What to bring for overnight visit?

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  1. kmanjr15

    kmanjr15 New Member

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    Going for an overnight visit Monday and woman on the phone was very broad on what i needed to bring exactly. What exactly do I need?


    ANother question. I had sent in my CFA about 2.5 weeks ago and the website still hasn't updated it yet, all other fields qualified with conditional upon the CFA. Anyone know how long it takes
     
  2. Mom1315

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    hmm, as far as your CFA update, check with your admissions officer by phone. As far as what to bring, common sense prevails, clothes appropriate for the weather, perhaps work out clothes, a sleeping bag, personal hygiene items, towel. You can probably call the lady at admissions and confirm the sleeping bag thing. Dress business casual. Have a wonderful visit!
     
  3. toddman10

    toddman10 USMMA Midshipman

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    a sleeping bag is a must the midshipmen you are staying with might wrangle up a cot for you to sleep on but there a re no garuntees.
     
  4. Texmom

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    overnight visit

    My son did an overnight visit in October. I specifically asked the woman in admissions if he needed bedding. She told me that cots were provided, which turned out to be true in my son's case. He took only personal items, clothes, workout clothes, and a great attitude. His visit was terrific! Hope your son has a similar experience.
     
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    My son visited in September and spent two nights. He packed in changes of clothes and toiletries. Everything else was provided.
     
  6. J Collins

    J Collins Founding Member

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    I am taking my daughter for an overnight visit next month.. but we are not gonna take a sleeping bag from seattle...

    She suggested nicer clothes and personal effects...
     
  7. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    I would be very cautious in not taking a sleeping bag with you unless you are specifically told not to. The reason I say this is most (if not all) midshipmen sleep in a sleeping bag or on one as they will not sleep under the covers of their bed. If your daughter shows up without one and there isn't an extra then worst case scenario she will be sleeping on a tile floor with no covers.

    The best case scenario is a cot with a sleeping bag or if the mid is really nice they will sleep on the cot and give up their bed (but there won't be any use of the covers).

    To each their own; however, a sleeping bag is not that much weight and can easily be carried on to an airplane if flying. And if you don't own a sleeping bag already you can go ahead and buy one as you will definately need it as a midshipan. Heck in the four years I was there I never slept under the covers once, not even the night before graduation because I had 'short sheeted' my bed and couldn't if I wanted.
     
  8. J Collins

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    Betty told me they would be providing bedding... hmmm I guess I will call tomorrow.
     
  9. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    This is technically a true statement; however, unless things have changed this usually means the midshipmen you are staying with has to remember to go down to the linen issue place to request and sign for the stuff. The linen place is only open certain hours so if they forget you can be left without. If that happened I'm sure the midshipmen would become resourceful and find something, but in my opinion it's better to be on the safe side.

    Now that I think about it: I guess if you are going and they didn't have the linens she could always call you and you could bring the extra stuff from the hotel you are staying in.
     
  10. KP2014

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    What kind of service academy is this?

    What kind of college would not provide bedding for overnight students? This would reflect extremely poorly on my respect for USMMA if, when I come there this spring, they do not have bedding. I may really want to go there, but it just shows to me that they are a second rate service academy. I hope that they have never have asked prospective students to bring a sleeping bag.
     
  11. J Collins

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    Admissions offer told me she would be given a cot to sleep on.
     
  12. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    You missed my point....the Academy DOES provide bedding; however, it is up to the individual host to go pick up the bedding from the guy who only has very limited hours. If the midshipman forgets it can mean no bedding available.

    Heck, you might as well get used to sleeping in a sleeping bag, you're going to do it for the next four years if you are accepted :)
     
  13. J Collins

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    I think we will buy one of those light duty bags? like flannel or something??
     
  14. KP2014

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    Never sleeping in bed?

    Is the reason people sleep in a sleeping bag on top of their cot is because they don't feel like fixing it in the morning when they wake up? Someone said they never slept in their bed the entire time they were at USMMA. Can someone please explain this? Thanks.
     
  15. J Collins

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    yes and I guess it is the same at quite a few of the academies.
    They dont have time to square off the bed every morning, so they sleep on top of the sheets/blankets.
     
  16. KPMum2012

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    There simply isn't time to remake the rack to standards in the morning. I don't think this is strictly a USMMA issue. From listening to conversations our D has had with other SA grads, it seems to be pretty common.

    What I find completely crazy is D telling me that the night before a command inspection (once a trimester) she will iron, yes iron, her rack to make it perfect. Then she sleeps on her desk. :eek: She's lucky in that she's short enough to actually be able to sleep on the top of the desk and not have to sit with her head on it.

    Quite honestly, I think sleeping on top of the rack is rather low on her list of concerns at the moment.
     
  17. OldAirForce

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    This isn't new, we did this when I was in the Air Force looooong ago. Except we slept on top of wool blankets. You got to where you didn't even notice.
     
  18. KPMarineopsdad

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    Sleeping on top of the bed

    When we went to KP for parents weekend/acceptance day, our son told us that he couldn't sleep in his bed even if he wanted to. The sheet were duct taped to his mattress. The night before a command inspection they are usually up until 3 A.M. and then they sleep on the floor.
     

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