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Proud American

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Ellis Photo Ask anyone here and they will tell you that yes, the Academy is challenging. The fourth class here, including myself, have been working hard since last June. Whether we were running everywhere during Swab Summer, figuring out how classes are run here, studying for Boards, and taking the trash out, we have been on the move for almost a year. To be honest, we are tired. Tired of doing all these things and stand at the bottom of the food chain. We are almost done with our first year and we are excited about summer because it will be our first real opportunity at spending time in the operational Coast Guard. And with this excitement and boredom of our duties here at the Academy, I think we have all forgotten why we are here; I know I did – until recently.


After the tragic event that has recently occurred in Boston, I took the time to remember why exactly I came to the Academy. It reminded me that I came here to protect the people of the United States. I want to make a change in the world. I am sure that most of my shipmates feel the same that I do. We all joined the Coast Guard to make a difference and to protect the United States.


This time a few years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted in life. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a doctor, or a lawyer or possibly a teacher. The hardest decision in my life up to this point was choosing the Academy. It took a while to convince myself that I wanted to be a cadet. But once I realized the opportunities I would have to help others, I knew I had to come here. Now that I am at the Academy, I am proud to say I go here and that I am a member of the United States Coast Guard. Even more importantly I am proud to be an American. Each and every time I hear the Star Spangled Banner, chills run through my body, I want nothing more than to protect the people of America. I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman.


More about Kayla.


One Giant Leap for the Class of 2016, One Small Step Back for Some

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Corcoran Photo The sun is shining, short-sleeved tropical blue uniforms and operational dress uniforms with sleeves rolled up are breaking out, flowers are blooming, and all due to one simple fact…the class of 2016 finally received carry on! Okay, so spring might have had something to do with most of that, but that’s beside the point. The Academy has never seemed like a brighter place before April 15, 2013 at approximately 12:20 in the afternoon. That is when it was announced at lunch: the fourth class finally can talk to their friends in the passageways, walk normally to class, eat like human beings, and most importantly – use social media networking legally again.


I stress the word legally because while this week was definitely a huge milestone to our class, we also had a huge setback as well. This setback is all due to the popular social networking application, Instagram, which allows users to post photos and to comment on and like their friend’s photos. The setback occurred on the Friday preceding carry on when a guidon, the 2/c in charge of training the 4/c, found a member of my class’s Instagram account. Of course, she was not the only one who had one; I would say at least one-third of our class did. As soon as everyone found out she had gotten caught, we all quickly deleted ours hoping to avoid any further consequences. However, later that weekend, everyone was asked to admit if they posted to Instagram, so everyone who had one, whether they deleted it or not, admitted it. As our consequence, every fourth class who had the popular social networking application received a Class II offense which included 15 demerits, 1 marching tour, and 2 working hours. Needless to say, the sixty of us at Restricted Cadet Formation, held at 1930 and 2200 on weekdays and 1300, 1600, 1930, and 2200 on weekends, looked kind of silly.


The punishment we received was very fair, considering our Fourth Class Expectation Packet had clearly indicated we were not to use any social networking sites. However, it was definitely a downer on my weekend considering it was my birthday on Saturday. Nonetheless, my mom still came to visit me and brought me cake in the shape of a Juicy Couture purse, and she brought me food from the real world since I couldn’t leave the Academy. Not to mention, my friends decorated my room with pink balloons and a birthday banner. I suppose I had the best birthday a restricted cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy could have.


With all of this said, I must stress to follow all of the rules given to you at the Academy. They are here for a reason – to help you. If anyone has any questions, feel free to email me! 


More about Samantha.