I think it is worth it, but no need to get them now. Wait until you get on campus, get your assigned boots and see what the other cadets have bought. There are a few other reasons to wait. One is that the army is changing colors and for ROTC cadets it isn't all happening at once, so seeing what color you should buy might save you some money, you don't want to go spend a bunch and find out you cannot use them in the near future. The second reason, is that some battalions might have a hook-up or discount coupons for higher end boots. I know at my daughter's school that they do. My daughter was given a brand new pair of Danner Gortex boots, but as a gift, so she was really happy she had them, way more comfortable than the issued boots, but glad she didn't buy them because she said she thinks that next year they will have the new color.I've noticed suggestions in previous threads about getting better boots. Is that worth it?
Both of these are awesome, and yes my daughter had to get a ride to Target to get the socks. And she found black and white ankle length socks (not no show), in big packs at target. And yes, one of the ironing boards that are half size and can go on a desk or counter work well in dorm rooms, very good advice!Here are things that my DS wishes that he had brought from home:
(1) Socks for PT - "Socks must be plain with no logos and calf or ankle length. Ankle length socks must cover the entire ankle bone, and sock color (black or white) is at the discretion of the Soldier." My DS had to hunt for ankle lenght ones that were "plain with no logo".
(2) A small ironing board, an iron and a tape measure to keep your uniform squared away.