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Officially Approved Items (from USNA website):
- White jockey-style brief underwear (18 briefs will be issued on I-Day).
- White crew neck fitted cotton undershirts (9 undershirts will be issued on I-Day). Undershirts will be worn under uniforms and need to be tight fitting.
- White V-neck fitted cotton undershirts (15 undershirts will be issued on I-Day). Undershirts will be worn under uniforms and need to be tight fitting.
- White athletic tube socks (22 pairs of socks will be issued on I-Day). Tube socks need to reach just below mid-calf. Ankle socks will not be authorized for wear.
- Black or Navy Compression “Spandex” Shorts (6 shorts will be issued on I-Day). Shorts shall be worn underneath issued running mesh shorts.
- White sports bras (11 sports bras will be issued to females on I-Day).
- White or nude brassiere (NO regular bras will be issued to females on I-Day. Recommend bring 2). Plebes will have few opportunities to wear these over the summer; however recommended that regular bras be worn during uniform fittings.
- Running shoes
- Toiletries (razors, shaving cream, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, liquid soap, hygiene products Plebes will have at least one visit to the Midshipmen Store over the summer to purchase necessary items.
- Enough money to last six weeks. Spending opportunities are limited to a few occasions over the summer. Recommend around $100.
- An inexpensive scientific calculator for placement exams. Exams are taken the first few days of Plebe Summer.
- Athletic shoes for any sports in which you will participate (i.e. soccer cleats, basketball shoes).
- Athletic equipment for any sports in which you desire to participate (i.e. lacrosse stick, tennis racket, baseball glove). Do not bring heavy or bulky equipment such as weights, bicycles, or golf clubs.
- Cellular Phone
Un-officially Recommended Items (from the Parent site--USNA.org):
These Items are best delivered in the first and subsequent Care Packages
- Bleach Pen.
- Small Package of spring clips that hold on Name tags and tie tacs.
- A small (3″ x 5″) American Flag for their desk.
- Several soft cloths to polish shoes, boots and brass.
- Small Wind Up or battery powered Alarm Clock.
- Personal Toiletries including a bottle of Aspirin or Tylenol, cough drops, blister pads.
- Medicated Foot Powder for Athlete’s Foot.
- Medicated Body Powder for heat rash and chafing.
- They can’t have enough white crew socks.
- Disposable lighter and an extension cord.
- Stamped and addressed envelopes and postcards to make it easier for your Plebe to write home.
Note: Unofficially Recommended Items are NOT on the approved list of things that the Mid can bring on I-Day and may be confiscated if brought to I-Day. If you’d rather not take the chance of them being stored until the end of summer, pack them up and mail them to your Mid via US Mail from the Annapolis Post Office before you leave town on I-Day or immediately upon your arrival back home. Your Plebe will know his/her mailing address at the end of the day.
Additional Information and References (from USNA website):
- Reporting for Induction Day Frequently Asked Questions
- Parents Information Booklet (class of 2018)
- Oath of Office and Personal Swearing-in Frequently Asked Questions
- Required Rates for I-Day
- Exercise Routine
More on preparing for Induction Day:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an adjunct professor on technology-in-education, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CSG Master Teacher, a USNA columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, and a weekly contributor to Today’s Author. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers next summer.