Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by chewyoatmeal, May 18, 2010.
would it be a good idea to start memorizing bugle notes now to get a jump on the knowledge?
what are bugle notes....and if you can get a hold of them, I would say it is a good idea to learn them
On the West Point Parents' FB page, I saw it suggested that you go ahead and learn the Alma Mater, National Anthem, Ranks and Insignias, and Schofield's Definition of Discipline. This was in some information about R-Day and the weeks leading up to it.
Spzieg, you can google "bugle notes" for more information.
As much as you can memorize ahead of time, the happier you will be once you get there! FAR too few incoming cadets follow this simple advice...and regret it.
I would say learn them there with everyone else. That's just a personal opinion though.
In any event, don't leave any clues that you've studied in advance.
I am very curious why you are of this opinion.
It is just the way I feel about the way Beast is supposed to work and the benefits you get by going through it the "normal" way. Beast throws a million things at you for a reason and you are supposed to learn to deal with the shock and adapt once you're there. By learning the knowledge beforehand, you are removing an element to Beast, an element that isn't there for no reason. While a lot of the actual knowledge is there for tradition, the process of having to learn it there is for a reason. Developing the ability to memorize bits and pieces of information while going through stressful situations and being able to recall it in a moments notice certainly benefited me in the academic year and is sure to benefit me throughout life.
In all the suggestions admissions sent (ie keep in shape, learn about the honor code, etc) learning knowledge wasn't one of them. If they really thought it was a good idea, I am sure they would have sent something regarding it as all it would take is a link sent via email or on the candidate portal.
In short: it develops a valuable skill and adds to the bonding experience. Feel free to PM me if you want a more detailed answer as I will be glad to answer.
Remember, it is my personal opinion and what everyone does is ultimately up to them.
PS: Feel free to PM me if you want a more detailed answer or I didn't fully answer your question.
This has merit and is stated here every year. JMHO also...
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