You can come by yourself. Once your parents signed the other papers, you pretty much became emancipated. At least in the eyes of the government. You'll now be signing everything for yourself. later... mike....
CadCandMateus; that is a "suggestion" because it should be a family event. Correct? The reason I say that is because some parents can't afford such a trek; especially if they plan on coming back on "A" day or Parent's Weekend, or paying for the cadet to come home at T-giving or Xmas. I just don't want someone to think their parent HAS TO SHOW UP if they are 17 years old.
Our son made the choice to arrive for I-Day alone, and he was 17. He has told us since that it was the best way to do it for him. Now, I realize that everyone will be different, but he felt that the famliy good-byes were best handled at the home airport. It was one less distraction for him that day. The family that he stayed with for his 'Bed and Breakfast' program the night before have since become his sponsor family.
My son felt the same way; but with only living 2 hours away, he couldn't convince me to let him take a 40 minute flight. LOL!!! He got over it. Actually, it was pretty tough saying goodbye, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. There was a lot of "Silence". Especially once you get in "line". I think it was only about 30 minutes, but there wasn't a lot of talking by anyone. Of course we said goodbye again inside; then watched him go upstairs; then waited out back and watched him come downstairs and out back for briefing. Then "Crossing Over" from Heaven to Hell. Then finally getting on the bus.
When I left home 30 years ago, I had my parents take me to the train station which took me to the Airport. While my parents understood why I wanted to leave by myself, I know it really tore them up. And I explained that to my son ahead of time. He understood, and had no problem with us taking him. As soon as I returned from the academy, I called my mom and dad and said I was sorry (For the umpteenth time); for leaving so abruptly. No, it was hard, but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. later... mike...
My parents are eager to see me leave, although they'll miss me when they realize their remaining children (my 15 year old brother and 10 year old sister) cannot get along together for 1 hour without me mediating. . They'll be begging for me to come back by Parent's Weekend, lol
Well, this fencersmother put her two little babies on that plane (they're "military" now so we get a gate pass!), and I bawled my eyes out. Oh, that was definitely among the toughest days (years!) of my life. I will never forget DS's hand waving to me through the window of that plane's window. Oh, even now, I can be (read: am) brought to tears by the memory.
They flew to TX, and from there took a plane to COS. They said that on their flight, all but six of the passengers were incoming basics.
They know how eager I am about attending the Academy, but my interest often gets on their nerves. They'll enjoy the first few hours of me not mentioning the opportunities the Academy will open up for me, lol. THEN they'll miss me.
Up until now I assumed that induction was handled similarly at all the SA's. S has dual appointments to USNA and USAFA and is in the process of making a decision. I-day definitely different at Navy--parents end witnessing actually induction following processing. My nephew is a mid--his parents said it gave them a sense of closure--no such ceremony at Air Force?
haha my parents are and have always been pretty hands off for the most part. They arent even coming with me to orientation but i embrace it! lol. I want to be on my own and have a really strong sense of independence. And my parents also think that if im going to a SA then i should step up and not have to be "chaperoned" to CO. The way i see it, if your going into military....this is somewhat like the first initial step of personal responsibility and independence. Just my 2 cents...
My dad did ROTC, and he had to get loads of immunizations, too. He went golf right after, so his arms weren't as sore the next day like the rest of his group. I don't think we're going to have golfing as an option on I-Day .
What immunization are they? Are they ones you can get beforehand?
Yes... Heard this also. Not sure if its the same for all armed forces but my brother who is in the Navy said he was friends with needles after all their pokes. Said something about a shot the consistency of peanut butter? Youch!