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An Eye-Opening Summer

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2018) Permanent link
Eshleman Photo Second class summer is coming to a close. It is currently July 11th, 2016, and I have been at the Academy since school let out in May. What an adventure it has been. Every week or so the second class transition from one training program to the next. My favorite training program was a close tie between Coastal Sail and Cadet Aviation Training Program, also known as CATP.

 

Coastal Sail was a blast because I was with some of my best friends on a sailing yacht. I got to travel around the Northeast using the navigation skills I have acquired since 4/c year, and finally get to transition into the leadership, or “mentor,” role. Peer-to-peer leadership was especially eye opening. After every transit, whoever was Watch Captain (the designated leader for the day) debriefed with the entire crew about what worked, what didn’t, and the pros and deltas (changes) that needed to be made for the following day. Hearing input from the safety officer of the boat and my own classmates was very helpful for discerning what leadership traits I excelled at, and what needed improvement.

 

CATP was exciting for me because I have not had much exposure to the aviation world until this week. I got to fly an HC-144 fixed wing aircraft (with the help of qualified pilots), got hoisted by a helicopter, and toured the flight school in Pensacola, Florida. Talking to ensigns that had just graduated from the Academy that were in Mobile, Alabama awaiting the start of flight school made me really interested in going into aviation.

 

Overall, this summer has opened my eyes to many new paths available in the Coast Guard. Each day I feel more and more lucky to be here, and I am excited to see what the future holds.

 

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