not a cadre member either.... but from someone who had to work extremely hard to keep up with the physical preparedness of her squad,
NEVER GIVE UP!
not giving in to the temptation to quit will earn you loads of respect.
when i fell behind on a really long run, they offered me a ride in a van bac to bancroft and i told my platoon leader, "i may be the last one to finish, but i AM going to finish."
my squad leader was so proud when i got accepted to naps.
What jadler03 wrote is exactly what i did last summer and i had the best time of my life! I can honestly say that the week i spent at USNA for the summer seminar was the greatest experience I could have ever had. By following the advise jadler03 gave, i was nominated for best candidate in Charlie company and definitely got the attention of the cadre, (the good type of attention!). Just remember to have fun and soak in the whole experience. And don't shy away from doing anything. This is only going to happen once in your life, so go out of your comfort zone and enjoy. For example, my squad and I stood up at lunch and sang for a cadre member in front of the whole seminar, totally worth it!
Last edited by trump2811; 05-14-2007 at 09:04 PM.
My kiddo IS a NASS Cadre and I can assure you if there is one thing they will be looking for it is humility. Don't be acting like you are big stuff if you are JROTC, or in Civil Air Patrol, or if your dad is USNA, and the like. Just pitch in, be a part of your Squad as a team member - look for ways to help each other and show 100% dedication, focus and enthusiam....THESE will impress the Cadre, NOT you're telling them all your resume activities.
we sang 'you've lost that loving feeling'. My squad leader had us sing it to a classmate of his to embarrass them. try your best, be yourself, and work as a team and encourage each other and it will be awesome. And another point: Just remember that everyone there wants to be a leader like you, so don't try to be the only boss. Its a learning experience for everyone, including the cadre. Good luck to all who attend! (oh, and they give you LOTS of free clothing!)
I met someone who is going to be a squadron leader at a USNA dinner. Actually, he was sitting next to me throughout the whole dinner. He said there's not much to worry about, but you should still take a seriously. The other midshipman sitting on my other side told me that NASS was one of the reasons he got into the USNA. The midshipman running his squad put in a good word for him.
All the above advice is wonderful. One thing that really stood out about a girl in my squad was during the CFA she ran a 6 minute mile and then, even though all of us that had finished were dead tired she covinced us to run with her back to the other people in our squad and finish with them. She ended up running the last part of the mile 4 more times so that she could finish with the rest of our squadmates. I was completely amazed and so were the cadre.
Were you session 3? I think it was Delta company that did that. Alpha did some crazy stuff, too, but Delta was the one that did that. oy....
Luckily it wasn't at Sea Trials. It was at the end of the next-to-last day's PEP. Our longest and hardest PEP was just over with...and then they force the SEAL candidate to hop up there for another 20 or 30 minutes. Luckily they didn't push us as much as I expected, but geez!