Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by WVMcCoy, May 25, 2011.
Is the company assignment in any of the mailed or online information?? Thanks
My understanding is that they will come in a mailing that we will recieve in Mid-June. If we don't recieve them in the mail, I guess we have to wait until Induction Day?!?
By the way, the plan to expand the Brigade from 30 back to 36 companies has been cancelled. Apparently, it was decided that it was too expensive. 6 additional company officers, 6 more senior enlisted advisors, a battalion officer, etc ...
Anyone found out their company yet? Do wehave to wait until I-day this year?
Here is some nomenclature that may help those of you getting ready to embark on Plebe Summer. This will also help the parents when they attempt to cyberstalk their midshipman via the internet. You have to get good at reading those guidons (i.e. flags).
The Plebes going through Plebe Summer are referred to as the "4/C Regiment". That includes all the Plebes in the class.
The Regiment is broken into 15 Companies. Each Company is given a letter designation.
A = Alpha Company
B = Bravo Company
C = Charlie Company
and so on ... all the way up to Oscar Company.
When you see them marching around, you will see a flag with that letter on it. Those yellow flags are called guidons. That guidon will always be out in front of the company as they march.
But each Company is comprised of two platoons.
Alpha Company, for instance, is comprised of 1st and 2nd platoon.
Bravo Company is comprised of 3rd and 4th platoon, and so on.
There is a guidon for each of those platoons. So, each company will have three guidons, one out in front representing the whole company and two additional guidons representing the individual platoons within that company.
It is not uncommon, however, to have a single platoon marching around the Yard with just their platoon guidon.
All this nomenclature is temporary and is unique to the Plebe Summer structure.
Once Plebe Summer is over, the letter designations for the companies go away. There will no longer be an Alpha or Bravo Company.
Their Plebe Summer platoons will end up being their company for their rest of their stay at the academy (unless they decide to juggle it up).
So, platoons become companies!
Therefore, a Plebe who is in Echo Company, 10th platoon will end up in 10th Company once Plebe Summer is over and the academic year begins. Also, at that time, the "4/C Regiment" is disbanded and they are all integrated into the Brigade of Midshipman which includes all midshipmen of all classes.
Because of the Plebe Summer experience, Plebes of "sister companies" will know each other very well. Many of those relationships continue even though they are no longer in the same company. For instance, the members of the 16th company will be more familiar with the members of the 15th company than they will with members of the 17th company. That's because 15th & 16th company, during Plebe Summer, comprised Hotel Company.
In response to the original question, last year our Plebe received a letter dated June 14, 2010, advising him of the assigned platoon and company. You should receive something any day now.
Yes, and like I said, his "platoon" will eventually be his COMPANY for the rest of his stay at the academy.
The most identifiable unit, and the one with the most cohesiveness, is the COMPANY. It's about the closest thing to a "fraternity" that you'll see at the Naval Academy. There is a lot of loyalty at the company level. Nobody much cares about Battalions or Regiments. That's why they sell company patches in the Midshipman Store - not Battalion/Regimental patches.
Just a small correction to the above: Plebe summer companies run up to Papa Company, pronounced "pa-pa," not "papa." There's also no Juliet Company. I'm not sure why.
Plebes who want to DOR (drop on request) over plebe summer got to Tango company for holding until they actually leave the Academy.
You don't do a whole lot as a plebe summer company. You do Blue and Gold together every night and parades as a company, but I never got very close with my classmates in my sister company. Usually you go to events as a company (i.e., your company will go the rifle range or the O-course on the same day), but you generally run the events as a platoon or in your squad. Over plebe summer, the definitive unit is the platoon (as stated above, during the ac year it is the company).
Oh, yeah, you're right! I forgot about there being no "Juliet" company.
I used to know the answer to that but I forgot - so I looked it up.
I used to think that General Custer's company was "Juliet" company and since they were massacred it was decided to never have another "Juliet" company. But that is apparently an urban legend. The actual truth is not nearly as interesting.
As it turns out, the military, in general, does not use the letter "J" for company designations because in 18th and 19th century old style type, the capital letters "I" and "J" looked alike and were therefore too easily confused with one another.
I think I'm going to stick with the General Custer story, however.
Actually, there's another company. I think it's "Tango" company. But that is the company to which Plebes are transferred when they are being processed out or have expressed a serious desire to quit. They receive counseling and sometimes they return to the 4/C Regiment, but usually in a different company. Some go home.
Separate names with a comma.