I've heard several differing opinions and answers on this topic and need this clarified, as I am sure do other CC's experiencing beast this summer. Are the boots we (optionally) purchase prior to reporting for R-Day used during beast or during the school year? I was told we would be issued two pairs of boots for beast and buy our own for the school year. And then there are those who tell me these boots should be broken in, because they will be put to use during the summer. Should we shine our low-quarters before we arrive, or is it a plebe duty that we will be expected to incur during the summer? I have seen fellow CC's already going through multiple layers, shining their shoes, while some cadets have recommended not to stand out by arriving on R-day with pre-shined shoes. Thank you.