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3/c Year, Arriving

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link   All Posts
Miller Photo Tomorrow at the Academy, the swabs will be starting Sea Trials. In contrast, I’ll be going to the beach and Six Flags with a friend. It’s so weird to think that everything I did last year under the supervision of the 3/c will be done by the class below me. One of the hardest parts for me personally will be being called “ma’am” by 2017, especially since some will most likely be older than me.


But a few good parts:
1. No longer being required to clean Chase Hall for formal room and wing inspections. I’ll probably end up helping, but it will be nice not being forced to clean.
2. No longer having to take out the trash of the upper-class.
3. No longer having to do clocks (for those of you who don’t know, clocks are when 4/c announce that there are ten minutes, seven minutes, six minutes, etc. to go until formation).
4. No more squaring meals.
5. No more eyes in the boat.


While most colleges don’t require their freshman to do any of those, at the Academy all freshmen have to do all that. While none of them are fun to do it when you’re a 4/c, all classes at one point had to do them.


In other news, I will be spending the first two weeks at the Academy restricted, which means I can’t leave campus. This is because I broke one of the Academy rules over the summer. The biggest reason I put this on the blog is to highlight the fact that Academy rules are taken seriously and need to be followed. This is something that a lot of people don’t understand until they get caught breaking one. It is also an example one of the differences that separates the Academy from other colleges.


As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at!



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