West Point Branch Night

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  1. buff81

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    Any Firstie parents want to share about how Branch Night went for their cadet last night?
     
  2. TerryS

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    Not a Firstee parent, but DS is a plebe and was pumped to get to pin a Fristee from his company, costs him a COR in his file but he said its was worth it.
     
  3. patentesq

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    Ditto here! Here's my plebe's text message from last night: "Just blood pinned three firsties"

    I didn't know they got in trouble for that, TerryS.
     
  4. hawk

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    COR?
     
  5. scoutpilot

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    It's been largely vilified in the Army as being unprofessional and wrong.

    That being said, when I was the AASLT DHG, like my platoon sergeant before me, he made sure to pound the wings into my chest. In front of the platoon.
     
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  6. vampsoul

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    Every year they tell us not to Blood Pin. Then we all do it. That way we can at least say it was wrong but carry on the tradition anyway :shake:
     
  7. patentesq

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    Hawk, I understand that the acronym "COR" stands for "Cadet Observation Report", which is a summary report for observed cadet conduct that can be either positive or negative (it is usually negative).
     
  8. hawk

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    Thanks! I guess that corresponds with "None Observed" in the assessment for the military grades.
     
  9. sweettooth

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    Class of 2012 Branch Selections!
    Branch -number cadets selected, % of corp 2012; % in 2011
    Infantry 239, 23.2% in 2012; 21.8% in 2011
    Field Artillery 149, 14.5% in 2012; 13.9% in 2011
    Air Defense 51, 5% in 2012; 4.8% in 2011
    Aviation 120, 11.7% in 2012; 10.8% in 2011
    Armor 99, 9.6% in 2012; 7.9% in 2011
    Engineer Corps 132, 12.8% in 2012; 14% in 2011
    Signal Corps 38, 3.7% in 2012; 4.4% in 2011
    Military Police 15, 1.5% in 2012; 1.9% in 2011
    Military Intelligence 53, 5.2% in 2012; 6.5% in 2011
    Adjutant General 23, 2.2% in 2012; 2.8% in 2011
    Finance 6, .6% in 2012; .6% in 2011
    Chemical 9, .9% in 2012; 1.0% in 2011
    Transportation 19, 1.8% in 2012; .8% in 2011
    Ordinance 33, 3.2% in 2012; 3.9% in 2011
    Quartermaster 23, 2.2% in 2012; 2.8% in 2011
    Medical Services 20, 1.9% in 2012; 1.9% in 2011
     
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    sweettooth -- your '11 percentages only add up to a little over 90... how is that? I know it can't be pernovage :)
     
  12. scoutpilot

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    Well we know the smartest 120 kids are happy!
     
  13. sweettooth

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    I added 2011 again and got 99.8%.
     
  14. vampsoul

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    Percentage discrepancies could be to the small portions of cadets that cross commission.
     
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    Can someone tell me what "Blood Pinning" means?
     
  16. scoutpilot

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    Remove the backings or "dammits" (or "frogs" if you're weird) from the pins on branch insignia. Place insignia on shirt carefully. Have someone punch the insignia, thus thrusting the sharp pins into your chest.

    Lather, rinse, repeat. It's a great way to prove the folly of youth and verify whether your tetanus booster worked or not.
     
  17. Momof2cadets

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    The thing I have always found interesting about underclassman blood pinning firsties on branch night is that in the Army only someone who has already earned that particular badge gets the opportunity to blood pin you...
     
  18. scoutpilot

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    Cadets do a lot of stuff that Army people just shake our heads at...
     
  19. Momof2cadets

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    True scoutpilot, though I have attended several airborne and air assault blood pinnings, and shaken my head at every one... :wink:
     
  20. scoutpilot

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    We do a lot of things that make us shake our heads, too...
     

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