It’s the middle of June and I have already been on board a 270-foot cutter for a month now. As a 1/c cadet, during the summer on board a cutter, you are expected to act like a junior officer. The first week onboard we were in port making preparations for going out to sea. The Cadet Training Department at the Academy issues booklets that are used to track a cadet’s progress. They test your knowledge on the bridge, in the engine room, regarding law enforcement and fire fighting.
Our first port call was New York City during Memorial Day weekend and Fleet Week. On our way into the harbor, we paid our respects to the 9/11 memorial, which was an honor. We also passed right by the Statue of Liberty, which was cool. NYC was very inviting to the military that whole week because certain dining and entertainment establishments had discounts for military. After we left NYC, we head out to the Atlantic where we engaged in law enforcement boardings.
Being out at sea is very relaxing because you are away from civilization. However, it is hard for some people to give up using their phones, Twitter or Facebook, but I find it quite calming. Then, when you are up in the bridge you can see many miles and also see whales or dolphins every day.
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