Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by jumprope_11, Apr 5, 2011.
Anyone received or know when PTR packages should be sent out?
We have been very anxious to receive the packet so we can start the final preparation process. Three of my son's friends planning to attend the USMA received their packets a month ago. A review of the letter that accompanied my son's USNA appointment indicates that we should expect the packet in mid-April. Hope that helps!
You will have to provide USNA with an original, certified copy of your prospective Plebe's birth certificate, so if you don't have a copy, now is the time to get one.
My 3/C mid told me last night that he and a bunch of others stuffed Permit to Report packets and TWE's in the last few days. Two years ago, we received ours in mid May.
Caution: DO NOT LAY the Permit to Report packet aside, figuring you will get to it "after graduation" or after any of the other many things you are doing in May of your soon-to-be-plebe's senior year.......there are some components that may require some time: birth cert, vaccinations, etc. Arm yourself with a highlighter, pad of sticky notes, copy machine, and begin wading through it!
Now is also a great time to apply for a passport if you don't have one yet.
Don't fill out the Permit to Report documents yourself. The propsective Plebe should do that - it will get them ready for the life ahead of them.
I sat there with my son, as there are questions that I readily knew the answers to, but he filled everything out. In fact, he wanted to do it himself.
Yeah, seriously. It's for the (future) plebe to do, not his/her Mom...they need to get familiar with filling out documents/paperwork and the information that goes in them. The number of medical screenings and paperwork you fill out here can be overwhelming. Learning how to fill out that paperwork (quickly, correctly, the first time) seems trivial but is actually pretty important.
Also, if I remember correctly, there's stuff in the PTR about life insurance and getting a security clearance. Those are big boy/girl decisions that are up to the plebe.
Edited to Add: Do you still find out your company in the PTR? I can't remember when I got my company assignment and was just curious when that goes out.
Yes, DS or DD should look through the PTR right away. Mine found the medical stuff like listing vaccinations, booster shots, etc. to be a real head-scratcher - one of those forms needs to be filled out by your doc and signed by them. Also, but I think it comes in the appointment pack, the police record check was confusing. I recall that my now-Plebe made a couple of calls to USNA to clarify what they meant by "every juristiction".
I checked my candidate page yesterday and there were two new boxes at the bottem. One was online permit to report stuff and the other was a plebe sponsor questionaire. It also said that the packets had been mailed.
Thanks for the info ghpugh! I haven't checked the CIS in awhile and I just tried to but unfortunately it seems to not be working as it won't let me log in.
MIHOSER and Hurricane12: My message to get at the PTR package pronto was not intended to suggest the parent should be doing the filling out.......although I realize it sounded like that. The plebe-to-be needs to work through this, although the parents are most likely going to be involved as well (Where's my immunization record, Mom?)......
hurricane: As I recall, Company/mailing address info didn't arrive until just a few days before I-day, not in the PTR
I totally concur that the PTR is the Plebe-to-be's responsibility, with Mom/Dad there as an advisor only. Your DS/DD officially becomes an emancipated adult on I-day, even though they are not "of age." They/you need to start learning to act like it.
The truth of the matter is that even if you forget/lose your "Permit to Report" - it won't make a bit of difference. Believe me, they have your name. They know who you are. They're expecting you.
All you'll have to do is prove that you are who they think you are. You could do that with your driver's license. If you're on their "list" ... you're in!
Literally - if you didn't bring a single thing with you to I-Day, you'd still be processed.
I laughed out loud when I read this. I know it is true but it just struck me as funny.
The company information is mailed in a letter about a week before I Day along with the address to mail letters and things to your plebe over Plebe Summer and into the Academic year.
Another thing that might be helpful is to make copies of EVERYTHING before you send it in. When our oldest boy went, we didnt and his background info had to be recreated from a distance over the phone and it took up some of his valuable studying time.
This is such an exciting time for those who will be in the class of 2015. Enjoy the next few months and be careful!
Completely agree, but I hope this started with the actual application to the Academy and nomination sources --- after all, its the CANDIDATE'S application!!! I would be a little concerned if parents were driving the process from the get-go; that isn't to say parents can't be there for aid/help.
Ownership...another trait of a military officer.
No doubt, there are certain things you can bring and certain considerations can be made that will cause the processing flow more smoothly - but, at the end of the day, everybody who walks through the doors of Alumni Hall is going to be wearing a "dixie cup" on their head in the middle of T-Court with their right hand held high.
Something about "enemies foreign and domestic" ... blah, blah, blah ... it's all a blur ... and then "I do!" Welcome to the United States Naval Academy.
I accepted my appointment early last week but my candidate status page has not been changed... Do I have to get my police background checks in first?
Roger, thanks to all who answered. I couldn't remember getting anything after the PTR so thought it was there.
I had the same thought. The only input I had with me daughter's application process was digging up my husband's and my DD214's.
Even though you might be processed without bringing anything to I-day, I definitely recommend getting everything done in the packet and bringing an extra copy of the papers with you on I-day. This past summer, when DS got to the medical section on I-day, USNA couldn't find their copy of his immunizations that DS had mailed in. DS couldn't find his copy in the extra packet we sent him with (it was in there but he was so nervous he couldn't find it). USNA told DS that he was going to have to have all of his immunizations repeated right there. (This made him quite anxious as he is definitely one who hates gettting shots!) Fortunately, USNA found his immunization record and crisis was averted!
With regards to immunizations, if you aren't current, USNA will update your vaccinations on I-day. However, if you can try to get your immunizations updated before reporting on I-day, I highly recommend it. Some vaccines can have some side effects (fevers, injection site redness and tenderness, muscle aches, not to mention those who feel faint after getting vaccines). On I-day, when the weather can be hot and humid and the excitement level is high, this is probably not the time to have to be worrying about vaccine reactions. If cost is an issue you can check with your local public health department to see if they have the vaccinations that are required. Most public health departments will offer free or low cost vaccinations.
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