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Chart Corrections to Bring to Nautical Science

(Academics, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Kukich Photo This first video blog is about Fundamentals of Navigation, a series of courses I did not realize were part of the yearly Academy curriculum until becoming a cadet. Every cadet takes these classes and it is one of the most applicable courses for our careers. Nautical Science has been one of my favorite lectures and labs so far  the instructors are very engaging and always available for extra guidance.

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Carry On! The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Stowes Photo At long last, the fourth class has passed boards! It has taken nearly seven weeks, but we’ve done it. Getting carry on is the second most significant part of our young Coast Guard careers, behind taking the oath on Reporting-In day. Receiving full carry on is like the grand finale to fourth class year. We’ve worked so hard mentally, physically, and emotionally to get to this point, and it has paid off. Now we have a short two weeks until we get to go on our summer assignments in the fleet.


Carry on changes everything for fourth class. We feel more like human beings now. We don’t have to be braced up in the hallways, meaning that no more walking in the middle with eyes in the boat, fingers curled, and greeting everyone. We can just walk normally and talk to whomever we want. At meals, we no longer have to square. We can look at our food! And we can talk to other fourth class. When going to class, we no longer have to march in section and be silent. Now, we can go to class using all the short cuts we were forbidden from previously, and we can talk to each other as we do it. On the computer, we can use social media again, watch YouTube videos, and play whatever games we please.


It is hard to describe how satisfying all of these privileges are when most people have never gone without them, but it is amazing.


Carry on is awesome, but it doesn’t mean we’re no longer fourth class. Unfortunately we still have to take out the trash, clean, and announce formation at clocks every morning and afternoon. In addition, Carry on is a privilege that can be taken away at any time. We have to be responsible and respectful or we can lose carry on and have to go back to being braced up. That would be very awful.


If you have any questions, feel free to email me any time.


I look forward to corresponding with you. Stay tuned for a blog on summer assignments!


More about Hunter.


Exciting April

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Just for Fun, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Cantrell Photo We are getting so close to the end of the semester and its very exciting, but very stressful. There is so much for everyone to do aside from schoolwork that it gets overwhelming. We are all working on qualifications for next year and a lot of things are due in the next three weeks. School is picking up and it’s a race to the finish. The third class found out there cadre assignments, which makes second class summer seem so real. It’s crazy to think that we have almost made it; I can remember this time two years ago being so nervous for this summer and having so many questions. I will be a waterfront cadre, which means I will be down with the swabs teaching them how to sail. I am really happy I got waterfront cadre and think it’s the perfect fit for me. I can’t wait to be involved in developing the newest members of the cadet corps and indoctrinating them into life in the military.


April is an exciting month and the morale is high. Next weekend I am going down to Georgia to see my best friend, but I need to focus this week so I don’t get overwhelmed. Third class formal is also this weekend and it will be really fun for my classmates because they bring dates and it’s always nice to have a social event with all of your good friends.


Exams will be at the beginning of May and then we will all depart for the summer and the first class will become ensigns. This year has gone by so fast and I know this month will fly by. It’s been a great year and I love the Academy more and more everyday. This summer will continue to develop me into a leader while I have the opportunity to lead the swabs.


Congratulations to the class of 2017 for their appointments; you should all be very proud of yourselves because it is a tough school to get into. As you go into Swab Summer remember the reason you wanted to come. It is easy to forget why you chose the United States Coast Guard Academy, but the light at the end of the tunnel will appear and you will be happy you stuck through it.


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Restored Shore

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Rossi Photo For those that have been following me, know that I am from the little town of Ship Bottom on Long Beach Island on the coastline of New Jersey. Despite what is depicted on MTV’s show the “Jersey Shore,” the town I live in is nothing similar to the show. Ship Bottom is one of a few small towns on our 18-mile island and probably has about 500 residents in the winter months but a few thousand in the summer. The beautiful Island, along with the rest of New Jersey and New York had been due for the “Fifty Year Storm,” and it just so happened to come this past October. Unfortunately, my family was directly impacted by Hurricane Sandy and had to be away from home for five months. Luckily, my loving Uncle opened up his home to us and let us stay with him while the house was being rebuilt. Fortunately, I was able to stay with my family in our house over Easter weekend. Although everything was not finished, it still felt nice to be in my home with everyone.


Despite the delay in returning home my family, with support from our friends and relatives, were able to overcome. I’d like to especially like to thank my Uncle Matt, my best friends Bobby and Brian along with their families for opening their homes to me over winter leave, and lastly my close friends at the Academy (you guys know you who you are) for being my support, I could not have made it through with out you all.


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