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(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Alexander Lloyd With nearly five months of service as a fourth class cadet at the Academy and a positive outlook for my career ahead as a cadet as well as a Coast Guard officer, I hope to provide insight to you or anyone considering applying or coming to the Academy. I have seen firsthand that the Coast Guard Academy is not for everyone, but I hope my words as a cadet journalist can benefit your decision-making process as this program did for me. Having once questioned my decision to attend the Academy, I feel that I have been in your shoes as a prospective cadet. I can honestly say that I have no regrets in my decision. In the short time I have been here, I have been pushed mentally and physically beyond what I thought I was capable of. I spent four days at sea on America’s largest tall ship, the USCGC Eagle, drilled in front of the Commandant of the Coast Guard, been instructed by a former astronaut, and selected to march in the Presidential Inauguration in January among many other things. I hope you follow my journey here as a cadet, and I hope I can be of value in making your decision to apply to the Academy.

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