Is this weekend call #1?

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  1. golfindad

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    Just looking at the calendar and wondering if this weekend is call #1 for the plebe candidates? If it is, here are just some random bullet points:
    * The call may not come at the appointed time--i.e. have your phone on you all day if you can.
    * 5 minutes is not a lot of time, and, your DS/DD may not know what to tell you since he/she may be a little overwhelmed--so, have a handy list of questions to ask, (1.how is the food; 2.who is your roommate, 3.are you getting along, 4.how is the PT, 5.how is the swimming, 6.have you been on the boats, 7.any injuries, 8.any issues) (btw, their answers will be--1.it sucks, 2.Mr. X----insert name here, 3.no time to not get along, 4.it sucks, 5.it sucks, 6.not really, 7.i'm fine, 8.don't know)
    * Be positive--Don't let your feelings of fear, frustration, selfish feelings, etc., get in the way of propping up DS/DD--(i.e. don't start with saying why have you not written) your job for 5 minutes is to pass along as much pixie dust as you can to DS/DD so they will keep on going.
    * Don't bring up those negative things--i.e. we put your room on airbnb and have three people booked already--doesn't really help DS/DD get through indoc.
    * Don't nag on what they are doing/not doing--i.e. why are you not eating more vegetables--what do you mean you don't know your roommate's last name, how am I going to contact his/her parents without a last name, etc., why didn't you write grandma for her birthday----I don't think those things work on this call
    * if you hear a countdown in the background, and DS/DD says they have to go, they really have to go.
    * and, finally, enjoy the talk and enjoy hearing them sound older and more mature.
     
  2. azmilmom

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  3. golfindad

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    And be very proud. 1% down already. 2 DOR and one set back. There may be more but I don't know. Your DS/DD has already made it through a hurdle!!! Time to ramp up those letters and that encouragement!!!! Make your DS/DD be the one who gets 10-15 letters at mail call, and is singled out as the one with the most mail. Kind of bad, but, to them inside, kinda good.
     
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    kpmom2013 10-Year Member

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    Do you know the circumstances of the setback or what company? Was it an injury?
     
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    Injury. I don't know the company.
     
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    Does a setback injury mean the plebe candidate cannot continue with Indoc? Will that plebe candidate be able to reapply for next year?
     
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    kpmom2013 10-Year Member

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    Yes. They are done for the year, but a setback means they do not have to reapply. They are automatically part of the class of 2022.
     
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    DS said on last night's phone call that his roommate suffered wrist injury; setback to 2022. 2nd Company...
     
  9. golfindad

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    Bummer for both your DS and roommate. setbacks are tough. There are about three types of setbacks, generally. Medical, grades and personal. Medical is when there is a condition that causes one to be unable to complete the requirements--or, would cause you to loose so much time at PT or whatnot that you wouldn't be able to make up the lost time. Grades--if you fail certain stcw classes, or fail more than one class, you may be offered a set back, but it is not a sure thing. Failing sea project can be a cause of set back as well. Personal issues, are things like compassionate reasons. Best option--don't get hurt, and don't fail.
     
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