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Spring Has Sprung

(Academics, Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Hosley Photo Hello again everyone and happy springtime finally! Or so it seems because this New England weather can get pretty crazy… For us, at least, we know that time has come because we have finally transitioned to everyone’s favorite short sleeve uniform, tropical blues or “trops” as we call them. The beginning of trops season is a very busy time of year. The Class of 2016 is looking forward to graduation, 2019 and 2017 are ramping up for their summer assignments, and lastly, 2018, the best class of all, is training to be cadre this upcoming summer for the Class of 2020. It’s hard to believe that I will be a cadre in a few months when it feels like I was just a swab! I am waterfront cadre this summer, which means I will be teaching the incoming swabs how to sail; I couldn’t be more excited.

 

Additionally, I have been making a ton of progress on my directed study work with marine mammals for my marine science major. In fact, just yesterday a few other cadets and I, along with our academic advisor, drove out to Cape Cod to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for training on how to acoustically identify whale calls that are picked up by a specialized buoy off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. With this new training under our belts, the three of us are working with one of the world’s foremost ocean acousticians, at one of the best oceanographic institutes in the world, to assess the presence of whales in the area; information we will provide to the Coast Guard, Navy, NOAA, and all merchant mariners. How cool is that?! The Coast Guard Academy has offered me some incredible opportunities to pursue my passion thus far and with summer right around the corner, I can’t wait to see what will come next!

 

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Academy Traditions

(Just for Fun, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2019) Permanent link
Friedman PhotoOne thing that helps me get through my time at the Academy is the traditions we have here. There are many, and when I try to explain them to my friends, I usually tell them if they want to know they have to call me. Trying to explain it in a text message just isn’t going to work, but I’ll try to put some into words for this blog.

 

Hiding the Chain – On campus, there are massive links to a chain that was originally drawn across the Hudson River during the Revolutionary War, and this chain isn’t a little necklace; it was used to sink ships. During Homecoming Week, it’s a tradition that the 4/c hide the chain 24 hours before the Homecoming game and the 2/c have to find it. If the 2/c doesn’t find it by the start of the game, the 4/c have to get the chain to the 50 yard line in order to earn a week of modified carry-on. I mentioned the weight earlier because I was one of the 4/c that got up at 2 a.m. to drag the chain across campus and hide it. It was a long night and even longer day the next morning but the memories are worth it. 

 

100th Day/101st Night – 100th Day is when 4/c and 2/c trade places, but in order to do this, 4/c must earn the shoulder boards of a 2/c they select. To earn shoulder boards the week leading up to 101st night is filled with spirit mission where people’s rooms end up covered in toilet paper, in the shark tank, and sometimes people’s uniforms go missing or get swapped out with something else. This leads up to 101st night where the 4/c go back to being swabs and the 2/c go back to being cadre for a few hours. Once this is over 2/c and 4/c trade shoulder boards and 4/c get to carry on for a day.

 

Class Crest – Every class at the Academy designs a crest. This crest represents your class, it’s on your class rings, class shirts, and hung on the walls of Leamy Ballroom alongside the other classes that have gone before you. The class crest is revealed at 4/c formal which recently happened for the Class of 2019. Our crest now joins the long blue line of those classes before us.

 

If you have any questions feel free to email me at Jill.M.Friedman@uscga.edu.

 

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