Your son/daughter goes where???

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by skismuggs, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. raimius

    raimius 10-Year Member

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    We seriously discussed doing a spirit mission that included posting a sign on the chapel wall saying, "Please don't feed the cadets."

    After basic, my dorm room overlooked the A-Hall/Chapel area. My roommate opened the curtains on a Saturday morning, saw some tourists, and said, "Look! Real people!"...to which I asked, "What does that make us?":yllol:
     
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 10-Year Member

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    Oh, that's so yesterday...;)

    My class, and previous ones, used to put them on the T-Zo, facing the chapel wall...and then look up with begging eyes...

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
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  3. FutureMarine07

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    Not a 2023'er, but when I tell people I want to attend the Naval Academy, most don't ask the uninformed questions, but say something like, "Oh, my *insert relation* enlisted in the Navy! He does/did *x field*." Keep in mind that's after I say I want to be a Marine officer. Marine. Officer. It's even worse when I say USCGA or USMMA. If people understand that SA's are schools, they usually ask what the Merchant Marines are or the Merchant Marine Academy commissions students into the Marine Corps, or why the Coast Guard needs an Academy, or if the Coast Guard is actually military. Once a family friend thought that the Marines didn't allow women yet.
     
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    I was running the strips past the chapel one day, looking dejected as all doolies do, and a tourist exclaimed, "Look how sad IT looks."
     
  5. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    upload_2019-1-1_17-50-0.jpeg "They took the blue from the skies & a pretty girls' eyes & a touch of Old Glories' hue..."

     
  6. Humey

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    I got to say that the things you have heard seem pretty reasonable to me. I dont know one person who ever attended an academy but if you were to tell me that you going to the Naval academy, I would probably mention that i knew someone who enlisted in the navy. Its either that or not saying anything except maybe 'well thats great." People will pay more attention to your comment about the Naval Academy than wanting to be a Marine officer. As for USCGA or USMMA, while I think I knew about the Coast Guard Academy, I had no knowledge of USMMA. Honestly, the only thing I know about the Merchant Marines prior to coming to this site, comes from watching WWII movies. Most people know about West Point, AF Academy and the Naval Academy. The other two, I dont think so much.
     
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  7. FutureMarine07

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    Great points. I understand that people try to relate by mentioning that they know someone in the Navy, just mentioning it. Also understand that most people. including myself for quite a long time, have no clue what USMMA is!
     
  8. RedDragon

    RedDragon 5-Year Member

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    Ok. I think this is my 2nd post on this thread but I love it. Went to dinner with two great couple-friends of ours this weekend. We have 1 son who is a 2018USAFA grad in UPT, and another who is at USMA and hopes to fly. The couples are all graduates of top Midwest Universities (Considerd Ivies of the Midwest). When I told them both boys have/will graduate with technical degrees they looked puzzled.... I went through the whole spiel about the 4 year degrees and both places ranked as top engineering schools... still puzzled looks...at this point my wife kicked me under the table
     
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  9. FutureMarine07

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    In essence, this thread.
     
  10. Falcon A

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    Hey Mods . . . any thoughts to moving this thread from the USAFA thread to the Service Academy Parents thread?

    Might get even more additional play . . .
     
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  11. SpchGrl

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    My dad graduated from USAFA so of course I'd heard of that (and visited, multiple times), even though he got out of the Air Force when I was a baby. I'd heard of West Point and USNA and maaaaybe USCGA (that one's iffy). But the Merchant Marine Academy? Just learned of its existence last summer, when someone who found out DS was applying to USNA went on and on about her stint in the merchant marines. I had no idea what she was talking about and had to google it later. :biggrin:
     
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    My youngest son is at USMMA, and everyone thinks he's joined the Marine Corps.
     
  13. FutureMarine07

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    Common circumstance ;-).
     
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