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Kekoa Photo I’m not sure what it feels like to be hit with Mjolnir, Thor’s war hammer, but if I had to take a guess, I’d say it feels like something similar to what us freshmen are feeling now.


The first semester, for the most part, was still a transition phase for the fourth class into the corps of cadets. All we had to worry about was staying on top of our academics, sports, extracurricular activities, military obligations, and remaining sane; the latter being most difficult. However, this semester, on top of the previously mentioned, freshmen are preparing for a test to earn our place among the ranks of the upper class. This test is known as “Boards.”


The dreaded B-word is an indoctrination test, consisting of 10 questions, 8 of which must be answered correctly. The questions are drawn from any and all required Coast Guard or military-related knowledge, so studying adequately is crucial. A board of upper class cadets will test you and the 3/C (sophomores) will serve as your guides during this process.


As a class, certain privileges will be given if boards are passed. Simple things such as looking at our food or relaxing in the hallway are at stake so there is added pressure that we all pass this beast the first time.


It is almost time for summer and as Jets linebacker, Bart Scott, once said, “Can’t Wait!”




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