For Incoming New Cadets - CBT

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by lotrjedi13, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. lotrjedi13

    lotrjedi13 _ 5-Year Member

    Jun 18, 2008
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    Hey there,

    I’m just a rising Yuk, so I can’t claim to be much of an expert on anything at my ripe old age of 19. Having done CBT last year, though, I picked up some stuff which I hope will be of help to y’all. I know there are a million awesome Beast tips out there (mostly because I read them all last year :rolleyes:), but these are the three main principles I learned last summer:

    1) Look out for your classmates

    In my humble opinion, this is the most important takeaway for Beast. It also is one of the most basic. Serving others is an integral part of leadership, and there will be literally dozens of opportunities during Beast to practice it. Above all, don’t throw your classmates under the bus or be a spotlight ranger (someone who helps out only when cadre are around to see it).

    2) You will mess up. Don’t get flustered

    There will be times when you can help your classmates, and then there will be just as many times as you find that you need help. Beast is designed that way. Everyone messes up - all the high school superstuds will stumble at some point. The trick when one makes a mistake is to not adopt a defeated mindset, not make excuses, and learn from one's experience. A person’s character is more clearly revealed by how they react to their mistakes than how many mistakes they make.

    3) Push yourself

    As strange as it may sound right now, there are some ways to slack and just get by in Beast. For instance, on PT days when you do an MSE circuit (pushups, situps, pull-ups, ankles to the bar, dips and the like), it will be self-paced sets based on time rather than number of repetitions. You will get out of it what you put into it, and it’s a pretty safe assumption that if you’re going to West Point, you are seeking a challenge. A significant part of meeting that challenge comes from self-drive.

    Good luck this summer and have fun! (yes, it actually will be fun… sometimes hehe)
  2. 5-Year Member

    Apr 23, 2011
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    This is excellent advice. Thank you for sharing.
  3. Rage_14

    Rage_14 5-Year Member

    Feb 12, 2011
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    I go to USAFA, but I just finished my freshman year as well and I just wanted to add this. You need to know your classmates. Learn who they are, where they're from, and different other things about them. We were frequently asked for information about our classmates. Besides being basics together you will go through freshman year and many of these people will become your good friends. Best of luck 2015.

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