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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    What, no hot sauce?
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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    I always knew there was something about you that reminded me of Mark Twain, another one-time resident of upstate New York. He said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is the same as the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Broccoli rabe is different...
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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    Fun Fact: Trader Joe's sells a 1 lb. package of applewood smoked, uncured bacon ends and bits for $4.49/lb. No nitrates, nitrates, phosphates, or sulfates. It may even be the healthiest thing you could ever eat (that is, compared to the other stuff on this thread). I use it for tomato sauces...
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    SA and ROTC - what do you say in interview?

    Many people apply to both USMA and AROTC, so this will be nothing new and nothing to worry about. If the question about preference between the two came up during the interview - which it probably shouldn't - a good answer would be: "Wouldn't that be a wonderful situation to be in!"
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    Made the Ranger Challenge Team as a Freshman

    Well done. This will give you valuable exposure to the leaders and "high-speed" cadets of your battalion, and vice versa. It will put additional demands on your time and energy. Conversely, you will probably not have to schedule independent workouts, unlike your fellow cadets who find the...
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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    Trying all of the above recipes would constitute a clear and pleasant danger. Caveat comedentor, as the ancient Romans said (never). Let the eater beware.
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    Battle of the Chesapeake - September 5, 1781

    238 years ago today was fought the Battle of the Chesapeake. Although no Americans were involved, this naval battle, also known as the Battle of the Capes, may have been crucial to the success of the Revolution. The French naval force led by Rear Admiral Paul prevented the British fleet from...
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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    In the words of President Thomas J. Whitmore: "Not bad...not too bad at all."
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    Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

    I'm reading this provocative thread while a slab of baby back ribs is working on the smoker, with a couple of sausage links I added to keep the ribs from getting lonely. Wisps of applewood smoke are curling upward from the keyhole-sized opening. And I find myself thinking I need to cook up...
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    SAT/ACT Scores

    If your SAT scores are abysmal, it would be prudent to work on improving your scores on the tests offered in August (note the July 26 registration deadline), October and November. Although some people can better their scores simply by taking more tests, there are abundant methods to be...
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    Army BOLC dates for 2019?

    If it gets real bad, let me know, and we'll lend you our dog. That way, you won't have a hole in your house anymore, though you'll find some new ones outside. And we'll have our freedom.
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    Army BOLC dates for 2019?

    Could be a lot worse. Ft. Gordon is equidistant between Savannah and Atlanta and not much farther to Charleston. He'll be happy to meet you there during those four-day holiday weekends.
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    Tulane vs University of Southern California

    2 words: Mardi Gras!
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    Graduating from Advanced Camp

    Nothing like being there, but if you can't make it to graduation or you just want to see what it's like, Cadet Command live streams the advanced camp graduations on their Facebook page.
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    Campus based scholarship and transfer after Sophomore year

    In the time I've been following SAF, I don't recall any anecdotes about cadets already in school transferring their scholarships to another school. That's not to say it doesn't happen, just that it probably doesn't happen frequently. We've seen a number of cadets already in school renounce...
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    Campus based scholarship and transfer after Sophomore year

    The following is from Army Reg 145-1 (effective August 2, 2016), which "provides processes and procedures for all of the Army ROTC Incentives Programs." The text below does not distinguish between incoming freshmen and students already in college who are requesting transfers, but I would...
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    ROTC and Bank

    As I understand it, the above-mentioned Senior Bonus and Subscriber Savings Account are for USAA members who have property & casualty policies (including auto insurance, which my son has). They are not associated with USAA bank accounts. If this is incorrect, please let us know.
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    ROTC and Bank

    A number of banks have free checking accounts for college students and for active duty military, JP Morgan Chase to name one. There was no problem with direct deposit of the ROTC stipend. You might want to find out what banks are on campus.
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    ROTC Cadet Airborne School

    Based on my review of the old W-2s my son received from DFAS, it appears he was paid for CULP and LDAC (the predecessor of Cadet Advanced Leader Course) but not for Airborne School. This reminds me of something I hadn't thought about in a long while: his effort to get airborne was almost doomed...
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    AROTC deciding where to interview

    It's always a good idea to see the school you're interested in, as well as its environs and the particular ROTC unit. For the interview, however, I would recommend what is most convenient and cost-efficient, particularly if the difference is between flying and driving. The flight times you...