It prepares them well for the fleet where rumors abound...And FYI - rumors are persistent
Friday - every Plebe and parent will 'have heard' the new 'Dant is going to allow an overnight on Friday but it won't be announced until the last minute. (won't happen)
Saturday - every Plebe and parent will 'have heard' the new 'Dant is going to allow an overnight for Saturday, but again it won't be announced until the last minute - possibly the Plebes won't find out until that evening. (won't happen)
Put that right up there with - Plebes will send out test e-mails during PS once they are issued computers just to make certain they are set up properly, so hang around one Sunday afternoon so you can see it and reply. (I think one summer a Plebe did send an email and was severely reprimanded for it)
Nothing is better than the military rumor mill. They are almost always inaccurate - lots of fun to speculate.
Plus, the old 'Dant was a Marine and the new 'Dant is a SWO, so he will want to put his mark on things and everyone knows the SWO community is not as tightly wound as the Marine Corps. (just to let you know how this year's set of rumors will be 'qualified'.)