So since I have been here at the academy, I have noticed that dipping is a common occurrence and have been pressured many times to dip. (including people willing to pay me $100 to even try it). I have never felt compelled to try it. My question is, if there are any upperclassmen on this forum who can answer this question, why do people get into dipping after a year or two at the academy even though they never dipped previously? My other question is pertains more towards combat arms branches (Infantry to be specific). Would a platoon leader lose respect because he/she does not dip or drink? I have never been interested in any of those things and I find them rather gross. I have been told that if I want to go combat arms that I will lose respect if I do not dip. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you!