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New Semester, More Responsibility

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo Happy New Year, CGA blog readers! I hope you all had a great time celebrating the arrival of 2015, because I certainly did. I hope 2015 will be the best year yet. For me, it means in just a year and a few months, I will be graduating this fine institution. I am incredibly excited to get going this semester. Usually I am apprehensive coming back from leave or summer, but this semester I was excited to come back.

 

The week we come back from winter leave is called the Midyear Administrative Processing week (MAP week for short). We all get new roommates and move everything we own into new rooms. Usually, MAP week is pretty relaxed. We have all sorts of trainings to go to, but without the pressure of academics, MAP week is a breeze. For me, this MAP week has been very busy. In addition to all the trainings and the fitness test, I have a lot of extra responsibility this semester because I will be a guidon.

 

A guidon is the lead second class in each company. We are expected to be the standard for military excellence, and our primary responsibility is to train and supervise the fourth class for the whole semester. As a guidon, I have a lot of responsibility, but I also have a lot of flexibility to do what I want to train the fourth class in the most effective manner. I have wanted to be a guidon since I was a fourth class because I have always endeavored to better myself and to pursue leadership opportunities. As a leader, I take my responsibility very seriously, and I approach every opportunity to lead with an open mind to change. I take great care to ensure that I balance the demands I place on my subordinates. The mission, to effectively train the fourth class, must be balanced with taking care of them as people. Guidons can be known for making the fourth class’ lives much more difficult, but I strive to make their lives more enjoyable. I plan to motive them to do their jobs because they see the value in doing it for themselves. I will use every tool I have to motivate them, but I plan to use rewards and recognition of good performance as the primary tools to encourage them to be the best that they can be.

 

Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for me to tell you everything I have to as a guidon. However, if you are the parent of a fourth class, or if you know one, I can assure you that I will take good care of them. I have put in hours of work every night this week to organize and think up ideas to train these cadets. All of the guidons here care about the fourth class, and we are working hard to transform them into better cadets, people, and future officers.

 

If you want to know more about MAP week and the trainings, or about what I am asked to do as guidon, please feel free to email me anytime at Hunter.D.Stowes@uscga.edu. Happy New Year! Go 2015! I hope to hear from you soon.

 

More about Hunter.

 

The Importance of Shipmates

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Fruhwirth Photo Winter leave. Possibly the greatest two words I have ever heard. First semester finished, finals completed, and halfway through one of the most challenging years of my life. Two weeks to finally go home, reconnect with my family and high school friends, and momentarily forget about all the stressors the Academy brings. Coming back was definitely one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I wanted more than anything to sign those drop papers and join my friends at a civilian school, having fun for the next four years and living a somewhat carefree life. This past week has been difficult, no longer home with my friends and back to waking up every morning before the sun. I wouldn’t be able to be doing this if it weren’t for my shipmates. The greatest part of this school is the bond you make with everyone here. We pick each other up, we have each other’s back, we look out for everyone—we’re a team. My shipmates have made me laugh and reminded me to keep a positive attitude and focus on all of the great things coming to us at the end of this semester—such as boards (carry-on!!!) and our summer trainings. Though it is difficult right now and might get worse before it gets better, the important part is that it will get better and I know I will always have people in my corner cheering me on regardless of the circumstances.

 

More about Ainsley.