VTCC Privlages?????

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  1. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    I am a freshman in the Corps of Cadets and the oldest in my company (21) because I am a transfer student so most of the cadre that were yelling at me etc are the "upperclassmen" I know the fact that I am older than them does not matter its just that not a day goes by when I wonder when I and my company of freshman begin to get privileges. So far we have "backpack privileges" but don't have "pocket privileges"
    I want commission as an army officer and I do believe that the Corps of Cadets does a good job at making young cadets THINK like military officers--which eventually builds up on you when in the Army.


    - no more dragging around the UA and upper quad
    - wearing civilian clothes
    - taking leadership roles
    - talking to "buds" during ECQ (OR talking to the upperclassman as if they are friends and using their first names to address them)
    - being able to talk when on upper quad

    We are currently in Red Phase since the semester pretty much started
     
  2. zrxkuma

    zrxkuma Member

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    the fact that you are currently on-line means that you have more privileges than cadets at some other Institutions :wink:
     
  3. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    what do you mean by that?
     
  4. adesa1996

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    You are lucky! Im a cadet at Norwich University and we don't get backpack privileges until we get recognized which is sometime in February.
     
  5. Pima

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    LMAO regarding the what do you mean by that comment. You are at an SMC and got a big priviledge very quickly....the internet!

    No offense,but at 21 I would have assumed you would do more research than the avg 18 yr old HS student ànd knew what you were walking into on day one for at least your first semester.
     
  6. Jcleppe

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    I echo Pima's response completely.

    I must say though I'm impressed that you have actually started the program after reading and following your recent posts.

    A piece of advice, you volunteered in joining a SMC and all that goes with it, don't start expecting privileges, those will be earned in time, and it may take a while. Your first year is going to be rough, stay focused. Don't start thinking about what other students at traditional schools are doing, they deal with none of this, you think about that and you will just be miserable, just focus on what your doing. Remember, attending a SMC is a choice, it was your choice, you'll either learn to deal with it or not, the choice again is yours.
     
  7. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    Actually I did but the only thing I did not pay much attention to was the "privileges"
     
  8. Jcleppe

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    That should have been toward the top of the research list since it deals with your daily life at school.

    This is good info for new applicants to VTCC.
     
  9. Pima

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    Huh?

    How do you research an SMC without understanding that as an SMC it is not a traditional college like GMU,JMU, VCU and UVA in VA?!?!?

    The minute they stated to be in ROTC you must be in the CoC red flags should have gone up! The minute that they said you WILL live on campus all four years,and are the only VT students guaranteed on campus housing, questions should have been posed. The minute they told you on the tour that you can't have a fridge in your room when you move in that should have been a hint. The minute you saw your dorm would not be near the traditional students dorms that should have screamed....different world for us!

    For candidates, JCleppe is correct this thread serves as a guidance of the type of questions when you do your ROTC interview.
     
  10. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    GridIron, are you kidding?

    You are 21 years old and you didn't know what was ahead of you????

    Mama wants a phone call, huh?

    YOU ARE ON THE INTERNET. BE GRATEFUL. USE IT WISELY.
     
  11. EDelahanty

    EDelahanty Member

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    GIK

    sent you a pm
     
  12. payitforward

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    Such a troll question, just trying to rile some feathers, I'm thinking.

    And what of the VTCC cadre getting wind of the post? Can't be that hard to figure out who's posting as a 21-year-old recruit.

    If you are a real person actually complaining that you're 21 being bossed around by 20-year-olds, I laugh out loud. Welcome to the real world and get over yourself. You are no better than someone else just because you're a little older. There are likely many people who are younger than you but are far too wise to post on a public forum details that could so easily be tracked.
     
  13. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    AND, one might think that as a 21 year old student at VT, Grid Iron could learn to spell "PRIVILEGE."

    GridIron has already had his share of trouble:
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=38773&highlight=gridiron

    So, you don't want to be deployed and those mean 20 year olds are bugging you and you can't put your hands in your pockets, and boo hoo, you didn't seem to realize this, despite being THREE YEARS older than most of the other members of the CoC.

    Sorry GridIron... no compassion from the fencersmother.
     
  14. SGTLee

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    Couldn't agree more with Payitforward and Fencersmother. Heck, I am 40 (+) years old and report to CEO's half my age. Not sure if this post is legit but assuming that it may be, adjust your thought process and read the cadet manual repeatedly.
     
  15. nick4060

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    You decided to do ROTC at VT, you should know what you were getting into. But don't think that the first semester of freshman year is going to be representative of the rest of your time there. And especially don't think that its going to be representative of the active duty military. If I treated the enlisted airmen in my unit the same way I was treated as a VTCC freshman, I'd be in some serious trouble.

    The Army ROTC unit at VT is very well staffed by plenty of experienced professionals. Those are the individuals you should be looking to for lessons in becoming an Army officer...not the upperclass cadets in the VTCC. Some people enjoy the VTCC experience, and some don't. When you become an upperclassman, you can be minimally involved in it and focus on academics/ROTC/social life/etc.

    All that being said, get used to putting up with stupid things that don't make much sense. The VTCC is full of that, but so is the military, and pretty much any civilian industry for that matter. At various points during your time in the VTCC, and during your time in the military, you will have to take orders from people who you don't think should be in charge. Suck it up and do your job.

    If you can't tell by now I'm not the biggest fan of the VTCC, but nevertheless I don't regret spending four years at VT. Sure being a freshman cadet sucked, but the fun I had during the last three years more than made up for it. The only advice I can give you for red phase is 1) don't take it too seriously and 2) develop a sense of humor and make some friends. The fate of your military career will not be decided by the 19/20 year olds yelling at you in the VTCC.
     
  16. Pima

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    Listen to nick. He as been there, done it and wore the tee shirt!

    I also agree with others that guess what in the military you will report to people younger than you and do things that you will think is stupid. That is life.

    I would suggest you also read the thread going on regarding Life as a JO (life after the academy) so you can have a glimpse of what life will be like in a few short years, and not repeat the shock you have endured because you did not research what life would be like once in it!
     
  17. Dixieland

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    He has said before that he is 22. Time to grow up and take charge.
     

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