- Dec 13, 2010
I've been out of pocket for awhile for a few reasons but will come in from the cold to say that @UHBlackhawk is one of the most knowledgeable. members on this board.Impulsive your response is more on point. Posters like UH are the reason I don't put much on here.
Now what an individual does with those opportunities is another matter altogether.
I hope this is what aspiring military officers and their parents take away from this thread. I would also, as a junior officer, leave the SMC vs. SA intramurals beyond the earshot of of the xROTC/OTS/OCS officers and in particular out of the earshot of the NCO's.Now what they do with that is up to the individual.
Thanks for the insightI remember Tall Trees during the last admission cycle. I am pleased to see that despite the challenging schedules, they are leaving the option of a USMA appointment on the table. Reapplying while in college and participating with ROTC cannot be easy. Nor will plebe summer be. My kid just finished it (a modified iso/observation version of plebe summer during the Covid age) and it wasn't easy. It isn't designed to be.
@talltrees, you can be a great junior officer via either path. What others have stated is true in all walks of life. It is cliche but true that you 'get out of it what you put into it'. And while VT may not have all of the guest speakers and opportunities as an Academy might offer, there are ways to seek those experiences outside of an Academy. Maybe those won't be in-person experiences, but the internet is a wonder for those willing to seek them out.
One thing my DS has noted most often since being at USNA is the mentorship available. The breadth and wealth of experience that is available to him are mind-blowing. Mind you, he knew going in he wanted a non-traditional college experience.
If it isn't too taxing for you to complete the application and give yourself the option? Why not?
And if anyone gets testy or irritated might I suggest a dash over to the Bacon thread? It cures my angst every time. Then I dash over to the cocktail thread for stress relief.
It depends if the cadet decides to take the opportunities, there is amazing clubs with great training( everyone has seen the pamphlets) but some(alot) cadets choose not to take these opportunities so they can focus on school work. Someone who joins said clubs will have great training, but at a minimum most if not all cadets will usually have 3 years of leadership positions, 3 years worth of summer training not counting IAD'S and sport or club related opportunities. Some cadets choose to focus on sports or academics over the training. Shooters preference.How often does the average WP cadet handle a weapon? Or go into the field? Not sure about a ton more military training. My DS at a SMC has already done Air Assault, German Proficiency and is in a Ranger unit. His athlete friend at WP has done zero outside of his sport in 2+ years and no summer trainings.