Basics

"Basics are the dumbest of God's creatures"
-Kierza

Someone has to put something on this page.
C/Col Feinstein

I think this might fit better on this page than on the good/bad/idea list page.

13 basics sent home is a high amount. However, I believe that there should be a few cadets that go home each year. If there aren't, then it's probably a sign that the encampment isn't challenging enough. I don't think cadets should be warned of what they are in for; they should arrive without being given a heads-up as to whats coming, and then adapt their behavior and expectations to match the atmosphere of the encampment.
C/TSgt Daniel Otto

I know this sounds cruel, but some basics NEEDED to go home. The ones that were sick, were too hurt to continue to be a normal member of the flight, "couldn't" wear their uniforms for one reason or another, or cried each night… They wore out staff because they needed so much additional attention, and they had a bad effect on other flight members and on flight morale. This year we simply had a bunch of cadets who showed up thinking the whole thing would be a summer camp, that everyone was there to make them happy, and that it wouldn't require effort on their part. They were wrong. When they found this out, they tried to manipulate staff to get their way. I agree that its bad we had 13 cadet who went home, but parents need to be warned that encampment requires effort, self discipline, and maturity. If a kid doesn't have this, he shouldn't go. Its not a "bootcamp" that will return bratty kids as respectful, mature individuals to their parents.
~C/2d Lt Larson

Something new. But the purpose of encampment IS to make the basics respectful individuals.
C/Col Feinstein

Yes, but staff can only work with what is already there. It is possible to build on existant character traits, but not to create a whole new character, especially in the time we have.
~C/2d Lt Larson

I think information should be posted to the wing website, or sent in an email on CAPNC, before encampment, discussing the rigors of it, and expectations for basics (e.g. there will be yelling, basics will be expected to be motivated, to be disciplined, to do their best, etc.), so that parents and cadets have an idea of what it will be like. The benefits of encampment should also be discussed, but at the same time cadets and parents should be alerted to the atmosphere of an encampment before deciding to attend. This way, only the cadets who really "care" will come. Not only will this lead to a decline in cadets who drop out, but it will also prepare for a better encampment. When staff are dealing with cadets who care, they can do so much more for them than is possible for cadets who are unmotivated and wish they hadn't come.
~C/2d Lt Larson

That information was on the NCWG website before encampment. Remember that the server crashed days before encampment so a lot of people could not access the material.
We shouldn't say that basics will be yelled at. We can say "basics will be highly encouraged to do thier best" or "staff will keep basics motivated at all times."
The goals of encampment should be published as part of the encampment acceptance packet, which needed to be mailed (it wasnt this year)
C/Col Feinstein

Okay, sounds good, so long as the basics know they aren't going to a summer church camp or something.
~C/2d Lt Larson

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