Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Vista123, Apr 18, 2016.
where is Airborne held over summer for AROTC?
Fort Benning GA
Was the graduation worth going to?
It depends. It is not a long or remarkable ceremony. However, you will see your child get his/her wings get pinned. I guess it matters how far you have to travel and cost for hotel and all. I remember not many parents or family members came when I graduated.
Not a huge deal and you have to consider weather. Every class has to complete 5 successful exits from a high performance aircraft. If there are thunderstorms (not uncommon in the summer in GA) or other reasons you can't fly then class may not graduate until Saturday or Monday or Tuesday the following week. Also, if that is the case they will likely do the graduation on Fryar Drop Zone which is about 10 miles west of post in Alabama. The cool thing then is you'll see your student on their last jump (obviously hard to differentiate at 1200 feet) but Fryar DZ isn't really set up for it. Also, once the students graduate they will still have to outprocess 1-507 PIR which will take a few more hours so lots of sitting around and waiting (which is pretty much 80% of Airborne school). The only people that really seemed to get something out of the ceremony were legacy jumpers who might have a relative pin on the same jump wings they earned in 1967 or something like that.
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When I graduated from Airborne school a hundred years ago, but I would assume the scenario could still happen today...we were on a weather delay for 2 days, so by the time we got the 5th jump in, we got into a big class formation on the drop zone and they declared us graduated. We were told we would get our wings when we turned in our chutes...there was literally a pile of them on the table and we all took a pair as we handed over our chutes. Knowing where you live Vista, even if your son's class had an actual ceremony, there really isn't much to it, to make it worth the trip.
so, my oldest will be on two navy training blocks the summer, my youngest will be in Shanghai for the summer through the state department.
It will be my first prolonged 'empty nester' during my slow season at work. (waaahhhh-that was a big whine)
I didnt get to see this wayward middle son much over the school yr because of his army commitments /fraternity shenanigans....so even if the odds are stacked against, a 12 hour road trip seems better than binge watching netflix and crying in my Chardonnay. Im sure there are friends I can annoy with a visit along the way
I know several whose moms attended the graduation. Not one of them said, "It was a waste if time~wished I didn't go."
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