Summer Birthday

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  1. popeyesmom

    popeyesmom Member

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    I want to send birthday cookies to my son's company. (I know what many of you have said about this being frowned upon, however, I have gotten word from some others that the detailers find out who's birthdays fall in the summer and try to recognize their birthdays if you don't). How many are in each company?
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    People? Usually 35-40 plebes.

    As for summer birthdays, I'm not sure what happens now. My BD fell on Sunday of PPW and my parents and I went to a local ice cream place and had a sundae. I don't recall any major birthday celebrations during the summer but I may be forgetting. I vaguely recall that we all had to sing "Happy Birthday" to the person. Certainly there were no cakes, etc. in my day.

    My understanding is that, today, much of what is allowed is based on your individual company whereas in my day there was more of a brigade-wide (or, in the summer regiment-wide) apprach. I would check with your plebe to the extent possible or maybe your local parents' group.
     
  3. popeyesmom

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    Thanks. I will check with my local parents group and my plebe during Sunday's phone call. Great advice.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    BTW, I've only watched the scheduled phone calls as the whole process was differen in my day before there were cell phones. What I saw was the following:

    Plebes were on red beach (open red-brick area surrounding Bancroft). En masse, a platoon was handed cellphones and told to start dialing and how many minutes they had to talk (it was 5 or 10 as I recall). They started talking. Remember, there were lots of them in close proximity so each was trying to find a small spot of space to be able to talk and hear in private.

    After a few minutes, the Firstie called out "3 minutes left." And the countdown began. 2 minutes, 1 minute 30 seconds, 1 minute -- you get the picture. Toward the end, he'd scream out, "only 30 seconds left, better get those goodbye's in." And then the final countdown of seconds until zero at which time they were yelled at to "stop talking, shut off those phones."

    It was all rather amusing from my perspective but probably not from theirs.:smile: The point to this is that you shouldn't expect to have a "normal" conversation with your child. No one will be listening in but it's certainly not a normal environment. If it is perfectly normal, celebrate.

    Of course, that was 5 yrs ago -- they may do it differently now.
     
  5. marvin7794

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    When I did detail we didn't recognize any plebers on their birthday. If you send cookies for everyone your kid will probably not hand them out to every soul. He would be most likely to throw them in his con locker and munch on them in between uniform races.
    I concur with the phone call comments. Mine weren't normal when I was a 4/c. However, when I did detail we let them spread out somewhat as to maintain some sense of privacy. We did them in groups of about 10 at a time and weren't exactly sticklers to the 5 minutes of allotted time. Kind of just depends on the company staff.
     
  6. Kero

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    I would send a card and non-descript goodies. When I did detail we didn't go out of the way to find out summer birthday's but if we did find out about one, by parents sending cookies for example, we would take the opportunity to "celebrate" it.(not a good thing)
     
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    USNA1985--your description sounds exactly like our mid's calls during Plebe Summer last year.
     
  8. Soylent

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    As with most everything, it all depends on the company.

    Although we didn't exactly sing happy birthday, we were certainly aware when it was someone's birthday (especially that poor soul who turned 21). I'm pretty sure I remember getting some shared birthday cookies. I would say a safe bet is to send 50, enough for the company and the detaillers.
     
  9. Capt MJ

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    I checked with one of our sponsor daughter detailers last night. In general, as noted in posts above, any birthday notice will vary by company. If a batch of cookies is sent, the plebe will be encouraged to share with classmates so as not to exceed storage container capacity in room.

    I would avoid chocolate or anything that could melt. Packages could sit around in various places in the heat or non-AC spaces.

    If you poke around enough online, there are good recipes for cookies destined for combat zone troops that can survive rough handling and heat.
     

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