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Son wants to leave USNA Plebe summer - please help

momanddadvonmomanddadvon 0 replies1 threads New Member
Our son has entered Plebe summer and is doing well physically. He has decided he doesn't want the military life within 10 days. He is ready to come home and go to a regular university. He is set. He has a plan but this has been his dream for years. He is on the gymnastics team and he is ready to give it all up! We are desperate for advice to keep him in through at least a semester. He is already accelling and leadership is impressed. Please if anyone has advice.
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  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri 9460 replies359 threads Senior Member
    If the military is no longer his dream, why do you want him to stay?
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  • EmpireappleEmpireapple 2076 replies27 threads Senior Member
    I understand what you are saying - it's so early. Although the USNA is tougher than going to other colleges/universities, if a student was attending one of those and wanted to leave after 10 days, we would all be telling him to stick it out and give it more of a try.

    Is there anyone you now who is a USNA alumni who could reach out to your son and talk with him? Plebe summer and plebe year are tough. It sounds like he needs some support. Going to Annapolis is being part of an elite club that only those who have experienced can truly understand. The only thing I can think of is to have someone from that club connect with him to help him through. Good luck. I can only imagine how you feel. Getting there is a tremendous honor and will afford him amazing opportunities in the future. It will open many, many doors throughout his life.

    I too believe he needs to stick it out and find his grit. He and his classmates will bond and help one another. Please report back to us and let us know what happens.
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  • Wje9164beWje9164be 1312 replies8 threads Senior Member
    I graduated in the class of 1983 and was a miserable Plebe particularly during Beast Barracks. I was very naive about what would be expected of me and had no appreciation for what it would be like living as a Plebe. I was basically a "spaz" to use the vernacular of the late 1970's. My advice to anyone in your son's situation would be to stay at least until 2nd semester of Plebe year starts as he probably cannot get into any decent college at this point and after a semester of academics and adjusting to West Point he may change his mind
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  • bjm1122bjm1122 12 replies1 threads New Member
    How did this story end? I have a USNA admit heading to Annapolis. I think that the Navy sees mids in this state every day...and they help them mange through the process.

    "plebe summer was the best time of my life" - said no one ever!
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  • happy1happy1 23506 replies2333 threads Senior Member
    @bjm1122 the OP hasn't been on CC since 7/19
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    Closing thread.
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