Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Jake, Nov 18, 2012.
What all goes on during I Day?
In a word, everything. The Plebes are issued their gear, given vaccinations needed and other medical stuff, and they fill out lots of forms, among other things. They also learn to salute, learn their 5 basic responses, and things like that. They also are measured for their uniforms. Then they go to Bancroft Hall to stow their gear. At the end of that day, they are sworn in. After they are sworn in, the Plebes get a little bit to say good-bye to their family, and then they have evening meal formation.
This was the official schedule of events for the C/O 2016: http://www.usna.edu/PlebeSummer/docs/2012/INDUCTION_DAY_SCHEDULE_OF_EVENTS.pdf
97133M, Thank You for your reply! What other "medical Stuff" happens?
The Plebes are given one last medical screening to make sure they`re good to go, and blood work is usually done, as I understand it. Standard things like that.
Everything 97133M plus you say goodbye to your family and thus begin a 1 year homesickness cycle.
It's happy fun time for everyone, especially the detailers
Below is the web address of a web page with some video (keep scrolling down until you see the embedded YouTube videos) of some of the initial training stations on I-Day (note: I'm told by former students that the "fun and games in Bancroft Hall" after dinner on the first night would be even more camera-worthy, but they are not for public consumption -- if it's anything like how USMC DIs/Sergeant Instructors do it, I'm sure it's effective in teaching immediate obedience to orders!).
AcademyFriend1-thanks for the GREAT link!
Most grads have little memory of I-Day later on. It's just one big rush/blur. Today (many years later), I recall little snippets but that's about it.
The strongest memories are getting a "ton" of stuff (uniforms, supplies, etc.) and running around with no idea what came next. I think parents and family members remember much more.
a. longest day of your life
b. they treat you nicely until you get your haircut and white-works- things start getting real
c. hauling that big I-day bag is miserable
d. you get to see parents/friends for 20-45 minutes
e. when they close the center doors of Bancroft, things get really real
7 weeks later, you somehow made it to parent's weekend
the week after parent's weekend seems pointless; even your detailers appear to get tired of you
Hello Night/Hell-o Night ends Plebe Summer- find that out for yourself
Another question on I Day. As far as I can tell, there not yet been published a date for I Day 2013. Is there typically a way one can predict what day it will be before it is announced? (A particular day of the week for instance?)
According to this: http://www.usna.edu/acdean/calendars/anchordates120-152.htm, tentative I-Day is June 27. Looks like they`ve been starting on Thursdays.
Thanks a lot. That's a mighty handy chart. Looks like I'll get a grand total of 2 weeks of summer vacation, not that it's really an issue.
Do you get weekends off (even Sundays) during Plebe Summer?
If you mean something like town liberty - NO. You may get Yard liberty if your detailer doesn't have other plans for you. Sometimes weekends are used to catch up and make up sessions. BTW, your first town liberty will be Parents Weekend in mid-August
My now 2nd LT, still refers to I-Day as the 2nd worst day of her life.
The worst day was the day after I-Day..... She woke up and realized it wasn't a nightmare she really was at the Naval Academy and she had her "Oh MY God, What Have I Done", moment.
Midndad, Just curious, how does she feel about her choice now?
She is loving life and happy. Had dinner with her last week. She is a Marine and a Platoon CMDR with roughly 20+ Marines reporting to her. This is what she wanted since she was 12 years old.
Overall she enjoyed her 4 years at the Academy, but for her and most plebes, Plebe years sucks. I-Day tends to be a real shocker for most kids with the biggest shock of how homesick they get once it hits them of the life they left behind. The next 3 years are a different story and she was on top of the world Firsty year.
That is good to hear! Good luck to her.
I was talking to a woman today who's in the class of 2013, and she said Plebe summer was not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. She said I Day was just a blur of activities, getting uniforms, being taught responses, etc. The next few days were spent validating courses and learning the ropes. Overall, she said you remember the good parts of Plebe summer more than the bad. So if you really want it, it'll be completely worth it! They two things she kept saying were, "they can't kill you, and they can't slow time!"
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