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Eagle Pros and Cons

(Overcoming Challenges, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo Just finished my phase of Eagle and now I’m off to Station Ponce de Leon and I’ll tell y’all how that goes in my next post. So, Eagle, also known as the slave ship to many. It has its ups and downs just as everything does in this world. So I’ll start off with the good. Before Eagle I knew very few people in my class and now I’ve met the majority of my classmates and made some great new friends. That is probably the best thing that Eagle does – helps, no makes you meet new classmates. However, as you can probably imagine, some people, after living with them for this long can get on each other’s nerves, so it ends up being a non-bonding session in those cases. Second good, the port calls are fun, until you end up having to wear trops on even the hottest days. So port calls go from “extremely fun” to “fun” because we couldn’t wear civilian clothes. Third good, climbing on Eagle in the middle of squalls (big storms) is pretty exhilarating.


Now the bad: the long work days. For three out of the five weeks, you have a schedule like this: Monday, 6 hour work day; Tuesday, 6 hour work day; Wednesday, 12 hour work day. This vicious cycle repeats every three days. Not fun. That is probably the biggest negative. Overall Eagle wasn’t terrible but it definitely was not the most fun thing I’ve ever done. Interesting? Definitely. I learned a lot about the Coast Guard and what all the different enlisted rates do, and we got to sail on America’s Tall Ship. Oh yeah! The new swabs report in in one week. Pretty exciting. That’s all.


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Loss of Privileges and Respect

(Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Zwenger Photo So sorry for missing the past couple of posts but the end of school is super busy. This entry will include some of May because that is when our finals are. So at the end of this year we had fourth class boards, an indoctrination test where we are tests over massive amounts of material including information about cutters, damage control knowledge, Coast Guard History, Academy history, etc. In the previous years, this process went pretty smoothly and there was no issue of cheating, however, this year was different. Some say you can solely blame the class of 2015, some say it was the whole corps, I will not give my opinion. As a result of this cheating, the corps of cadets lost privileges that we would have otherwise gained by the end of the year. For us it was full carry on. A lot of people complain about this because they “didn’t think it was our fault,” but regardless our class lost a lot of respect and now we have to word hard to gain it back. That’s all we can do for now.


Other than boards, finals are another concern among us at the Academy. At this point in the game, I’ve lost a lot of motivation to study because we’ve just finished up a daunting year militarily. Despite this, I pushed through and studied only to finish the semester off with a GPA just shy of 3.0. That’s all.


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