VMI or VTCC?

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by Clvmi, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. Clvmi

    Clvmi Member

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    Thank you so much! I’m very excited to attend VMI!
     
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  2. Falcon A

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    This is a great exchange . . . almost should be made a "sticky" for the forum IMHO to give insight to those considering attending a SA or SMC . . . I'm not a VMI grad, but I am a proud member of USAFA Class of '83. When I went through it, our attrition rate was about 37% over 4 years. VMI's attrition rate today runs perhaps closer to 30% for recent classes. Current attrition rates for the SAs is around 20% last time I checked -- lower than previous years but still "high" when compared to many other institutes of higher learning. The words imparted in this exchange would apply to any SA and perhaps to any SMC. The "SA-like" environment at VMI isn't meant to be "fun" . . . it is meant to test the grit and character of the cadet, teach individual responsibility as well as teamwork, and to prepare one for leading in life . . . getting into VMI isn't the hardest part . . . it is the "staying" that is difficult . . . well done, and best wishes to both of you.
     
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  3. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    Brother in Law was VMI. Still has that Shako on the mantle. Looks good though.
     
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  4. turtlerunnernc

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    Congratulations and welcome to the VMI Family. Have your parents join the Rat Mass 2019+3 parent page of Facebook, lots of great info and support. They will need to watch their messenger for a message from an admin to verify they are the parent of an incoming Rat.

    VMI will not be easy, but it will be worth it.

    Start running!
     
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    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    Run, Run, Run and some more for all Academies and military schools. DD said that was the hardest thing every day at USNA and DS said it was tough at Maritime. Run, Run. Run.
     
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    turtlerunnernc Member

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    +1 AF6872 run.

    Run hills. VMI is very hilly. You cannot run too much. Be sure to build up slowly so you don't get an injury like a stress fracture, planter fasciitis, tendinitis. You don't want to start out on GIM! Add 10% per week to your total mileage. Try to work up to doing a few 2-3 mile runs a week and a one longer 4-5 miler.

    Push ups, sit ups. You will be doing lots of these too. Pull ups for VFT.
     
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  7. Clvmi

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    Yes I will! I have been training for 3 weeks now. Thank you for the advice!
     
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    C76706340 VMI Class of 2019+3, AROTC Scholarship Winner

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    Did you receive the workout routine from VMI? It's a four-week program, and it's VERY EFFECTIVE. I've attached the workout routine. IMG_9306.JPG IMG_9305.JPG
     
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  9. Clvmi

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    I did not receive that. But, thank you! I’ll definitely use this!
     
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  10. Blackotter

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    Would also like to say that you will not be running at your pace. You are running as fast as the slowest person in the platoon. Run hills for a set time (20-30 minutes). I did not know this and it definitely hurt me.
     
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  11. AF6872

    AF6872 10-Year Member

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    Just be "swimming " or running faster than the person behind you. The shark is closing.
     
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  12. VMI.MOM

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    Congratulations! Make sure you are running hills, doing pull ups, etc...The Rat Line is no joke and several Rats, my Son being one of them said although he had worked out incredibly hard for two years and thought he was mentally ready....he said he was not...nothing can prepare you for the first 6 months of Rat Line. So remember work hard, it is a mental game, and you can sleep when you are dead. Good luck! My Cadet is loving life now!
     
  13. Clvmi

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    Thank you for you response!
    Also, what is your son majoring in?