Family News and Announcements
Joel Pellicci, a freshmen at the Citadel, has been honored with numerous awards during his first semester at the military college. Pellicci,19, a 2007 Irmo High School graduate, has been named to the President's List, the Commandant's Distinguished Service List, and the Dean's List. Pellicci, who is assigned to "M" Company in Third Batallion, was only one of nine (9) freshmen in the entire school to be selected to the very prestigious President's List. Pellicci posted a 3.4 GPA during his first semester, along with very high scores in physical fitness testing and military acumen. Pellicci is the son of Joseph and Anita Pellicci of Irmo and is a member of Union United Methodist Church, also in Irmo.
Wednesday, October the 15th will be the 53rd anniversary of Aunt Marie and Uncle George. Pretty amazing I think! They just returned from a trip to Ruidosa, New Mexico where they celebrated.
Aunt Marie is scheduled to have surgery that day to remove a precancer basel cell removed that's by her eye. We'll all be praying for you Aunt Marie.
One month from today, Blake leaves for Chicago where he'll be until the end of December. My guess (Cyndi can correct me if I'm wrong) is that he'll be at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. It's the command within the United States Navy primarily responsible for conducting the initial orientation and training of new recruits. It commonly is referred to as boot camp, or recruit training, and is approximately eight weeks long. All enlistees into the United States Navy begin their careers at the command. Upon successful completion of basic training, qualifying sailors are sent to various apprenticeship, or "A schools", located across the United States where they begin training in their occupational speciality, or ratings. Those who have not yet received a specific rating, enter the fleet with a general designation of airman, fireman, or seaman.
Navy Recruits begin their journey at Building 1405, Golden Thirteen, the Recruit In-processing Center in Camp Moffett. Recruits arrive at all hours, but mostly during the night. Before formal training can begin at Recruit Training Command, Recruits are screened medically, dentally, and administratively. They receive a thorough round of inoculations, an initial issue of uniforms, and their first military haircut. They are taught basic grooming standards, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), standards of conduct, and are introduced to their Recruit Division Commander.
This first week of training called P-Days (processing days) lasts for approximately five days, but can run a little longer depending on weekends, holidays, and the schedule of arriving Recruits. During P-days, Recruits will be taught the basics of watch standing, they will be given information to memorize, and they will begin learning to organize their gear. P-Days conclude with a commissioning ceremony, led by the Recruit's Group Commander (Ship's Officer) in which their division receives its guidon (divisional flag displaying division number). This ceremony marks the official start of their training.
This week is considered the most intense week of physical conditioning. Recruits take their initial swim qualification test, learn military drill, the details of rank and rating, and the Navy core values.
During Week Two, recruits learn the Navy chain of command, custom and courtesies, and basic watchstanding
Week Three consists of hands on training. Recruits will learn laws of armed conflict, money management, basic seamanship, shipboard communication, and Navy ship and aircraft identification. Recruits also take their first physical training test, consisting of curl ups, sit-reaches, push ups, and a 1.5-mile (2.4 km) run.
Week Four mostly consists of weapons training. Recruits are familiarized with the M9 and the Mossberg 500 or Remington 870 (the Navy no longer gives weapons training on the M-16 during basic training).
Week Five consists of learning more of drill instructions need from the military drill assessment.
During Week Six, recruits learn shipboard damage and firefighting skills. Recruits will learn to escape smoke-filled compartments, open and close watertight doors, use self-contained breathing apparatus, carry fire hoses and learn to extinguish fires. Week Six also consists of the Confidence Chamber (tear-gas chamber).
Week Seven is the last week of Navy Basic Training. These seven weeks, combined with Processing Week, makeup the approximate eight week training cycle that each Recruit must complete before graduating. Week seven consists of the accumulation of Navy Basic Training in a gruelling 12 hour exercise called "Battle Stations". This reinforces much of the instruction learned during Basic Training. Recruits have to pass all the requirements of Basic Training in order to participate in "Battle Stations". Once Recruits have successfully completed "Battle Stations" they become Sailors, don their Navy Ball Cap and are permitted to Pass In Review (PIR) at the USS Midway, Ceremonial Drill Hall, officially marking their graduation and entrance into the fleet of the United States Navy.
Joel left for the Citadel and is in for 2 weeks of hell....literally! We can only imagine what it will be like but I have a feeling it just might be harder for Joey and Anita.
Let the hell week begin...
By the time they arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, this week, many of the 600 or so freshmen--otherwise known as knobs--entering the Citadel hope to be ready for the rigors of Hell Week and beyond. Local alumni representatives will have taught them what is the best kind of sandpaper to keep their uniform brass tarnish free, the most effective bug repellent (knobs are not permitted to scratch in public), the most reliable alarm clocks and the most durable T shirts. They will also be mentally prepared for the ritual hazing, designed to remind cadets that the military has no room for free spirits. As Henry Woods, class of '67, told an incoming group recently, "Remember, once you enter the Citadel you are the same. You should not stand out in any way."
With 711 reporting the Class of 2012 is the largest freshman class to report to the Citadel in 32 years, the highest average high school GPA, and second highest average SAT.
During the first year, students learn the best qualities of character, physical fitness, ethics, honor, integrity and courage through a military and disciplined environment. The first step – learn how to be followers so in succeeding years additional duties and responsibilities in leadership roles can be achieved.
In 1842, Charleston established an academy for training a militia to protect the city from the threat of a slave rebellion. Now known as The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, the school is now a four-year, state supported military college.
Friday, June 6, 2008 12 noon at the Carolina Coliseum. Congratulations Joel!!