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Beyond 3/c Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Roddy Photo My last blog detailed my adventures in the operational Coast Guard at Station New York and onboard the Barque Eagle, so it only seems fit to continue with a discussion of 3/c year and of 2/c summer. Coming back to the Academy after summer leave as a 3/c was surreal. After one whole year of doing 4/c duties, it was so alien to see other 4/c doing clocks, squaring corners and taking out trash. You never appreciate how nice it is to have social media, be able to walk and talk normally in the hallway, and to look at your food until you have gone for a year without doing any of it. Being a 3/c was an awesome feeling.


Once the school year started, I found it wasn’t just in Chase Hall that life got better after 4/c year. For the first time, I could actually take classes within my major, and while the workload certainly didn’t lighten up, it became work I really enjoyed. Morals and Ethics, Principles of American Government and Comparative Politics replaced Calculus and Engineering in my schedule, and life become much more fun! The most important takeaway I have gotten from 3/c year was that life really does get better after 4/c year; you just have to be prepared to endure it.


After 3/c year came 2/c summer, which was so busy I could barely keep track of what I was doing. It started with 100th Week, where Cape May company commanders came in to send us back to Swab Summer for a week. It was one sweaty week of physical training, team building, uniform inspections and drill, but it gave us valuable experience into the skills and mentality needed to train the incoming swabs. After that, came a closed book navigation exam, pistol marksmanship courses, T-boat handling, and the Coastal Sail Training Program. Coastal sail was awesome – two weeks of sailing around New England with five other cadets. It was a blast and I got to see parts of the region I’d never had before, such as Nantucket! The highlight of the summer though was my experience as AIM cadre. As AIM cadre, I gave three groups of rising high school seniors a weeklong introduction to Swab Summer and the Academy. AIM was a challenging program, and not everyone stuck through it all, but those that did called the program rewarding and motivating! It felt good to know I was having an impact on so many young lives.


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