Recent content by NorthernCalMother

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    Possible to get recruited for a sport I've never played?

    My son was recruited for heavyweight crew w/out ever having touched an oar. He visited USNA as a h.s. junior and went to meet the plebe coach, who was not encouraging. At all. Son was offered NAPS, and one night there, while ironing his pants, an officer came into his room yelling, "What are...
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    MSU to USNA

    JJ, if you'd been turned down for medical, your DoDMRB exams would have told you that. Great that you got a nom, though. 1. Tech major might help, but more important is trying to mimic the plebe schedule your freshman year - calculus, chemistry, etc. 2. Use nom sources from your home of...
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    Firstie Service Selection

    Listen to MIDNDAD. He may have simplified the progression a little, but he is spot on. Get into USNA. Get Marines out of USNA (find time to work on fitness while there -- very important), knock yourself out @ TBS, choose a MOS that fits the "needs of the military," and be a happy hero.
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    Prep School

    willc, go to the Service Academy Preparatory School thread and look @ history. You'll find lots of background on NAPS.
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    ? on DS just getting email recruiting him for rowing

    Rick Clothier has retired as head coach of the Naval Academy rowing after 38 years. Rob Friedrich, who's been there 11 years and is very well-regarded, will replace him.
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    ? on DS just getting email recruiting him for rowing

    USNA just appointed a new men's rowing coach, which might explain a new "outreach" program. My former-Mid son rowed @ the Academy w/ no previous experience, so here are a couple random observations: Pros: Great for fitness, great for camaraderie, great to get to know upper classmen in a...
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    King Hall / USNA FOOD???

    Time2 got it right. Add to the King Hall construction the new Supe's decision that 1/Cs would have fewer meals off the yard (meaning King Hall had to serve more than they'd budgeted for) and it was pretty miserable for a while. But apparently food is decent now.
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    Don't want parents on I-Day.

    You're getting good advice here. I hope you'll listen to it. Take the plane alone. Reflect on the achievement of your goal. Have meaningful moments. You deserve it. Your parents also deserve to experience this. Great that you don't want to be rude, but you don't want to be unkind either...
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    CW @ USNA

    Couldn't agree more, AF68. In fact, Sec. Gates himself was weepy. His remarks were just amazing. I didn't hear much for a minute or two after he said something like, "Every day, I thought of the men and women in uniform as my own children..." as I was crying too hard. I've been to a half dozen...
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    Questions about NAPS

    ^^ Pretty funny, Austynx. I visited Newport a couple times and just loved it, while son had something very much like your experience. "I liked it, too. For about a month." I call crew an "orphan sport," though others might disagree, and I don't mean to insult to an extremely demanding sport...
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    Questions about NAPS

    JJBsDad, my son was in the NAPS class of '07. He felt as if USNA plebe summer wasn't all that rough because he'd experienced the NAPS summer. I don't know what that means, just that he did fine @ USNA plebe summer, and he credited NAPS w/ that. RE: his academic experience, he felt as if NAPS...
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    Grants... Loans??

    Keep saving, Navy's Finest09! You'll want extra funds for transportation when you can get away, and you'll be happy to have money for opportunities that present themselves. Thank you for your service to date, and good luck @ USNA.
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    Another inbound PM headed your way, Austinl.
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    Insider Tips

    Apex, as a parent of a former NAPSter (not a prior), I can only address (1). My son (now a 2nd Lt) never reported feeling second class. I have to admit I asked about this often, because of comments I read here and elsewhere. I'm told NAPSters are especially popular during plebe summer, since...
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    Can't believe DS will be home in 2 days

    Let him call the shots. Have everything ready for "home is unchanged," but be prepared for surprises. Might want to sleep and experience the joys of solitude, might want to spend all his leave w/ friends from h.s., might just want to be w/ family. Try not to book him for anything. All these...