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Old 13 June 2018, 12:48
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Quick Army ROTC question

Oldest heads off to Advanced Camp at Ft Knox shortly.

Wife and I are figuring out the rest of the summer travel plans and it seems that there is a family day/graduation at the end.

Anyone have an info on whether this is a thing and worth attending?
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Old 13 June 2018, 13:13
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Knox is a long way from New England. "Graduation" from ROTC advanced camp isn't much of an achievement to celebrate. Kinda like celebrating because a police academy cadet qualified on the pistol range.

If you lived in KY it might be a different thing. Look forward instead to the Commissioning ceremony next year. THAT's the achievement worthy of celebration.

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Old 13 June 2018, 13:29
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My son is there now...same route.
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Old 13 June 2018, 17:41
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My son heads there at the end of the month too.
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ROTC Adv. Camp, Ft. Sill, 1970. Dad had a six-pack waiting for me when I got home. That meant far more to me than his attendance ever would have.

He did attend my Ranger School graduation, though, and that meant more to me than a six-pack.

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Old 14 June 2018, 01:10
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Can confirm the "ceremony" at Lewis 15 years ago was not something worth attending.
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Old 14 June 2018, 05:36
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Consists of a thousand or more cadets who just want to GTFO and head home. They haven't actually graduated from anything... they've simply completed a mandatory training event.
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Anyone have an info on whether this is a thing and worth attending?
B 2/75 has the best response: "Consists of a thousand or more cadets who just want to GTFO and head home." I can't even remember my 'graduation' from Fort Lewis Advanced Camp in 1980, except that my car was packed and ready to go once we were released. When I commanded a training company at Fort Knox my ROTC Basic Camp experience was to essentially to march the cadets back from the parade field for a quick change of clothes and then board the waiting buses for the trip to the airport.

On the other hand, if you're just looking for a road trip, there are a few things to see in the area. It's worth the time to see the gold vault & Armor museum, visit Lincoln's birth place near Elizabethtown, pass through horse country around Lexington, and maybe do a distillery tour. Do that before the graduation because your Cadet will just want to get the hell out of Kentucky.
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Knox is a long way from New England. "Graduation" from ROTC advanced camp isn't much of an achievement to celebrate. Kinda like celebrating because a police academy cadet qualified on the pistol range.

If you lived in KY it might be a different thing. Look forward instead to the Commissioning ceremony next year. THAT's the achievement worthy of celebration.

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I completely concur...

Granted I "graduated" from advance camp over 25 years ago...

But all I remember about it was how silly and useless about 90% of what we did there was.. it was completely non reflective of the "real" army..

and how ready I was to spend an hour on the parade field, and get the hell out of there on graduation day and go back home..

advance camp was nothing more than checking a block back then and attending a mandatory event..
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Grandson headed that way this summer. Go here: http://www.knox.army.mil/

They have a great deal of information about graduation. Grandson gets on a plane immediately after graduation, heading to Hawaii for CTLT, so we will pass on his graduation. Will not miss commissioning or Ranger School graduation next year.
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Thanks all for the input! I appreciate it.
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I would go, just to support my son. I went to a lot of JV lacrosse games too.
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Going to see the kid this weekend, to help him move apartments and pack for camp.
Then we'll go see him again after he gets back, and take him out for a steak dinner.

I *paid* a visit to Clothing Sales (not one anywhere near him) and am bringing him a duffel bag (they freaking issue side-zip bags now!) Full of new boots, sock, tshirts, etc.
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