Sponsor Families - USNA

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  1. NCNuclear

    NCNuclear New Member

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    Are sponsor families (those participating in the program) allowed to selct Plebes by name? In other words, can a family friend who is a sponsor family request my son? :confused:
     
  2. NorthernCalMother

    NorthernCalMother Member

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    Yes. My Mid did this and was matched w/ a family friend-of-a-friend. (Actually, I forget whether the Mid requests someone specific or the Sponsor does -- maybe both?)
     
  3. Capt MJ

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    Yes to both sides.

    Plebe should be equipped with desired sponsor's name, because at some point during the summer, they will fill out the sponsor request form, if they want one. The requested sponsor must be in the sponsor coordinator database and current on their training. Bonus would be to get the actual sponsor's assigned number. It's on all the sponsor correspondence or easily obtained from the sponsor coordinator. That way, it's absolutely clear which family the plebe is requesting.

    Sponsors already listed in the sponsor coordinator's database receive a letter each summer asking if they wish to take any plebes that year, how many, etc. That's when we put in any special requests. We have had 3 sisters from the same family, 2 brothers, and other special requests from out-of-town friends whose son or daughter is heading to USNA. Amazing how many of our former Navy shipmates with whom we served as LTs with babes in arms, now have USNA-age "kids."

    If things are done similar to previous years, there will be a Sponsor Social the Sunday afternoon of the weekend prior to Plebe Parents Weekend. That's a meet-and-greet where sponsor families come to Alumni Hall, get their list of assigned plebes, find them and have a chance to chat. Last-minute tweaks are often done there. We might lose a plebe who was supposed to go to someone else, and gain two whose sponsors backed out.If, by chance, your plebe loses or forgets the desired sponsor's name, as long as he or she can connect with the desired sponsor and get to the sponsor coordinator's tables, it can be sorted out. Key thing is the PLEBE's request is the determining factor for the official reassignment.

    Best way is for the mutual request to be done at both ends. :thumb:

    Oh - for the authoritative answers, consult the USNA sponsor page at
    http://www.usna.edu/Sponsor/
     
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  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ Member

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    I just logged onto the Sponsor App (just a form, not an app in the i-sense) and updated it with our request for 2015 plebes. There is a place on the sponsor form to request specific plebes by name.
     

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