This summer has been an absolute blast! There is so much to do with the programs that are available! This summer, I was chosen as a Swab Summer 1 Cadre. I was able to participate in the class of 2017’s R-Day and am currently finishing my third week as a cadre. This summer has provided me with so many amazing leadership opportunities. Being able to be a part of 2017’s growth and development as they grow from swabs to 4/c is unbelievable. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lead them and see the changes from civilian and the life of an individual to a cadet that is a part of a team.
This summer has also given me the chance to get my pistol qualifications, and to complete my Rules of the Road test, which is essential for all personnel that are going to be navigating inland and international waterways in the near future. In the next few weeks, I am going to be heading to a Coast Guard Station in New York and will have the chance to participate in the Marine Safety Training Program that is offered there. After that, I will be coming back to the Academy and will participate in T-boats and then head off for the Coastal Sail Program. These kinds of opportunities are not able to be found anywhere else and I am so grateful for the fact that I have been able to be a part of them.
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