What's the 4-1-1 on Zero Week

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  1. tjb1975

    tjb1975 Member

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    I just heard tell of zero week. I searched the forum and found only one thread. Is this something that families stay around town for? What types of things happen? The dates begin before official campus move in.
     
  2. Falcon A

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    What is the context? Sounds like "zero week" is a school or training program specific reference.
     
  3. tjb1975

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    I asked our ROO when DS would take the APFT. (Good so his scholarship starts immediately.) He said during Zero Week Aug 21-27.
     
  4. goforspaatz

    goforspaatz USAFA c/o 2020

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    Based on some ROTC programs I've seen, potential cadets/mids show up a week or so early to the school for some preliminary training, team-building, and introduction to ROTC. YMMV, but they also moved in earlier for the schools I saw.
     
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    Our DS reported a week before school for a NROTC Orientation week where they had a mini "boot camp" learning military customs, courtesy, drill (Marching), physical training, had uniforms issued, did an initial PFT, etc. Parents did not stay but there was a picnic at the conclusion for families and some came back for it. It served as a culmination and "graduation" but I wouldn't go out of my way to make it if distance were an issue. Of course, every ROTC unit does things differently so it will be school dependent.
     
  6. rocatlin

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    Not really zero week, but "O" as in Oscar week. As Grunt stated, mids will show up the week before school starts. They are allowed to get in the dorms early.

    It's basically a mild indoctrination and testing week -- PFT, swim tests, gear issue, sail indoc, paperwork processing etc. Some units will actually post pictures on Facebook pages if you want to get an idea of what goes on. It doesn't even need to necessarily last a whole week. At the end of my son's Oh Week, they did have unit picnic. Family were not invited -- which is definitely not a bad thing.

    You'll get information from the unit sometime during the summer on specifics.
     
  7. rocatlin

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    Based on the context of your post, I guess you were more asking about the Army side, but I imagine things are similar.
     

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