My original post is asking strictly for ideas for Plebe Summer. A subsequent post was referring to 2/C Squad Leaders during the Ac year. It changed 2nd Semester of my youngster year (so spring 2008) and they make up some of the squad leaders of most companies now.Wait, what?
Are we talking acyear or Plebe Summer?
Nah, you should read them a NAM citation to get them to fall asleep...Yeah a lot of that stuff is taught during your 4 years at school... interacting with Enlisted is certainly reviewed over plebe summer with detailers, Chiefs and Sr. Chiefs, and Gunnery Sergeants among others.
I'm looking more really for just ideas specific to plebe summer, as creative as they may be... rack and uniform races are really only good for so far. I was thinking maybe each night doing a MOH citation reading or something like that and other ways to motivate them and get them to take pride in Naval heritage.
As far as fitreps go, 2/C now write them (we're talking ac-year here folks) if they get to be a squad leader and then you write more as a firstie. I've gotta say I think my co. officer has done a good job trying to teach us what makes an effective fitrep.
This is exactly how my 2nd set detailers handled things and it was awesome.I'd focus on reinforcing the basics of military bearing, for one thing.
Second, try not yelling all the time. It's hard with a large group of folks, but after 3 weeks they've already learned to tune you out when you start screaming anyway. If you want to be a little evil with an individual, whispering in the right ear really works sometimes.
These kids will frustrate you to no end...but do not lose sight of the fact that they are already your shipmates. Sit them down and give them the gouge on how to succeed at the boat school...explain the dramatic shift from Plebe Summer to Ac year, available study resources, professor expectations, even liberty options.
Basically, as the summer winds down, train them as if you want them to succeed instead of attrite.
Speak to them as another midshipman trying to make it graduation...not the all-seeing, all-knowing god-like Plebe Summer cadre that you normally appear to be...sort of how the senior officers on AW interact with you mere midshipmen.
Hahah, something very similar happened to me like that.Tell them they'll all get a week of carry-on if they can get back to their rooms in less than 15 seconds chopping properly, squaring corners, etc.
What they won't know is that you switched the name plates on the doors during noon meal. Then tell them they have 30 minutes to find their new room and move all of their shit. +1 for dickheadness if you throw in an alpha inspection after this.
I really hated that one.
This would likely go over... not so well.Sometime between singing the new politically correct blue and gold and commending them for being the most diverse class in USNA's history, distribute a copy of this, and let them use it as one of their news articles the following day:
That came out my first class year. Not really appreciated by the administration.Sometime between singing the new politically correct blue and gold and commending them for being the most diverse class in USNA's history, distribute a copy of this, and let them use it as one of their news articles the following day:
Sometime between singing the new politically correct blue and gold and commending them for being the most diverse class in USNA's history, distribute a copy of this, and let them use it as one of their news articles the following day: