"DDAY FAQ"

Welcome to the DDAY FAQ, a place to answer questions about playing with the CEF at DDAY, the biggest game in the world!
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Here are some general Questions & Answers for all you first timers to D-Day who will be playing with the Commonwealth Expeditionary Forces.

GENERAL

What unit do I register with on the D-Day Adventure Park website?

I have registered now what?

How do I get in touch with my unit commander?

How should I plan for my financial institution before travelling to the USA?

What is the average cost to attend D-day, with travel costs?

Do I need smoke or paint grenades?

How much paint should I prepare to purchase? Do I grab all my paint at the beginning or is there a way to grab paint as needed?

Should I get in shape?

Are there any costs with joining the CEF?

When should I be on-site?

I live in [Some place far away from the field]. How can the Commonwealth help me get there?

The 1st Canadian Parachute Infantry is invite-only. How do I get an invite?

Do I have to be a citizen of an actual Commonwealth country to play with the Commonwealth?

Are there any age restrictions to playing with the Commonwealth?

What do ranks mean? How the ranks work? How do I gain rank?

Where/how do I learn about the units?

PACKING

Should I bring sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen?

Should I plan for shade?

Should I pack conservatively?

Should I bring a camera?

How about boots?

Should I bring extra shoes?

Should I bring extra socks?

Do I really need knee pads?

Should I consider padding?

Should I bring something to write on and with?

Should I take my I-pod, CDs or whatever?

Should I get a Rubbermaid to put it all in?

What type of insect repellant should I bring?

PAINTBALL GEAR

Paintball Marker (gun)

Should I consider taking a mechanical marker?

What type of pants should I wear while playing? Are paintball pants a good choice? Where can I order DPM pants?

Which would be better for playing, Full vest or harness?

Should I consider a tactical vest?

What type of radio do I need?

CEF UNIFORMS

What is the CEF uniform?

Where can I pick up the cool looking maroon CEF T-shirts? Will you guys have some for sale at D-day?

If I need the CEF uniform, how many sets would be recommended for the week?

Where can I purchase the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force jersey?

What are the "Dress uniforms" for the parade and special events (tea party)?

Where can I purchase the CEF stickers/can cozies/cups/other merchandise?

How do uniforms work? What is the official uniform? Can I wear a replica uniform?

DDAY FIELD

What does "HYDRATE" mean?

Do I need to carry water? What would be the best option to carry it?

Is there any electricity at the CEF campground; I would just need some for charging my phone/radio? Is there a fee?

How secure is things around camp, is it safe to leave your gear in your tents, or should it be locked up in the car?

Should I be prepared for extreme weather?

I have been hearing that the water at D-Day is not suitable to drink, any truth to this?

Port-a-Potty's are they cleaned often at D-day?

Are there his and hers restrooms / showers? Is there anything I should know about them?

There has been mention of a "Conex", what is that, and what does that entail, how do I go about renting one?

Is there access to a common kitchen?

Will the CEF be offering any water options? What would the cost be, and who do I contact?

Is there any place on-site to purchase food, or is there a local market/grocery store near the field if I want to cook for myself?

I keep hearing of a DFAC (dining facility) with in the CEF? What is it? Will it be offered? How do I sign up?

Is there laundry services, or a local laundromat near the Field?

Do the vendors take credit card/debit or is cash the way to go?

Where can I find a field map?

When is a good time to buy from vendors? I have been hearing the end of the week is best, is this correct?

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What unit do I register with on the D-Day Adventure Park website?

Go here Event Brite - OkDDay 2017 and register for the Allied Regular Ticket, indicating “British CommonWealth” in your registration and purchase notes. If you know what unit within the CEF your enlisting (3rd Infantry, 6th Airborne, 41st Royal Marines) you should also note it in the purchase notes.

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I have registered now what?

If your on Facebook, find us here, also add this and this, as well. You must also fill out a CEF questionnaire form to inform the CEF of your pertinent details as you move forward, it helps us get organized for the D-Day week.

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How do I get in touch with my unit commander?

Contacting us directly on facebook is best. www.facebook.com/groups/112927855893/

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How should I plan for my financial institution before travelling to the USA?

Inform your financial institutions that you are expecting to make a trip to Missouri/Oklahoma and give them the dates. This makes sure they don't activate any anti-fraud measures (i.e. freezing your account) when unusual spending shows up. Make sure your debit card will work in American ATMs (you may need to change your PIN). Make sure there are no unreasonable limits on withdrawals. Few things suck as much as being at the biggest paintball event in the world and not being able to access funds.

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What is the average cost to attend D-day, with travel costs?

The overall cost to attend DDAY varies depending on how far away one is. But if you take just the registration, paint costs, local accommodation (camping or conex), and average grocery costs, it can result in less than 500 dollars. Even after transportation and a few extras like beverages or vendor merchandise, you can do the whole trip for under 700 dollars. Review cost breakdowns and judge your own trip accordingly. In addition to all the costs you would expect at a paintball event such as registration, travel, accommodations, and paint, you will also see a lot of opportunities at OK DDAY. These include joining in events such as a Full Auto Shoot, Small Tactics & Leadership Courses, Sniper Courses, Raffles, and more. It also includes a large vendor area with a great deal of new and unique products and great deals on things like pods, soft products and more. Finally, you'll have to consider things such as laundry, groceries, ice, firewood and other purchases you don't see at your typical game. Keep in mind that this is a week-long event. After you’re budgeting, ensure you have some cushion money or a credit card in case you need it.

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Do I need smoke or paint grenades?

It all depends on your playing style. If you like them, use them. Otherwise save your money for paint. They are available for sale in the vendors area, or from some individual teams and units at the games themselves.

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How much paint should I prepare to purchase? Do I grab all my paint at the beginning or is there a way to grab paint as needed?

It really depends on how you shoot and your play style. If you plan on playing any mini scenario games during the week, I would budget a case per mini scenario, and if D-day plans on having operation Sea lion again, plan for 2 cases. During the big game plan to shoot 2-6 cases depending on your play style and position in the unit. You do not need to grab all your cases at once, D-day issues paint tickets that are good for 1 bag of paint (500 rds) at a time. These paint tickets are redeemable at paint trucks in the dead zones and in the vendor area. You can get your paint whenever you please. It’s best to get it as close to game time as possible. The humidity does nasty things to paint. If you can please bring an extra $10-20 to give to the tank fund, as they need lots of paint to shoot to protect you as you advance with infantry forces.

You can now pre-pay for paintballs on event brite. 

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Should I get in shape?

OK DDAY will physically be the most difficult paintball game you have ever played in. The massive size of the field, extreme environmental factors, intense adrenaline rushes and more combine to really sap your energy. You must have some decent stamina in order to fare well at this event and you have to be in good shape (if not great) to even consider some of the special forces type units that will be moving rapidly around the field all day long.

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Are there any costs with joining the CEF?

No, there are no team dues with joining the CEF, but you will need to purchase a Maroon CEF T-shirt at least as uniform for on-field play. For 2016 the pre-order cost was $20.00 per shirt, and depending on your usage patterns, you may need more than one shirt. The maroon tops are instrumental in team identity, reconstitution on field, and formal parade requirements.

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When should I be on-site?

For D-Day, technically, you don't need to arrive until the Friday before the big game. However, you miss out on the majority of the fun that way! Commonwealth players are recommended to arrive as early as possible-we're generally the first people on-site, the first unit to be at or near full strength by the first few minigame and the first ready to go for any given situation. The only thing we're last at is going to bed every night (And generally the first up again in the morning!) Generally, our first people will arrive the Friday or Saturday before the D-Day week starts, sometimes even earlier. Most arrive on the Sunday or Monday before. For any other events, we generally try and arrive as early as possible as well. However, there are no rules regarding arrival time for any event beyond what the event itself enforces-work with your own schedule.

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I live in [Some place far away from the field]. How can the Commonwealth help me get there?

For D-Day, the Commonwealth runs four convoys - two from Ontario, one from Winnipeg, and at least one group from the American midwest. In addition, numerous smaller groups are coming from all over the globe, including a large group from the United Kingdom and another from Australia. For other events, we'll generally have people coming from any direction. If you need a ride, post on the forums - we'll get you squared away as best as possible. Get on our D-Day planning facebook page. Leave your request for a ride, we even have people doing airport runs. 

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The 1st Canadian Parachute Infantry is invite-only. How do I get an invite?

Due to a high return rate, the CAN PARA has moved to invite-only to ensure all of our returning players get first priority. Anybody who has played in the CAN PARA in previous years is automatically eligible. Once D-Day rolls around, we will shore up the ranks with anybody else who's interested in joining.

However, you will be eligible to join the 1 CAN PARA if you attend an officially sanctioned Commonwealth event before-hand. Sanctioned events are listed on the Events page. Essentially, a Commonwealth-sanctioned event is an event where fifteen Commonwealth players, including one Senior Officer, are (or plan to be) in attendance. If you are interested in joining the CAN PARA and plan on attending one of these events, let the organizing officer know in advance so you can meet up with them at the event.

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Do I have to be a citizen of an actual Commonwealth country to play with the Commonwealth?

No! In fact, one of our largest contingents, after the Canadian one, is the American contingent. We have players from nearly a dozen countries, and, in North America, have players from almost thirty American states and 5 Canadian provinces and territories. Anybody and everybody are welcome to play with the Commonwealth, as long as you don't mind being an 'Honorary Canuck/Brit/Aussie/ect' for the week.

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Are there any age restrictions to playing with the Commonwealth?

Since the Commonwealth is comprised of several different units, it depends. The Armour and Infantry units have no age restrictions, but the Airborne and Royal Marine Commandos require all players to be 15 years old by D-Day. Since the individual units only really come into play for D-Day, and those rules are D-Day's rules, they are standard. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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What do ranks mean? How the ranks work? How do I gain rank?

Ranks denote three things - experience playing with the Commonwealth, contributions to the unit, and individual responsibilities within that unit.

Strictly speaking, players of a higher rank have no real authority over one another. Even the command staff can't tell you what to do - and they won't try, either. While the Commonwealth engages in the 'simulation' aspect of OK D-Day (more than most other units), we also understand that it's not everybody's game and this is, above all, your vacation and relaxing experience. That said, on the field, players are encouraged to follow higher-ranking players for the simple fact that they know the game better. D-Day isn't like any other paintball game out there. Simply sallying forth and shooting everybody in front of you isn't how you win. Generally speaking, if a higher-ranking player wants you to do something, they have a good reason for it and aren't just trying to 'pull rank' for the hell of it.

Rank is gained in two ways - experience and contribution. Contribution will gain you rank faster than experience. Anyone can contribute in their own way - organizing local games and Commonwealth showings at scenarios, showing leadership initiative, and simply helping around camp, pulling a shift on guard duty, dish cleaning or supply runs, etc. etc

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Where/how do I learn about the different units?

Click to learn about the different CEF units.

13th/18th Royal Dragoons

13th/18th Royal Hussars

East Yorkshire Regiment

41 Royal Marines Commando

Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Canadian Scottish Infantry

9th British Parachute Infantry Regiment

1st Canadian Parachute Infantry Battalion

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Should I bring sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen?

The sun is very intense. Cover up or suffer the consequences.

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Should I plan for shade?

If you are camping, be aware that the majority of the camping area has little or no shade available. Consider bringing an awning, tarps, umbrellas or some other way to keep your campsite out of the sun.

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Should I pack conservatively?

Counterintuitive as this is and as tempting as it is to pack everything and the kitchen sink, pack smart. Assuming you have at least one reliable mechanical marker, you don't need every marker and hopper you own. Assuming you have transport into town, there is a laundromat 45 minutes from the field. Check if your individual unit has a common kitchen and/or camp tools.

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Should I bring a camera?

You are going to see things you will never be able to describe or make people believe. Even if you never get a single picture of the action, you can take photos of the field, the camp area, the parade, the vendors, your buddies and much, much more.

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How about boots?

The size and terrain of the field are extreme. It is 800+ acres of hilly, rocky terrain with underbrush and weeds and more. You need a high quality boot with good ankle support. Waterproof or water resistant is good, but your feet need to be able to breathe. Do NOT expect to wear in a brand new pair of boots at the event!

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Should I bring extra shoes?

You are going to be doing a lot of walking and the terrain is rough and the ground is often muddy. Shower shoes are a very good idea as the showers can get a bit nasty, so bring a cheap pair of flip flops or sandals just for showering in.

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Should I bring extra socks?

Try to keep your feet dry by changing socks often. A good pair of hiking socks is a good investment. Either way I would suggest packing some moleskin. it will help keep the blisters at bay. Link

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Do I really need knee pads?

Besides carrying water with you on the field, knee pads are a must. D-day has VERY sharp rocks. In past events, injuries have been sustained on the part of CEF players due to a lack of padding, or lack of respect to the sharp rocks that “bite like snakes”.

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Should I consider padding?

As previously mentioned, the terrain can be unforgiving. As well, you may be in situations where you will take a lot more paintball fire than you are used to. Consider items such as kneepads, elbow pads, gloves, slider shorts, under-armour even if you normally don't bother with them. Additionally, this all causes lots of chafing with the hot sweaty conditions, so baby powder is a must to avoid skin chafing and burning.

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Should I bring something to write on and with?

You will often be called upon to take notes or have opportunities for lessons learned. You might also need to write down directions, names, phone numbers, and who knows what else.

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Should I take my I-pod, CDs or whatever?

Radio station selection appears to get very limited the further south you get and the further from major centers. Unless you like Country Music, Gospel, or Conservative Talk Radio you need an alternative source of musical entertainment.

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Should I get a Rubbermaid to put it all in?

Consider getting a Rubbermaid or other waterproof container with a lid for all of your gear. This not only keeps everything organized, it can keep it dry even when your tent floor is flooded.

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What type of insect repellant should I bring?

100% deet or as close to it as possible. Remember to spray the product on your boots, ankles and pant bottoms so as to dissuade ticks or chiggers from climbing into your socks.

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Paintball Marker (gun)

Setting yourself up with a reliable marker will help you enjoy all your time on the field, check your gear before you leave home, and replace what needs to be, don’t just make due!

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Should I consider taking a mechanical marker?

Due to all of the environmental conditions present at Oklahoma D-Day, electronic markers can sometimes experience difficulties. Mechanical markers just seem to do better here. Even if you are adamant that your electro marker can tough it out, consider having a mechanical marker as a backup. In a pinch, you may also be able to borrow one from a teammate.

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What type of pants should I wear while playing? Are paintball pants a good choice? Where can I order DPM pants?

It can be rather hot at D-day, and while paintball pants are functional, they are not your best option. A good pair of military issued pants will hold up to the weather and for the most part the terrain. In the CEF we use DPM or Cadpat depending on your unit. You can order DPM pants thru Majic in the CEF, his prices cannot be beat. Pre-order if you can, limited stock is available on hand at D-Day, and they tend to go rather quickly.

Example of DPM: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brtish_dpm.jpg
Example of CADPAT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CadPatTW.jpg

For more on uniforms, see Rules and Regulations on the CEF Forum: http://ddaycommonwealth.com/index.php?option=com_jfusion&Itemid=2&jfile=viewforum.php&f=12

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Which would be better for playing, Full vest or harness?

It's up to you; it is VERY hot, especially in full kit. Whatever you decide you will NEED to make sure you carry at a min of 2L+ of water on you and a hearty snack. Whether you go with a harness/pod pack or a full vest, ensure your functional requirements are met and that you are packing as light as possible for those long slogs through Oklahoma foothills and ravines under fire.

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Should I consider a tactical vest?

You will generally be carrying a lot more than your average game. A water bladder, remote air, tons of paint, maps, radios, food, tools, towels, squeegees, and much, much more all have to go someplace. A tactical vest not only helps you have a spot for everything, it better distributes the weight to allow you to carry more for longer periods.

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What type of radio do I need?

We use the Trisquare radio's, you can find a cheap pair at Wal-Mart for around $70. Its not a requirement but does help. Link to pdf Link to Walmart

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What is the CEF uniform?

The top part of the uniform is to be a maroon shirt, jersey or other maroon garment from within a unit of the CEF. For bottoms, you will need CADPAT trousers if you are in a Canadian unit, and DPM if you are in a British unit, or a kilt if you’re with the Canadian Scottish Regiment.

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Where can I pick up the cool looking maroon CEF T-shirts? Will you guys have some for sale at D-day?

Contact Sir Ray at D-day, but he will have very limited sizes and qty at the field. Its best to pre- order them ahead of time. If you can, order enough shirts for (1) per day, as you will be sweating a lot, and you will need to be wearing one every day for morning formation, around camp and on the field.

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If I need the CEF uniform, how many sets would be recommended for the week?

Depends on how clean you want your shirts. Just be sure to wear maroon around camp and maroon on the field of battle. 2-4 shirts is fine, and can be interchangeable with your individual unit maroon garments or with overall CEF jerseys. *CEF Merchandise/Equipment Pre-order Note: All pre-orders will not be shipped to you; they will be given to you on-site. This is to avoid any OPSEC problems. This won't change in the foreseeable future. And it helps keep the cost down for you, and its one less thing for you to forget to pack. Contact Sir Ray @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all pre-order submissions or information. Except where noted.*

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Where can I purchase the Commonwealth Expeditionary Force jersey?

