Parent Weekend

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  1. Meli1229

    Meli1229 New Member

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    What should I expect for the visit weekend? Will my DS be able to stay with us if I get us a bed and breakfast? Or is this more of a come see me graduate from basic take me out to eat and go home kind of thing?
     
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  3. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    There are dozens of threads on PPW that should be findable using the search box. There are all kinds of recommendations.

    It seems to me those threads start sprouting in the spring, as questions about I-Day and PPW pop up.
     
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    @Meli1229, in short, your plebe will have town liberty. He/she can leave the yard and stay within a 30-mile radius. But he/she will need to be back at Mother B every night. Note that there are individual exceptions — a few plebes don’t get liberty, for various reasons.
     
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  6. justdoit19

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    What MidCakePa said...we hauled our whole family across country ($$$) for parents weekend. Went and watched parade, and PRT before THE day. Couldn’t find our plebe. A Detailer found us in the stand during Friday morning PRT, and told us our guy was SIQ. Quarantined. That he was to see a DR right before their release time of about noon, and they wouldn’t know if he would be released until then. I think I was actually in shock. TOTAL disbelief. I cried all morning. And flat out ugly cried when he was the first one from his squad standing in formation at noon (he actually came straight from the DR). I tear up now even thinking about it !!

    So it does happen...and we were close. I’ll remember that moment forever. And no better hug ever than a parents weekend hug.

    Congrats!!
     
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    +1 to @justdoit19. There are families who watch evening formation on Thursday and don’t see their plebe there. Often, it’s because the plebe is injured and on crutches or a wheelie (a common occurrence). So the plebe is hidden away in the shadows, because outdoor formation is as much a marketing tool as it is an exercise in good military order. Can’t let the tourists see the lame and wounded now, can we?

    The good news is, the lame and wounded are still eligible for town liberty during PPW!
     
  8. justdoit19

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    Not always!
    Not always! That is what we were running into, that our plebe would NOT be released for liberty PPW! That was what sent me into an emotional tizzy. I can handle not seeing him for this and that. But we didn't know until we saw the whites of his eyes after his DR appointment and waiting for his company on the court, whether or not we would actually get to see him. Sans liberty, they would "give him his phone for the weekend so we could at least have that". It worked out. We got him. and since he had been SIQ for a week, he was WELL rested and didnt sleep with us. There is always a silver lining! But that time between PRT and formation was the longest in recent memory.
     
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    billyb 5-Year Member

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    @justdoit19 That's good parent training! There will be many hit and miss times with last second schedule changes for as long as your DS is in the military. Just part of the deal.
     
  10. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    I think they have longer mileage out to DC?
     
  11. justdoit19

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    I do feel initiated! It has for sure gotten easier. That first one was hard!
     
  12. falconchic88

    falconchic88 5-Year Member

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    As others have said, they will have to be back on the Yard each night, but it won't hurt to have an extra bed for him to sleep in, as he will most likely want to catch up on sleep over the weekend! Generally you can expect to to have town liberty on Friday starting after the noon meal formation. You will have the opportunity to see your Plebe's room and meet his detailers/commander, then your Plebe signs out and you get them until usually around 10pm on Friday (subject to change each year). Then on Saturday you'll go to the parade and pick them up after the parade and get to keep them usually until midnight. On Sunday you can pick them up around 8am and they need to be back by 6 pm for evening meal formation. There is a more detailed schedule of events from last year posted on the USNA website under the Plebe Parents Weekend Tab.