And finally, the end of the academic year! Granted, this one ended…differently than I had expected, but nevertheless, it is over. I’ve found out my Summer Assignment (Station Dauphin Island, Alabama, Eagle Phase 2) and my new company (Echo!). We will officially be getting our 3/c rank and shoulder boards when the Firsties graduate, which is May 16. Some stations do ceremonies; I’m hoping mine does one. It’d be really cool for that to happen, to get recognized for the hardest year of my life.
Looking back on my 10+ months in the Coast Guard, it’s been the roller coaster I had expected it to be. From formals to drill to lacrosse to Idlers, and everything in between, it’s just been a wild ride. Coming back next year without having to do any of the odd tasks of bracing up, squaring meals, well, that will be just great! However, it’s important to note that the role of the 3/c is to mentor the 4/c, so I’ll be sure to just that.
To members of 2016: Stay strong during Swab Summer! It’s a tough, mentally and physically challenging seven weeks, but I promise, you’ll get through it. One day at a time. Good Luck!
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