What can they have in their room?

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  1. Lifeisgood

    Lifeisgood Member

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    My son has a framed print of the 1985 Thunderbirds flying over the Grand Canyon. Can they have something like this in their room. It is about 18" X 24"
     
  2. Lifeisgood

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    I know that they cannot have anything until academic year.
     
  3. Stealth_81

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    Lifeisgood,

    I won't comment on whether they can have this in their room. That could only be answered by a current cadet and may be dependent on squadron approval.
    What I will say is that from experience with our cadet, you may not want your son to have it at USAFA. It sounds like a very nice item. Remember that your cadet will move rooms a few times during their first year. During their summer periods it is not unusual for them to have a couple of different rooms, or even be without a room at times, when all of their stuff will be in storage in the basement. Our son even had his belongings piled in a hallway for several days after returning from a summer duty until he was able to move into a room. They will be dragging all of their belongings by themselves, sometimes from Vandy to Sijan all the way across the T-Zo.
    Now, keeping this all in mind, stuff will get broken, go missing, or just be accidently moved to who-knows-where. No one is really at fault, this is just how things happen.
    We bought our son a beautiful print of Gen. Robin Olds' F-4 Phantom from Vietnam, the "Scat IV", with a history of Olds' aerial combat victories. It is hanging safe in his room here at home until he graduates and can take it with him to his first assignment.

    Stealth_81
     
  4. Christcorp

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    Stealth is totally correct. My son has already moved rooms 5 times in his first year. And he will move 2 more times before the start of classes in August. Fortunately for him, we live pretty close, so he puts his basic cloths, uniforms, etc... in storage, and we bring the computers, guitars, etc... back to the house; where we'll bring them back to him on Parent's weekend.

    As for if they are allowed; EVERYTHING that is considered a privilege, is up to the squadron that they are assigned. No two are the same. After basic, some allowed cell phones immediately. Some made their cadets wait until parent's weekend. Some could have ANY personal computer and accessories they wanted; some had limits. The answer is that he'll find out once he's assigned to his squadron after Acceptance Day.

    A little hint that some cadets have "Learned" when leaving for summer break and you have stuff that you don't really want put into "Storage" because of the possibilities of loss or damage. Mail it to yourself. Hmmmm???? Maybe you have the PC monitor, printer, person T-Bird Poster, etc... You live too far away to take it with you during the summer. Box it up. Pack it good. Take it to the post office. INSURE IT!!!! And mail it to yourself. Being cadets are gone for 3-6 weeks in the summer for vacation and OPS; the post office on campus is accustomed to packages backing up. When you return, there will be a pickup ticket in your mail box. Go get your package. Yes, it costs a few dollars, but it's cheaper than sending it home or risking storage. Sometimes the post office NOTICES the sent/to address is the same. Most times, it just goes into the big bins heading for down town post office. Then the automation process puts it in the "Local" system just like if it was being sent down town. It then comes back on base. Back to the T-ZO; and they put a ticket in your mail-box. If you can't trust the government post office to watch your stuff for a few weeks; who can you trust? Anyway; just a suggestion for those things you can't take with you when you leave in the summer and they are really valuable. (OR, you can actually get renter's insurance. Just like in an apartment or traditional college dorm. If it's lost, stolen, or broken; it will be covered.
     
  5. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    per the Cadet Sight Picture (basically law for cadets) you can not hang items such as framed photos on walls. so i would so no, do not send or bring it out
     
  6. Christcorp

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    I just spoke with my son. You have your desk area that has like a bulletin board type of backing on it. You're allow to put photos, pics, etc.... on it. Just not on the walls. But I remember it being a decent size. Typical backing for a desk/shelf unit.
     
  7. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    its 23in x 55in, so yes it would fit if you really wanted to. obviously its up to your son if its worth unframing and tacking onto a board.
     

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