Amazing Week

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by Brave, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. brovol

    brovol Member

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    The suggestion that i am part of any herd gives me and would give those who know me a chuckle, but I'll own the fact that I am very proud, not that my son was admitted to USMA (and two other academies), but because he was drawn to them in the first place. And further, although both my wife and I had genuine concerns and reservations about our son going to West Point, and the obligations which follow, and I have had a few points of criticism over the past year and a half, West Point is beyond a tremendous institution, which truly seeks out and trains those who wish to become great leaders, and it has done a fine job at that for a couple centuries. With all due respect, there is strong distinction between believing that USMA is an outstanding school/institution, with a foundation built on historical accomplishment, and "drinking the koolaid", as you suggest Velveteen. To the extent that you don't believe in the mission of West Point or the other academies, or feel the desire to express your disappointment that your son chose WP over a "better college", I wont go further with this since I strongly suspect that my points will fall on deaf ears with you; and , respectfully, "you wouldn't understand". As for those who do, however, congratulations on the achievements and character of your sons and daughters. May the blessings and good fortune of God continue to remain with them!

    GO ARMY!!
     
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  2. jebdad

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    Velveteen - I feel you as I had a child right there with yours on Sunday.

    Here is my take. As far as the total experience of only the 4 years at West Point, I, personally, can't imagine a better developmental experience anywhere. I cannot think of any institution that would develop the entirety of my child better than where they are now. In many ways, my child has experienced more in 2 years than I have in my entire life - jumping out of helicopters, meeting and listening to dignitaries, travelling the globe. and on and on........

    But.... and this is the "but" that looms bigger and bigger as the 4 years of the WP experience fall through the hour glass and this is a "but" that doesn't exist at Stanford or Notre Dame or Harvard - my child could very likely be deployed. My child could die defending our country. My child has stated that they would die defending our country if they have to. That is chilling. That is scary. As a parent with zero military experience, I admit I struggle with that nearly every day.
     
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  4. USMA 1994

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    @VelveteenR It is great that you shared your feelings and I am sure there are many other parents with similar feelings. My better half has struggled with my daughter's decision for over two years now. The first year of applications was tough on everyone with DD being told she was a shoe-in to we don't have a spot for you, to we can still get you a spot to we hope you have a good Plan B. The wife was totally against reapplication and tried to get me to talk DD out of it. I had a different perspective and told my DD that she should always chase her dreams, there will be many times in life where you do not get the job, promotion, raise and that cannot stop you. It did take me some time to come to peace with the idea as I had only been back once in almost twenty years before DD's R-Day a few weeks ago. My wife has often reminded me of something I said that one weekend back, "This may be the first time I am driving into the gate without feeling sick." I am awed by my DD's decision to give up one of those "Great College" options and dedicate her life to serving our country. One of the most proudest days of my life was finishing the march back last week with her. One of my O-6 classmates asked her how the summer went and her response was "Sir, it sucked but it did not suck as bad as not being here."

    My wife has often told people that West Point is not my dream for my daughter but it is HER dream and all I can is support it the best way possible. Seeing DD radiant in the pictures from the march back and A-Day reinforced that she made the best decision for herself.

    To get the post back on track, @Brave is correct. All three events are amazing for different reasons. If I had to suggest to a parent next year it would be A-Day, R-Day, & March Back based on interaction with your cadets. R-Day is so much more about the parents and not the new cadet. If the family can handle the goodbye without creating stress for the new cadet, it is great that you are there to support. A-Day is really the day that you get to spend time with them and see how much they have changed. The march back was just as moving last week as it was 27 years ago. Seeing the entire community out supporting and welcoming the new cadets really emphasis that they are joining something that is bigger than the individual.
     
  5. bookreader

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    Ditto what @USMA 1994 said -
    "If I had to suggest to a parent next year it would be A-Day, R-Day, & March Back based on interaction with your cadets. "

    We live nearby so we were at all three and each one is distinctly different.

    Whatever one(s) you attend, be sure to educate yourself about how the event will take place. When we were at RDay, we ended up chatting with the new cadet candidate inline next to us. His parents had dropped him off to get in line while they went to park their car. What they didn't know is that they'd never get back in time from parking to join their son in the son. So, we took a photo of him and texted it to the parents and I gave him a WP mom hug during the 60 second goodbye. I felt bad for them but they hadn't taken the time to learn about how RDay is set up and so missed out on the final goodbye.
     
  6. AirsoftRanger

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    DS completed 2 years of German in 10 months thru okla state univ online program. i thot his program was too easy and that he shold retake German. since he passed out of the first year, wp would not allow him to retake. he now tells me his 2nd year german class is easy. so i would like to recommend the OSU online German program excellent asxan elent choice for WP candidates.
     
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