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3/c Summer Assignments

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Racz Photo The summer following your first year at the Academy is spent serving the Coast Guard in various places. Some cadets end up going to small boat stations, where they have the chance to learn about small boat operations within the Coast Guard. Others, like me, get sent to a cutter to experience life underway completing different missions. I, along with one of my classmates, was sent to CGC Valiant out of Mayport, Florida. But due to repairs being done on Valiant, I was first sent to Savannah, Georgia for the first two weeks of my summer. Once there, I lived the not so glamorous side of the Coast Guard. My first few weeks of my summer assignment were spent painting, loading and unloading, and making overall repairs to the cutter. Though this was not my definition of fun, I can definitely say that it was an eye opening experience. Going through it, I now know the hardships that enlisted members in the Coast Guard go through. It is a lot of work, but rewarding in the end.


After two weeks, Valiant finally left Savannah and headed out to sea for a short patrol. Out at sea I got to experience many things that I never thought I would get the chance to. I took part in many different drills and helped out with other underway operations. It was a time that I will never forget. Yes I’m sacrificing time home with friends, but this type of experience was why I joined the Coast Guard. I have cherished every minute that I have had on Valiant. In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading to Eagle where I will have a different kind of experience. I can’t wait to finish the rest of my summer and get the next year at the Academy started, though I’m going to enjoy the rest of my time in the fleet.


More about Benjamin.


Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet

(Academics, Overcoming Challenges, Class of 2015) Permanent link
Quintero Photo The spring semester has finally come to a close! The last couple of weeks in the semester at the Academy are always very busy, because it seems like the professors throw all the projects and papers toward the end. I remember thinking at the beginning of the semester how easy school was, and I knew it meant that school would get harder toward the end.


A year ago when I was a 2/c (junior) I was preparing to go spend my summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico on 110-foot cutter. The experience I gained in migrant and drug interdiction was once in a lifetime. I am actually an “Extended Opportunity 1/c Cadet,” which in simple terms means I am a super senior!! Since I failed some classes as an underclass I was disenrolled from the Academy after my sophomore year. The Academy always gives cadets a chance to write an appeal to the disenrollment. Due to my extenuating circumstances going on at home, I was essentially given a second chance. So as long as I got better grades, I would be allowed to stay at the Academy. The experience of being disenrolled changed my life around at the Academy, it made me appreciate the Academy more and it also allowed me to mature. From then on I took my studies very seriously and strived to do better. As a cadet struggling academically, I ar was placed on “academic probation.” This meant that I had the same liberty of a 4/c (freshmen), wasn’t allowed out on Fridays or out past 1a.m. on Sunday mornings. The upperclass also keep an eye on your grades to ensure you are staying focused. All these measures are put in place for the cadet’s success. I am thankful to have the opportunity to extend and at the same time get more time to mature. Out of my class 7 students are extending. Some of us are a full year extension and others it is only a half year. We will have to do a lot of things over again, like our first class summer tour. I will not be going on a boat in the Caribbean this summer, but instead will spend my summer on a 270-foot cutter out of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The thing I’m going to miss the most about being extended is all the friends I made in my class but I can’t wait to join them out in the fleet!!


More about Carlos.