Did you have DoD ID that allowed you to park on the Yard?
This comes up every year as a point of confusion, as I think the PTR allows drive on/drop off but not parking, if not a DoD ID holder, but I can never remember where this guidance is. There is simply not enough room on the Yard for staff, mids and a new class’ worth of parents to park on the Yard.
Found it! This is a screen shot from the usna.edu Plebe Summer Home pages. For general incoming plebe readership, recommend going through that section, read every link, hamburger menu item, etc. That is your official primary source guidance. Info from Parents Clubs can be helpful and is always well-meant, but may or may not be perfectly accurate for the current year.
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As far as the chair marking, the set-up crew is likely the outsourced contractors for USNA facilities and would probably be unaware of any official policy. I doubt USNA has an official Chair Reservation policy, as that is way down in the weeds. Humans are gonna be human, and everyone will have different feelings about What Is Right, and it all works out somehow, if people just let it go and focus on what is really important that day.
We're military from that other school. So we parked across from Alumni hall around 0545; DS report time was 0615. Staff was only setting up around 0630. We were in line by 0600. DS reported finally to the front desk around 0730.
From the previous posts above, report times are not set in stone.