Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Prep, Aug 18, 2012.
Is there any rhyme or reason to roommate assignments your plebe year or is it strictly random?
Plebe summer is basically random within the platoon.
At the end of the summer you're usually allowed to choose your roommate(s) for the upcoming year. Rooming rarely switches up during the year unless a roommate leaves or someone gets punched in the face.
To add to what Hurricane said, you may get to choose your roommates coming out of plebe summer, but ultimately it's up to your training staff and there are no guarantees. I'm a plebe right now and my company didn't get to pick our roommates. So just be aware that there could be significant variation by company on things like that.
My DDs company allowed them to put in a "preference" for who they wanted but from there it was a guess.
As Plebes it can vary by company. Most companies do allow Plebes to select their room mates, but some will assign room mates. Some companies will step in if for instance 3 athletes of the same sports team request to live together (especially as Plebes, as upperclass this can happen). That is not always the best thing to do and really isolates Plebes (and upperclass) from their classmates. Some companies will allow Plebes to switch up room mates at the semester break, some will not. As upperclass you will pick your room mates. This will vary based upon rooms available also, some companies have a mix of 3 and 4 man rooms available (some have 2 man rooms, those are usually on top floors). Females obviously have fewer people to select from purely based upon numbers. We had one female classmate in my company that no one wanted to live with so she rotated what group she lived with each year.
There's always one, isn't there...
My son asked for 3 specific roommates and those three all asked for each other as well. In this 4-man room 3 out of the four that asked for each other got their request. My son and his roommates are guessing the reason dash 4 didn't make it was due to an unusal situation regarding another midshipman that was assigned to this room. In the case of the one who didn't get assigned into the 4-man room, it appears he may received his alternate choice as one of his roommates is also doing the same varsity sport as he.
Don’t know how common this is, but for DD USNA Class of ’09, the random roommate selection of Plebe Summer was amazing! Induction Day ’05 DD – a Chicago girl - meets her roommate, C.L. – a New Orleans girl. The two become great friends, the best of friends. They were roommates all four years at USNA and both wound up commissioning as Marine officers and so both were off to TBS – but not at the same time. After Quantico, both received word of their duty stations – both were sent to Camp Lejeune after their respective times at TBS – DD was first there in North Carolina and found a house to rent just off base and within a few months the two friends were together again, as housemates. During the following year, both became engaged to their respective USNA grad boyfriends, then came deployments of themselves at different times and their fiancés at different times. DD, of course, was CL’s maid of honor – but CL’s New Orleans March wedding took place while DD was in Helmand Province (CL’s fiancé would be deployed by the time DD returned) – so a life-size cardboard stand-in of DD with a bridesmaid’s dress photoshopped on her had to suffice. Shortly after CL’s (now Mrs. CF’s) wedding, Mr. F was deployed. So back to the North Carolina house for her. A few months later DD returned from deployment and the two friends were together again, for a month, it was DD’s wedding. And of course DD’s best friend, random induction day roommate, now Mrs. CF was DD’s matron of honor – no cardboard stand-in this time. (Mrs. CF’s husband was still in Afghanistan.) Shortly after DD returned from her honeymoon and came back to the North Carolina house (DD’s DH – Naval Officer - is stationed in Virginia so the two still to this day have not shared a residence yet – it’s been over a year and another two deployments since the wedding), Mrs. CF was deployed to Afghanistan. She came back and the two friends – now married to their respective officer husbands stationed elsewhere – were roommates again, in the North Carolina house. For a few months. Now Mr. and Mrs. F are stationed in the same D.C. area and so live, finally, as husband and wife. DD awaits the return of her DH and the long-awaited reassignment of the both of them so that they too will be together at last, at least for awhile. And just this past weekend, the wonder and longevity of this random induction day pairing of roommates, played out again. DD was our family representative in attendance of our DS#3’s PLC Junior Graduation in Quantico. She flew up for the occasion and rented a car. Mr. and Mrs. F who live in the DC area invited DD to stay at their house. Not only that, Mr. and Mrs. F accompanied DD to her brother’s graduation and following that the four went out to a dinner – together after all these years, all these miles – I’d say that’s a random-roommate-selection success story! Those Marines – Semper Fi!!
Though I felt I needed flash cards to follow the tale it was a very nice story. Thanks a bunch for sharing. As a mom of a young girl those kind of long term girl friendship stories are heartwarming.
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