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cadet blogs

The Best Break

(Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo In July I went home! Probably the best break that I’ve had in a long time. After winter leave I had some regrets so I really wanted to take advantage of hanging out with the people that I still keep in touch with. You’ll be surprised that when you get your Facebook taken away for all of freshman year that only you’re true friends will actually go out of their way to find other ways to communicate. I kept in touch with only six people give or take a few. Anyways, I really wanted to take this break to spend time with people, as I said, and just sit back and do nothing because when you’re at the Academy there isn’t a moment where you just chill out. Even on the weekends you’re either doing homework or trying to get away and have a semi-real life. So I did what I set out to accomplish, which is a bit more difficult that it seems to be. I don’t think I could have had a better time on break. That’s all.


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All That The Enlisted Do

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo During June I was at Station Ponce de Leon, which happened to be a better experience than Eagle. Looking back at it station life it was really fun. I was about a five-minute walk from the beach and got liberty 4-5 days a week, and while I was at the station I learned a lot not only about the Coast Guard but about the enlisted workforce as well. A lot of the work that the enlisted do goes unnoticed by the public, which is partly why I’m writing about it now. Although we were only there for five weeks, they taught us all they could in that time period while maintaining their course of work. Honestly, the amount of work they do and the great experience I had cannot be described with words, but only by experiencing it. So, sorry for being so vague but all I can say is that I had a great, no, an amazing experience which I wouldn’t have given up for anything.


Just some shout outs to Master Chief Jensen, MK3 Vandeven, and SN Davern, and the rest of the crew at Station Ponce as they were the ones that taught me the most and made my experience worthwhile. That’s all.


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Different Challenges, Different Endgame

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2014) Permanent link
Rudy Photo When I returned from leave, we had a week of preparations and then the swabs arrived. We were all very excited, but also a little nervous. R-Day went extremely well I was nervous that I would have trouble keeping a serious face, while correcting swabs and yelling at them, however the role came naturally and the next two weeks of Swab Summer was exhausting but went by extremely fast. It was a lot of work, and I was getting sick from a nasty cold and just exhausted. I never thought being a cadre could be harder than being a swab, but it was, the challenges were just different.


My next week of training was the aviation training program which was extremely enjoyable. We had a lot of free time and were able to sleep and recover from the craziness of Swab Summer, and eat lots of good food. I also loved the helo hoist, where a rescue swimmer came and picked us up into a helicopter and we were given a lollipop at the top.


The next two weeks, I was involved in the coastal sail training program on the brand new Leadership 44s. This was probably one of the most challenging and beneficial experiences I have ever had at the Academy. I learned a lot about both myself and working with peers. It was challenging at times to agree and be on the same page with my classmates, as eight of us were crammed onto the small boat for two weeks straight. We got really close but at the same time, we got tired of each other.


The last week of training consisted of T-boats which was where we learned how to do man overboard drills, dock and leave the pier. We also got to try the simulators, it was a fun, relaxing week.


The summer finally ended with our last week of Swab Summer. I couldn’t believe that the summer flew by so fast. Swab Summer ended a bit early because of a rainstorm, which was a huge bummer but I was ready to have a break from the yelling and high intensity of everything and I think the swabs we trained are definitely ready for the school year, and I was so proud to have trained them, it felt like they were my kids all grown up!


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