Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by didlidog, Feb 6, 2017.
Is there a Facebook page for appointed individuals?
I can't answer your question; because I don't know. Normally, this forum will have a thread where all the people who follow the forum who received an appointment will put some of their info on. Not sure if one person or an organization has a facebook page for all the appointees.
On a side note; if it were me; (But I'm nobody, so take it with a grain of salt); if I received an appointment, I'd be extremely proud and happy. However, I'd want to keep a very low profile online. Why, pray tell? ; you may ask. This year's junior's at the academy, are going to be your cadre; your leaders at the academy. As well as many of the other lower class cadets. If I'm one of 1,200 coming to the academy, I want to keep a low profile. I want to walk into the academy with no preconceived opinions of me. And, if any of you think that no one at the academy knows who you are; isn't looking at social media for the things you say; and doesn't care what you do before getting there;.............well, all I can say is; you're wrong. Without going into details, if you're a big time standout in social media; prior to arriving to the academy; those there WILL KNOW who you are. It's happened in the past numerous times.
Exactly, be careful. Cadets read the USAFA appointee facebook page and they will look at your social media pages. Try not to be that annoying appointee, just be low profile.
If my memory serves me right, I believe that USAFA Admissions will start an official Class of 2021 Appointee FB page and invite Appointees who have accepted. As I recall, it is in the April time frame.
thank you for your concern. Maybe I am not familiar enough with the facebook groups, but i don't completely understand what makes a facebook group for the academy so different from a facebook group for a civilian college? Typically, with civilian colleges, it is only the students that are incoming freshman who are added into the group, other classes will not be able to see what is posted and said. Also, what is so bad about having an opinion of who you are? People don't change that drastically in a couple of months and so chances are, who you are now is who you will be when you first enter the academy.
My reason for wanting to join a facebook group for appointees is much like with any other college; I want to get to know some of my future friends and peers while being able to learn more about the other people who will also be attending the academy. The main purpose of most of the groups is also to make friends before even stepping foot onto campus that way when first going, we wont feel as lonely. Albeit there is no doubt I would quickly get to know peopel and make new friends, it feels nice to go somewhere already knowing a few people.
I do not intend to post in the group. I want to be able to see any updates on what other cadets will be doing ie training, things to bring, etc.
Do you know how many students usually join the group?
Not saying being on social media itself is bad. Simply saying to keep a low profile. It's fine to get to know people. But usually, the type of people who go to the academy are type A personalities. They tend to toot their own horn a bit. A remember, you're joining the military. You're not going off to college and joining a fraternity or sorority. And the cadre, your instructors when you get there, are not there to be your friend. They're there to break you down, along with everyone else, and build you back up as a team.
Usually, the ones who have the problems, are the ones who talk online about how they were a commander in jrrotc, cap, etc. and that they think they have a leg up and it will be easier. Or the ones who start talking about how they'll breeze through and they're going to be a pilot and go to grad school, etc. basically spouting their individuality. Stay away from talking about how good you are, and you'll be fine.
Are you to mean that there are a lot of incoming cadets who are conceited and condescending about their supposed impressive accomplishments? I assumed that a lot of cadets were humble.
Christcorp is correct on many points, so if/when you join the appointee Facebook page, just remember it is being followed by a lot more folks than your peers. As with any social media, "what you say can and will be used against you", if possible.
That being said, for the class of 2020, a little over 450 joined the 2020 appointee Facebook page (about 1/3 of the appointments); of those, about 150 (1/3 again) posted and chatted with each other, all knowing full well that their BCT cadre would most likely be monitoring the posts. To "bypass" a bit of this, as the appointees got to know each other via this means, they began creating private group chats to better control who could see and/or participate in the conversations.
It is a good way to connect with your incoming classmates. And, yes, there will be some who just want to toot their own horn, but there are many more who ARE humble and just want to get to know you for who you really are and want their classmates to see them for who they are, and not judge them by their "accomplishments". Everyone who receives an appointment typically has significant accomplishments, awards, ECs, etc. So, even though you or they might be a big fish in your/their little pond, you are entering a bigger pond with fish of equal size, as well as some bigger and some smaller.
DD never had a Facebook page until she joined the appointee group. She made a lot of friends before I-Day, and several of them are very close to this day. It is a good forum for additional information you may not easily find elsewhere. Additionally, it was a means by which the appointees coordinated before I-Day to meet up in Colorado Springs for a few get togethers, especially for their respective BCT squadrons (for those who came into town early). Even for those who did not arrive until the night before or on I-Day, many of them arranged to meet up as a group prior to beginning in-processing.
They aren't conceited or condescending. "They're 17-18 years old"!!! The hardest thing for someone at that age to comprehend is; "They aren't as mature or as grown-up as they think they are". Most of the people who get appointments have gotten a lot of attention in high school. Most are the high end of the academic scale. All the clubs, sports, volunteering, EC, etc. that makes you competitive for an appointment, are also the things that make you a standout in high school. At y'all's age, this attention and notoriety is very appealing. And for some, very important. Within a couple of days at the academy, you will be placed on equal footing with everyone else. Your individuality will be stripped. You won't be allowed or able to accomplish things by yourself. Tasks are even designed to force you to need each other's help. Most appointees aren't use to this. They're use to doing it on their own. (One of the reasons athletics is so important on your application. It shows you know how to work as a team with others).
Use facebook or other social media as a means of getting to know the other appointees; if this is important to you. Whether or not you will ever get to see each other once at the academy is unknown. There's 40 squadrons in the academy. That's about 30 people (Noobies) in each. You have no say where you'll be; but that will be your new family. And once BCT is over, your squadron during the academic year will be your family. See it for what it is; not what you want it to be. It's a totally different world.
I just saw the other day that a Parent's Resource FB page has been created for the Class of 2021. I know that the LOA is a requirement for membership in this group, but beyond that I don't recall other specifics off the top of my head.
I think most teenagers alternate between being confident in what they have done so far and being nervous about continuing on that path and not letting themselves or anyone else down. For the ones I know most "bragging" if any, comes from proud family
DS's sister and her friends will be cadre....She's likely to know someone or several someones in DS's squadron. That will make it interesting,
There is a USAFA Parents Facebook page. One for each incoming class and one for all parents in general. Just search USAFA Class of 2021 Parents Group or USAFA Parent Resource
These are great resources.
But I'm no parent. I'm the student. Can I still join the group?
I'm a member of both groups and it seems to be strictly parents based on my observations.
It is really for the parents. There are cadet pages that usually pop up around March.
Separate names with a comma.