Ten reasons why I love my job:
1. Watching fireworks on Bastille Day in France from 140 feet in the air.
2. Spending port calls in Bermuda, France, and Canada.
3. Swinging off a line into the middle of the Atlantic for swim call.
4. Climbing up a 140-foot mast to douse sails in the dark at 20 knots.
5. Racing from Annapolis to Newport on a J-44.
6. Shooting off flares for pyro-training on the 4th of July.
7. Flying the biggest American flag I have ever seen when we pull into port.
8. Seeing the Milky Way and shooting stars in the middle of the ocean.
9. Watching sunrise and sunset at sea.
10. Seeing whales, sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, turtles, and flying fish.
Ten more reasons why it's not for everyone:
- Cleaning and cleaning and cleaning...dishes, toilets, showers, the bilge, the trash room...all of it.
- Getting less than four hours of sleep and getting up for watch.
- Being sea sick.
- Being soaked for days on end...
- Using baby wipes as showers.
- Never sleeping in a real bed.
- Working out on a boat.
- Being held into your rack with a lee cloth.
- Drinking powdered milk.
- Wearing issued swimsuits.
Despite everything, I wouldn't change my job for the world. I wish I got to experience the real fleet this summer. Eagle was basically just an extension of the Academy. Still, I learned a lot, and I am more eager than ever to eventually be in the fleet. Sure, some things weren't the most fun… but they created some of the best memories. 3/c summer training has been totally awesome. Nevertheless, I couldn't be happier to finally be on leave and get a break!
As always, feel free to ask me any questions at Christina.M.Frost@uscga.edu.
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