I was wondering what all goes on during I-Day, aside from getting all your equipment and gear, getting a hair cut, registering, and being inducted in the USNA. I have friends who received report times of 0730 and 0815 for I-Day, but they have names lower than mine alphabetically. What will plebes who go in earlier be doing while the rest of the class is being registered?
...studying Reef Points, getting yelled at, and attending an "early bird" welcome reception hosted by the Supe at his patio garden. jk
Worry not one bit, none'll be idly sitting around, sipping punch. I hear 2 or 3 hours are devoted to re-learning how to make a rack that a quarter might be dribbled on it, guys learn how to part their teddy-bear hair, and girls get to go to the spa for one last nail job.
btw, I'm not aware that report times have anything to do w/ alphabetical order. Congrats to you and your pals. Sounds like you've been running w/ the right crowd. Keep it up. Especially the running.
btw, back to your question: The best, simplest answer offered by one former Plebe as to the activities of the day, week, summer? SWEAT!
You will meet your "training" detail for your company (about two 20 year olds, and two 21 year olds) who are pretty adolescent in nature. They will...not really yell at you, but not really talk to you when they try communicating with you. (think of an annoyed customer at a retail store talking to the cashier.) Be prepared to see the infamous Academy double standardisms, (i.e, your uniform must look good with a military tuck when you step foot in Bancroft, but it is perfectly acceptable for your "training" detail to not wear shirt-stays and have wrinkles in theirs.)
And also be prepared to memorize everything in Reef Points while Gunnery Sergeant Johnson tells you "Why aren't you learning something practical? Who here knows the muzzle velocity on a SAW M249?!"
Like you said, mostly you will be getting gear and going through various stations while being processed in Alumni Hall. After about 3 hrs, you will come out the other end with a haircut, in uniform, and a bunch of gear. They will give you a quick lesson in how to properly wear your "dixie cup" (i.e. hat), stand at a attention, and how to properly salute. Then they'll throw you on a bus for a short trip to Bancroft Hall. You will form up in ranks in the parking lot while all the Moms, Dads, and tourists watch you like a bunch of zoo animals. Your stuff will be unloaded and you will carry it up the steps (while getting yelled for not touching each and every step) - then you'll take your gear to your company area.
Those who have early check-in times will have time to go through their gear and start stowing it. If you're lucky, you'll have a roommate who went to NAPS and will help you get a head start. An early check-in time is a little bit of an advantage. You'll have time to study your Reef Points.
5 Basic Responses:
Aye, Aye, sir/ma'am.
No excuse, sir/ma'am.
I'll find out, sir/ma'am. (which is the Plebe way of saying, "I don't know.")
You will be learning new terminology right away.
"Keep your eyes in the boat." means to look straight ahead at all times.
A "ladder" is stairs.
A "bulkhead" is a wall.
It's the "deck", not the floor.
It's the "head", not the bathroom or restroom.
Bancroft Hall is treated as if it is the USS Bancroft. All terminology is nautical. It's a new language you will be learning.
You get sworn-in later that afternoon. Then you'll get about 30 minutes to be with family members or just stroll around the Yard. Then you will form back up in company ranks and march into Bancroft Hall and have your first meal in King Hall as the new Fourth Class Regiment.
you will be evaluated by medical, have some blood drawn, get updated on any immunizations you need [make sure to bring a COPY of your immunization record with you and KEEP IT ON YOU]....
you will give a urine sample [no drinking pre-I-Day, NO DRUGS of ANY KIND]....
you will have your vision retested and be tested for color blindness....
you will be issued about 90 lbs of gear [that you will carry]...
if they give you the wrong sized shoes, SPEAK UP and get another pair....
you will be told to go here, stand there, drink drink drink....
keep a sense of humor, but under NO circumstances, DON'T let it out and don't smile. NO LAUGHING OR SMIRKING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE.
Remember the cadre are NOT your friends- they are UPPERCLASS and they are your DETAILERS AND TRAINERS. CALL THEM SIR and MA'AM.
Remember your 5 responses, do as you are told- quickly and without question-
and just get through the day.
it is a long one, no matter what time you start.
Don't worry about your report time- it is not important to know the "why" of what time you get- just do as you are told and start learning to "follow"....without question, rhyme or reason. Just do it.
Leave your attitude at the door. Wear your running shoes- well broken in. Look neat. Don't wear any logos on your clothing. Tuck your shirt in. Wear a belt. Put sunscreen on your head and back of your neck when you get told to- that part of your body has not seen the sun for a long time, so lather it on.
Tell your family to NOT root for you, call your name out, or do ANTHING ELSE that will attract attention to YOU. YOU will be the one to pay the price for that.... make sure they ALL know that! They can hug and kiss you all they like when you hit Stribbling walk at the end of the day. Make sure THEY understand the rules.
Question for navy2010,
What other tests are administered during the medical exam upon arrival of Induction Day? will it be a re-examination of the medical exam candidates took for Admission (DoDMERB) or more stringent that those? Also, I heard that there was a PFA administered during I-Day? can I get some information on that?
I Day is more tiring than anything else, remember you are one of about 1200 sharing the experience. Ideally, you won't do anything to stand out (now is not the time to wear a GO ARMY! shirt like one of my daughter's classmates did). Just do what you are told to do and you will be fine.