Link to Jersey: $80 PayPal included in 2016

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What are the "Dress uniforms" for the parade and special events (tea party)?

See forum here for regulations and images.
All the uniforms are also decked out with the appropriate cap badges, unit identifiers and patches and berets.

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Where can I purchase the CEF stickers/can cozies/cups/other merchandise?

All merchandise can be available from Sir Ray. There are also a variety of home made products like bracelets and key chains made by individual players.

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How do uniforms work? What is the official uniform? Can I wear a replica uniform?

The Commonwealth's biggest strength is our unit cohesion, and the most important facet to our cohesion is our uniform. It allows you to immediately identify other Commonwealth players on the field. It allows us to build mass on the field, and because of the reputation we've developed over the years, is an important symbol of leadership.

The official field uniform consists of a Commonwealth t-shirt (Some units offer unit-specific shirts and jerseys as well-these are also acceptable), and either Canadian CADPAT or British DPM pants. The extended uniform consists of a matching jacket, appropriately-coloured beret with badge and the appropriate unit and rank patches. More details on these items can be found in the unit pages.

The uniform is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. WWII replica uniforms are acceptable, however they're generally not recommended. DDay is long, hot, and humid, and a cotton jacket and pants, plus all the extraneous web gear, in addition to your usual paintball kit, can get very uncomfortable, very fast. That said, you are welcome to wear one but at the very least, test the setup in a minigame first.

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What does "HYDRATE" mean?

(3 Liters) Water, 24oz Gatorade and (1) bananas are a must every day at D-day. If someone in camp yells "HYDRATE" you take a drink of water right away. Oklahoma DDAY sees hundreds of heat casualties annually, and we want to reduce this prepare our players for this eventuality. When you are out on the field, please also remember to pack hearty snacks and top off your camel pack.

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Do I need to carry water? What would be the best option to carry it?

YES, some sort of hydration bladder (2-4L) would be best. For longer games, ensure you have a gallon jug of water to sip on while walking out to the staging area. Sometimes, games won’t start for an hour or two after you’ve geared up. Try to keep your camelback contents for later, and drink the bottled water first. This isn't even an option. The heat and humidity in Oklahoma in June are extreme, to say the least. Mini-scenarios are 3 hours long and the main game is 8 hours. It can potentially be a 15-20 minute walk to the nearest dead-zone. Every single year, a large number of players suffer heat-related injuries. A camelback is the only realistic option for hydration on the field. It is even recommended that you get a secondary self-contained backpack type so that you can wear it around camp and when walking the vendor area and the like without having to wear your tac-vest.

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Is there any electricity at the CEF campground; I would just need some for charging my phone/radio? Is there a fee?

Yes there is electricity, if you are renting space in a conex, it’s included in your rental fee. Otherwise contact Snipes at the field to arrange payment for electricity usage. Price in 2011 was $20 a day. Do not try and pay for power in the CW corner when you are registering. The Power to the pole is ONLY handled by Snipes in the CEF. PAY ON SITE ONLY.

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How secure is things around camp, is it safe to leave your gear in your tents, or should it be locked up in the car?

Camp security is a bonus of the CEF, we take things seriously and if your not CEF you get asked to leave if you haven't been invited or if your not there on social matters. But to be on the safe side, leave things hidden away and not out in the open if you are not going to be by your gear.

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Should I be prepared for extreme weather?

Oklahoma in June is home to a very volatile environment. High heat and humidity are the norm. However, extreme storms with very high winds and torrential rain storms can move in very quickly. Tornado warnings are not uncommon. This means having suitable clothing for different conditions, having a very sturdy tent, having an escape plan and more.

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I have been hearing that the water at D-Day is not suitable to drink, any truth to this?

The water comes from well water, and has high sulphur content. You can drink it and it will have a weird taste to it. Everyone who attends DDAY makes sure to stock up on water in gallon jugs or individual bottles at the Wal-Mart in Neosho MO.

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Port-a-Potty's are they cleaned often at D-day?

The port-a-potties are pumped daily, so they're not too bad. They are located around the camping areas and on the field.

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Are there his and hers restrooms / showers? Is there anything I should know about them?

