My DD was just offered an appointment Jan. 21 and we would be coming from California. Anyone else? A day, unfortunately is a week after my younger kids start school so I will have to find someone to watch them so my husband and I can see her during this time. We are still learning this whole process so we made the big plans for R day since everyone is out of school. Grandparents are all coming too. Should we be focusing on A day instead? Flying back and forth will add up!
Thank you very much for that info. Coming from California, I don't want to bring the entire family out twice in 6 weeks so I think R-day will be the best choice since we're saying good-bye and she won't be coming home until the holidays. Grandparents definitely want to make the trip for the first fare-well. Knowing my DD she will not want to be answering a lot of questions. Thanks for the help!@Mere2033
There is no right or wrong answer. Here is something to consider - the two days are completely different. On Rday, you drop your cadet off (have a 60 second goodbye) and then that's all you will see of your cadet. A highlight of the day is watching the cadets march our onto the plains in their companies, take the oath and then they will march off the field. It's a very moving scene to watch.
On A day you will be able to be with your cadet all day long after the parade in the morning. You'll have to bring your cadet back to WP that night and then the following day you can again be with your cadet. Some cadets will be full of energy and want to go do things, but many are very happy just to get off post and sleep somewhere - anywhere - but in the barracks. They may not want to be surrounded by family peppering them with questions. They may prefer a more quiet time with just the parents. Or they may want to see as many people as possible. Try and get a feel for what your cadet may want.
WE invited the grandparents for Rday only. We arrived early that day and said good bye to our son. The grandparents arrived later in the day and they walked on the grounds, saw the museum and then were there for the parade in the late afternoon.
We reserved a 2 queen suite at Big Bear State Park for both R and A day. Has anyone stayed here? Tried for the 5 Star in but no availability.