What Goes on at R-Day

mah17

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Can someone please let me know small details about what happens on R-Day and the first week of swab summer. I appreciate the smallest of details. Thank you.
 

trackandfield08

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Can someone please let me know small details about what happens on R-Day and the first week of swab summer. I appreciate the smallest of details. Thank you.

It's a lot of admin mixed in with a hard and fast introduction to military life. That's all I'll say, it's something to be experienced without too much prior knowledge. Nothing anyone will tell you here will fully prepare you for Swab Summer. As TennisDad said, there are plenty of videos. Watch those, get in the best shape possible and enjoy your remaining months with family and friends.

To be honest, most people remember very little about R-Day. I've been a part of R-Day three times (as a swab and as a cadet) and I still couldn't tell you everything that happens.
 

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Can someone please let me know small details about what happens on R-Day and the first week of swab summer. I appreciate the smallest of details. Thank you.

It's a lot of admin mixed in with a hard and fast introduction to military life. That's all I'll say, it's something to be experienced without too much prior knowledge. Nothing anyone will tell you here will fully prepare you for Swab Summer. As TennisDad said, there are plenty of videos. Watch those, get in the best shape possible and enjoy your remaining months with family and friends.

To be honest, most people remember very little about R-Day. I've been a part of R-Day three times (as a swab and as a cadet) and I still couldn't tell you everything that happens.

I'll second this. I attended 4 R-Days in a row (Thank you Cadet Admin for that extra long delay at the Academy between phases 3/c Summer) and honestly after all that... the memories have faded to just a few highlights. Take every day as it comes, live in the moment and you'll get through R-Day, you'll get through Swab Summer, you'll get through 4/c year and you'll get through the Academy.

Before you know it, you'll be staring down the barrel of your third set of orders, wondering how you're still not standing on the parade field swearing in.
 

rtp9799

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Can someone please let me know small details about what happens on R-Day and the first week of swab summer. I appreciate the smallest of details. Thank you.
R Day - Reporting Day is now called SI or S Day - Swearing In Day ... to enhance the understanding and magnitude of the Oath taken by the swabs that day - R and SI/S Day are one in the same ... you will likely hear both and possibly from the same person with in breaths of each other ... don't be confused they are the same
on this page is some of the stuff pertaining to SI Day ... www.uscga.edu/2020 - the dates will be a little off because they are for last years class (2021 should be online in a week or so) but it should give you some idea of the events and time lines for the weekend and SI Day
 

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Simply put, you show up, you fill out some forms, you get onto a bus, and life as you know it changes forever.

Do what they tell you to do, when the tell you to do it, in the way they teach you to do it, and you'll be ok.
 

TennisDad

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R Day - Reporting Day is now called SI or S Day - Swearing In Day ... to enhance the understanding and magnitude of the Oath taken by the swabs that day - R and SI/S Day are one in the same ... you will likely hear both and possibly from the same person with in breaths of each other ... don't be confused they are the same
on this page is some of the stuff pertaining to SI Day ... www.uscga.edu/2020 - the dates will be a little off because they are for last years class (2021 should be online in a week or so) but it should give you some idea of the events and time lines for the weekend and SI Day

SI Day - Sports Illustrated Day
 

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You march around all day and they scream at you. You have a few minutes to say goodbye to your family after a ceremony. It's all very emotional. You don't cry, but there are parents all around bawling after all the cadets leave. My perception as a mom.....
 

Objee

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Can someone please let me know small details about what happens on R-Day and the first week of swab summer. I appreciate the smallest of details. Thank you.
R Day - Reporting Day is now called SI or S Day - Swearing In Day ... to enhance the understanding and magnitude of the Oath taken by the swabs that day - R and SI/S Day are one in the same ... you will likely hear both and possibly from the same person with in breaths of each other ... don't be confused they are the same
on this page is some of the stuff pertaining to SI Day ... www.uscga.edu/2020 - the dates will be a little off because they are for last years class (2021 should be online in a week or so) but it should give you some idea of the events and time lines for the weekend and SI Day
I don't know why the name change occurred, but it's "Swearing-In Day" now versus "Reporting-In Day" or "Day One" versus "R-Day". With the change came guidance that it's not being called "SI-Day" or "S-Day" so not sure what your source for that is, but they were mistaken.
 

rtp9799

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I don't know why the name change occurred, but it's "Swearing-In Day" now versus "Reporting-In Day" or "Day One" versus "R-Day". With the change came guidance that it's not being called "SI-Day" or "S-Day" so not sure what your source for that is, but they were mistaken.
Thought I heard it mentioned that way sometime during AEP ... if I am mistaken about that ... I apologize
 

Objee

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I don't know why the name change occurred, but it's "Swearing-In Day" now versus "Reporting-In Day" or "Day One" versus "R-Day". With the change came guidance that it's not being called "SI-Day" or "S-Day" so not sure what your source for that is, but they were mistaken.
Thought I heard it mentioned that way sometime during AEP ... if I am mistaken about that ... I apologize
No apology required and you probably did hear someone call it that during AEP since most faculty/staff are still trying to update their vocabulary. If you've called something "R-Day" for 20+ years, it's going to take more than a memo and a few days to always remember it's now called "Day One" instead.
 
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