Yes, there are his/her restrooms/showers. The CEF camp is located close to the newest shower house with flushable toilets. Each stall is private, but hot water is not always guaranteed. Make sure you bring flip- flops to shower in as the floor is quite dirty. Also the water is well water and will have a high sulfur content, makes it rather smelly, but it does help keep those bugs away. The CEF has 2 outdoor showers on site as well. 

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There has been mention of a "Conex", what is that, and what does that entail, how do I go about renting one?

The conex is a steel shipping container, rented or purchased for use as a furnished accommodation. (2011 prices) The rent is $20 per person per night, with a four night minimum. It affords you a weatherproof shelter with lights, electricity, AC and a 24" bunk. You provide the mattress and bedding. You will need to pre-order thru Sir Ray, there is limited availability so order early. If you wish to purchase your own conex for permanent storage and accommodation year round, contact Sir Ray. They are available for a substantial price increase.

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Is there access to a common kitchen?

(No DFAC in 2017!!!) The CEF has DFAC supplies like barbecue, utensils and wash basins but this is primarily for the DFAC use and the High Tea kitchen use, and not for general usage. If every individual soldier had access to the DFAC supplies, they would most likely be harder to organize and clean. Instead, enjoy the communal DFAC program and buy into the daily meals, which are delivered to your camp each evening for a great price! If you need access to common kitchen supplies for a case-specific reason, please contact CEF administration to request usage for this purpose.

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Will the CEF be offering any water options? What would the cost be, and who do I contact?

YES! 2017 we have the water option again.. Please get on the CEF Facebook group page and get your order in. $5 for a 5 Gallon jug. 

They will be delivered on site. You can purchase a five gallon water pump thru Wal-Mart/eBay/amazon if you plan ahead of time, or get a water cooler and remove the lid, they sometimes work well too. 

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Is there any place on-site to purchase food, or is there a local market/grocery store near the field if I want to cook for myself?

2017, No updates have been made (as of Feb 2017), who will be on-site for food vendors. But there is the Casino Buffet. As for a local market there is Wal-Mart nearby in Neosho, MO. Joplin and Seneca are nearby towns with smaller grocery stores as well.

In the past, the Commonwealth organizes a meal plan which is very affordable and covers your suppers for the week. There is also the D-Day Cafe which offers meals on an individual basis and also offers a meal plan (pre-order only at the ddayadventurepark.com e-store). There is also Phil's grill that offers lunch and dinner options. 

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I keep hearing of a DFAC (dining facility) with in the CEF? What is it? Will it be offered? How do I sign up?

2017 - No DFAC

The Commonwealth organizes a meal plan which usually runs from the first Sunday night to Saturday night for supper after the big game. The cost varies from year to year but is usually very affordable and cost efficient, as well as keeping you from the hassle of having to walk to the vendors. Information will be added once it becomes available.

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Is there laundry services, or a local laundromat near the Field?

There are no laundry services on site, there should be Laundromats in Neosho and Seneca, but most prefer to simply pack enough clothing to last a full week. Another option if you’re out of underwear is just to buy a new pack at Wal-Mart for cheap, instead of the hassle of washing, drying and transporting laundry back to the field.

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Do the vendors take credit card/debit or is cash the way to go?

Cash is KING, some vendors do take credit cards, but most do not. An ATM machine is available on site, though it can and does run out of cash. ATM machines are available in nearby towns. Most of the biggest names in paintball will be there. The big vendors most likely will be able to take cards. Smaller vendors are least likely, so cash is always good to have on hand. Best bet is to leave your home with enough cash to cover gas, food, and paint, and have a backup credit card for extra purchases in town (where credit card is certainly accepted).

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Where can I find a field map?

They will be provided at the event in the newspaper that is handed out at registration. Pack a Ziploc bag or clear packaging tape, so you can cut out your map and protect it from paint/rain.

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When is a good time to buy from vendors? I have been hearing the end of the week is best, is this correct?

Really any time, as they have some great prices, make sure you look around at the vendors and compare prices before purchasing from them. One vendor over may even have cheaper prices then the other. Get all your need items at the beginning, and then at the end of the week purchase all those wanted items. Remember to stock up on stuff that wears out on an annual basis like gloves/pads, as you will save money in the long run even if it’s not needed in the next few months. Shopping for your annual gear at the vendor booths saves money over the long term.

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