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af2012

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Anybody else getting a bit apprehensive about Basic? It's here in less than a month and I'm freaking out about not being in good enough condition!!
 

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Don't worry. That's why us EMTs are here. If you break, we fix you and send you back. ;)
 

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well, no offense, I don't really want to have to visit you! lol:shake: nothing against you! Just don't want to get hurt!
 

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Yeah, I'm getting pretty apprehensive too. Mostly about physical conditioning. I'm trying to run more because that appears to be my weakness at the moment, so I totally understand what you mean.
 

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I'm just worrying about everything! It doesn't really help that I'm the second person from my school to be accepted, and the first person quit a week into bct. I know that I am a totally different person and stuff, but that's the legacy I'm following :frown:
 

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There are two ways to not pass BCT. One is to get injured (in a fairly significant way). The second is to quit...so don't break anything and don't give up.
 

MikiloIX

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That's comforting to hear. Af2012: I know it may suck to follow a legacy like that, but hey, it's your chance to change it right? A girl from another school in my town got in last year when I didn't, and she quit fairly early into it. Needless to say I was quite upset that she got my spot and blew it off like that, so now I'm determined not to quit because I don't want to be like her and take someone else's spot just to give it up. But still, I'm nervous.
 

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My son has been anxious about BCT and the academy for almost 7 months now. All he's talked about was that he wished it was here. Well, today (Saturday) we are getting ready to go to his high school graduation ceremony. It's finally kicking in. He's still excited and wants to be at the academy, like, YESTERDAY. But he's realized how fast time has gone by. As the others have said; relax, enjoy it, don't break anything, and don't quit. Good luck to you. Later.... Mike......
 

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yes, i am getting pretty nervous myself too. i'm thinking less about soaring as a cadet in the not so near future and more on making sure i have everything for i-day and making it through 1st beast.

but here is a suggestion i hear that will help us through beast and freshmen year and all the tough times at USAFA: remember why we came here (meaning USAFA). write down the reasons why and take them with us. when things get tough, recite them to ourselves.
a lot of cadets say that helped a lot and i will do it too i think.
 

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After graduation today, my son and many of his classmates made the rounds to many different homes for numerous get togethers and/or parties. Most kids, out of tradition, set up little "I love me" shrine of their accomplishments. Not as a means of "bragging" but as "Reflection" of their life so far. Many were set up by parents. They included pictures from the time they were infants to the present. letter jackets, awards, scholarships, letters of acceptance from colleges, state championships in sports, and in the case of my son also his appointment letter.

It wasn't so much a closure as it was a new beginning of another chapter in these young lives. The one thing we, as parents at my son's high school, have tried to impress upon the class of 2008 all year, has been a philosophy that has been around for many years. "It isn't the destination that is important, but rather the journey".

For all you 2012 appointees that will be starting BCT in a couple of weeks, and for any existing cadets who feel overwhelmed at times, realize the importance of "The Journey". Tomorrow is NEVER GUARANTEED!!! Enjoy today. Learn from every experience. Learn from those around you. Appreciate what you have and the opportunities you have been given. You ALL have been given an opportunity that most people in this country can't even imagine. While many will say the military and the academy is not for them, they are looking at it superficial. They have no idea what kind of opportunity it offers. Whether it's just for 5 years after graduation or if you make it a career. If you make the most of your experience, 1 day at a time, you will be rewarded. BCT will be easy. The academy will be rewarding. The military will be an accomplishment that will be part of your life that is never ending.

Life is all about perspective and attitude. Don't view it as a list of goals or objectives. If you do, you will always look towards tomorrow instead of what is in front of you today. With the right attitude, you can accomplish anything. Make your goals to be able to do the best that you can with what is presented to you today. Then you can look back at that as accomplishments. Challenges are only difficult if you are not prepared for them. And you are usually not prepared for them if you are looking too far into the future to take advantage of what is in front of you today. Remember, you didn't get to where you are today without going through the last 13 years of school and the experiences that went with that. Now, you have the knowledge to make your future easier to deal with and more rewarding. Live life 1 day at a time; enjoy every moment; realize that you can replace just about everything in life EXCEPT time; use it wisely; keep a positive attitude and perspective. Good luck to the class of 2012 going in, and best wishes to the rest of the cadets who are ready for the summer. Enjoy your lives. Later... Mike.....
 

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Thus far its helping me to simply NOT think about it, no matter what ya do the clock keeps tickin at the same pace so June 25th will get here when it gets here... :wink:

Livin it up while I still can, I would reccomend the same for everyone...
 

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yes, i am getting pretty nervous myself too. i'm thinking less about soaring as a cadet in the not so near future and more on making sure i have everything for i-day and making it through 1st beast.

but here is a suggestion i hear that will help us through beast and freshmen year and all the tough times at USAFA: remember why we came here (meaning USAFA). write down the reasons why and take them with us. when things get tough, recite them to ourselves.
a lot of cadets say that helped a lot and i will do it too i think.
credit to a friend of mine for this idea-- the day you leave for inprocessing, drop yourself a letter in the mail reminding you all the reasons you're going to the academy, possibilities after basic &or graduation, etc. You'll most likely have forgotten about it by the time it arrives with the stress of basic and all... it'll be a nice reminder.:thumb:
 

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Plus, remember that you're not in this thing alone. We've got around 1600 other fellow Basics who can and will be there for us. I'm a bit nervous, but know this is what I've wanted to do for years.:wink:
 

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Yeah the thing I am most worried about is the altitude. I'm from Wisconsin and there is a big difference compared to Colorado.
 

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I think that if you aren't nervous about BCT, there is something wrong. That said, I still want it to come. However, the closer the countdown comes to I-day, the farther away it seems.
 

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Don't worry about the altitude. Not many of us come from high altitudes and the cadre know it. Thankfully, the tough stuff in Jacks Valley is after three weeks.
 

af2012

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haha I remember after appointee orientation. I wanted to skip the rest of school and just start basic right then! I was really looking forward to it starting. Well, now that I've waited for a while, my excitement level has gone down. All I can think of is "there are only 11 more days 'til I leave, I need to be able to do more pushups, more situps, more pullups, and run a lot more!!" I am excited though, just not to the same level. I think the whole situation of the Academy and Basic just really hit me hard after graduation! :shake:
 

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The thing that got to me right after graduation was the fact that I would probably never see anyone in my class again. I spent four years of school with them and knew a lot of them and in one day, it was all over.
 

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I know that you guys are apprenhensive and you have every right to be. Please keep in mind that those in your immediate family are most likely very apprehensive as well. Whether its just leaving home, the idea of long absences with minimal contact, or the notion of their former child entering the military during war time, your parents are probably suffering through it all, silently or otherwise. Our appointee has always been close to us, and she tells us that not thinking about the approaching day coupled with just spending time together has been good for her. Actually, I think that she has been a calming force for her parents.
Good luck to all of you! God bless and know that you are all prayed for.
 
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