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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