Not in Band Company...

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  1. AMDG

    AMDG Member

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    Hello, Everyone!

    My son did not get in the Band company as he had hoped. Is there a way for him to request to switch?

    Thank you!
     
  2. golfindad

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    AMDG, you are now in the unfamiliar area, where you cant do anything for your DS, and, even when the time or thing comes along that you can and do do something, you will experience a difficult time, because your ds may listen and probably accept free help, but he will do so his way, and not necessarily the way that you think he should. Indoc is a learning experience not just for DS but for Mom and Dad too

    But, with that caveat, the pain in not getting the desired company should dissipate. By the time you have your first phone call my bet is your concern about band co far exceeds his, if he has any. In fact he may be happy that he is not in band co.

    With regards changing companies, not likely/common, but he would have to work through that with his chain of command if he really wants to try. I would say he will know what he can and cant do, and let him handle it without a push or prod. If he wants to explore a change he will have to figure it out.

    Welcome to Indoc
     
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  3. Mr2020

    Mr2020 U.S. Merchant Marine Academy '19

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    Not necessarily true. Switching between the 5 regular companies is unlikely. If he wants to go to Band to play an instrument, he just needs to talk to his CO and Lcdr Nixon (Band CO). That said, being in band is a lot of extra work plebe year and they have a reputation for being the strictest company to be in.
     
  4. kpmom2013

    kpmom2013 10-Year Member

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    Have your DS email LCDR Nixon right after INDOC and it will happen. It's getting OUT of Band Co. that's difficult.
     
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  5. AMDG

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    Thank you! We will see what he wants to do when we talk to him next Sunday!
     
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  6. AMDG

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    Thank you! It is definitely his decision and we try not to sway him. I just know that he was very interested in being in the Band company and discussed not getting in that company with my husband when he was dropped off on Friday morning.

    As you mentioned, he may change his mind by the time we receive our first phone call from him. It will be interesting to see what he thinks then!
     
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  7. AMDG

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    Thank you! What do you mean by the Band Company is the strictest company? I have this same type of comment made a few times.
     
  8. KP Eng

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    Every company kind of has it's own personality. Some are perceived as laid back, others are more "regimental". Band is more regimental.
     
  9. kpmidmanguy20

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    Band Co is looking to bring in more plebes that are musically talented right now. They’re instructing the DI’s to ask their candidates if they’d be willing to join band co after indoc. Seems likely he’d be accepted into Band Co.
     
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