Member

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    What actually takes place on R-Day? I know we show up and are yelled at, that sort of thing, but what is it really going to consist of? Are we put into companies, do we do PT, are we paired with roommates? Any information about that and BEAST would be much appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    Go here:
    http://www.westpoint.edu/Class/2013/

    You can see photos of R-Day and Cadet Basic Training from the Class of 2013. Pictures say a thousand words.

    You will be put into companies and if your parents go, they can find your company so they can try and find you during the parade and Oath ceremony. You will get your rooms for CBT and roommates. These companies and roommates will change after A-Day.
    The first week of CBT you will take the APFT. Come prepared to do well.
     
  3. Momof2cadets

    Momof2cadets Founding Member

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    Understanding that my knowledge is from listening and observing, not participating, R-Day seems to be spent doing a lot of "hurry up and wait". You will be issued clothing/equipment; assigned a company (which is broken down further into platoon and squad), room and room mates; do a lot of paperwork, etc. This involves lots of waiting in lines and walking from place to place...all under the intense scrutiny of your cadre. You will also learn the rudiments of marching in formation to prepare for the evenings oath ceremony. Hope that helps you get some idea -- :thumb:
     
  4. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    I browsed through the pictures before and it looks like fun. I LOVE conformity and organization and I think those are the two most aesthetically pleasing things about the Army :smile:
     
  5. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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    I agree with Chock, it looks quite the experience.
     
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    Or rather, uniformity? To me, conformity sounds like a total lack of personal initiative; whereas, uniformity, to me, involves each individual's personal choice and drive to work with others to form a greater entity.
     
  7. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    I said it was AESTHETICALLY pleasing - I'm fascinated by the physical appearance of cadets dressed smartly in the same way. In other words, I just think uniformed men and women look cool. I didn't mean that I enjoyed the fact that those in the military conform to an identical character or personality(which obviously does not happen and I would not want to happen).
     
  8. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    Does it help if you already know drill?
     
  9. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

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    Agreed. Too many people assume that just because what is ON the body is the same, what is IN it is as well.
     
  10. Just_A_Mom

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    @TheKnight - yes
    On R-day a good amount of time is spent learning the basics - saluting, marching etc.
    You will march in your first parade on R-day when you march out to take the Oath.

    Some New Cadets who are prior service or went to prep school have described it as "fun". For most - I have found it is extremely stressful and I have heard some Cadets (plebes and older ones) describe it as the "worst" day of their life. There is a lot of "hurry up and wait" and generally some confusion on the part of everyone.
    Different people handle stress differently. There is a lot of information to learn and process. Things get confusing. Don't let it get you down. Go with the flow - they can't stop the clock ;)
     
  11. Ken2012

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    Who taught you drill? There may be a little variation between the branches.
     

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