NROTC NSI Assignment

Good to know. Thank you again for taking the time to give us that insider knowledge. As I mentioned to GrilledCheese in a previous post, NROTC is uncharted waters for us an I’m trying to be a sponge and soak up all the info.

Also, funny you posted that video. I sent that to my DS shortly after he was awarded the scholarship. Long story short, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to do military even after doing the interview and submitting his application, but he changed his mind along the way. The change prompted me to remind him what he’s getting himself into. The video was great, and he’s all in now. Phew!
My DS went to NSI last year in the iteration after the guy that posted the video. When he saw the video, he laughed and said "ya that's about right"

DS was not totally committed before NSI. He wanted to do it, but he was unsure. After NSI, he was 1000% committed and talking career Navy. Now he will change his mind about carrer or not over time, but I was worried that he would go the opposite direction and not want to do it at all(another benefit of NSI is they find out early how committed they are). It felt good for his parents and him that he was on the right path after NSI.

Its a tough 2.5 weeks, but they learn alot about themselves and the Navy. I think it is a great idea and program.
 
My DS went to NSI last year in the iteration after the guy that posted the video. When he saw the video, he laughed and said "ya that's about right"

DS was not totally committed before NSI. He wanted to do it, but he was unsure. After NSI, he was 1000% committed and talking career Navy. Now he will change his mind about carrer or not over time, but I was worried that he would go the opposite direction and not want to do it at all(another benefit of NSI is they find out early how committed they are). It felt good for his parents and him that he was on the right path after NSI.

Its a tough 2.5 weeks, but they learn alot about themselves and the Navy. I think it is a great idea and program.
My older son is Class of 2024, the class that had everything canceled (NSI, orientation). He's said there is a noticeable difference in the preparation of the subsequent classes at his unit by attending NSI. Lots of catch up for his class. My husband, who was an enlisted Marine, often cringed at something he noticed wrong with DS' uniform; my son always responded the same, "I didn't get to go to NSI!" It does seem like a great program. And I loved that video, thanks for sharing!
 
My older son is Class of 2024, the class that had everything canceled (NSI, orientation). He's said there is a noticeable difference in the preparation of the subsequent classes at his unit by attending NSI. Lots of catch up for his class. My husband, who was an enlisted Marine, often cringed at something he noticed wrong with DS' uniform; my son always responded the same, "I didn't get to go to NSI!" It does seem like a great program. And I loved that video, thanks for sharing!
Congrats to your DS for getting through Covid years in NROTC and college as well as the others. I'm sure it is exciting at your house right now with graduation and commissioning coming soon.
 
Congrats to your DS for getting through Covid years in NROTC and college as well as the others. I'm sure it is exciting at your house right now with graduation and commissioning coming soon.
Yes, it is, thank you! He had his last day of classes yesterday and Spring Parade and was kind enough to send me a few pics. I'm trying not to ask too many questions about what happens the day after graduation and commissioning, like where he's living, lol. I'm sure he's figuring it out (hopefully). I do not think he's received orders just yet and really hoping he gets to come home the next weekend for his brother's high school graduation. It all went by really, really fast.
 
Background checks are pretty easy. Really just basic info. Just include copies with your Mid candidate when they go to NSI. The ticket pick up is at the NEX just outside base either afternoon before graduation or super early morning of graduation. They will have Mid Instructors handing out the tickets. You can ask them which Group (A,B,C,D) he is in. Where they have the graduation will have signs to show about where the units will be after they march in. NEX is also a chance to buy some Navy Merch if you want. Nothing really NROTC specific, but Navy stuff all the a

Question: Are we supposed to provide copies of background check or they will run it with the information we provided on the sheets?
Thanks in advance for your answer
 
Question: Are we supposed to provide copies of background check or they will run it with the information we provided on the sheets?
Thanks in advance for your answer
You don’t need a copy with you went you get to base. They will have it all handled. Wouldn’t hurt to have it, but don’t need it
 
I’m seeing NSI session pics on FB! Are yall watching for your kiddos? They looks strong, determined and deer-eyed 😬
 
Thinking about going to the graduation. I know it’s a fast event and probably won’t spend much time with DS, but I’d still like to go. Have you decided if you’re going?
I don't think I'll be going. I joined the NROTC MIDN Parents Facebook page and it seems as though graduation is very quick and you only get a few minutes with your MIDN before they whisk them off to the airport.

And since it's a ten hour drive for me, AND since I'm already blowing tons of money on getting this kid to school (and all of what he'll need at VMI), I've decided to stay home, save the money, and just watch the Livestream.

If money wasn't an issue, I would absolutely be there. My father went to Basic there in 1971 and it would be something else to go. But...needs must.
 
I don't think I'll be going. I joined the NROTC MIDN Parents Facebook page and it seems as though graduation is very quick and you only get a few minutes with your MIDN before they whisk them off to the airport.
 
Last year, I didn't go to DD's NSI graduation because it would have been a long, expensive trip for a relatively short ceremony. It was fine watching the live-stream, then she had a little time to chat with her many new friends before getting on the bus to airport.
She chose to fly home in civilian clothes, carried her dress whites in their garment-bag.
(Videos of all three 2023 NSI iterations are still available on YouTube.)
 
I don't think I'll be going. I joined the NROTC MIDN Parents Facebook page and it seems as though graduation is very quick and you only get a few minutes with your MIDN before they whisk them off to the airport.

And since it's a ten hour drive for me, AND since I'm already blowing tons of money on getting this kid to school (and all of what he'll need at VMI), I've decided to stay home, save the money, and just watch the Livestream.

If money wasn't an issue, I would absolutely be there. My father went to Basic there in 1971 and it would be something else to go. But...needs must.

Sweetpea, reading your post I immediately thought “when did I write this?” Lol Same, with everything you said. I hate that I won’t be there but it just doesn’t make sense. If only we had more time with them afterwards. I was reading up about it on the Facebook group too.
I keep telling myself that the money I would have spent on this trip will be better used for all the things he will need for school in the fall. I have so much Mom guilt because I was there for my DD’s CST training last year but they had a whole family day before graduation 😫
 
Sweetpea, reading your post I immediately thought “when did I write this?” Lol Same, with everything you said. I hate that I won’t be there but it just doesn’t make sense. If only we had more time with them afterwards. I was reading up about it on the Facebook group too.
I keep telling myself that the money I would have spent on this trip will be better used for all the things he will need for school in the fall. I have so much Mom guilt because I was there for my DD’s CST training last year but they had a whole family day before graduation 😫
Exactly...😂

I've already dropped a good amount of money! But I also am feeling truly torn and the mom guilt is real!

But my partner and I will Livestream the graduation with our other kids. Maybe have a party in his honor.

And then, the best part? We'll welcome him home at the airport!
 
Exactly...😂

I've already dropped a good amount of money! But I also am feeling truly torn and the mom guilt is real!

But my partner and I will Livestream the graduation with our other kids. Maybe have a party in his honor.

And then, the best part? We'll welcome him home at the airport!

I hate that I’m not going to be there. I hate it!! 😆 But, I like the idea of a nice welcome at the airport.
 
My father and I are attending only because my son will be the 3rd generation to begin his Naval Service at Great Lakes. My father went through Great Lakes in 1961, I went through there in 1987.

Yeah you have to be there! I’m not envious at all but while you’re there can you find sweetpea’s kid and mine and take a pic of them for us please? lol
 
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