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Outstanding Memories

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Engelhardt Photo Wow! It’s hard to believe that my 3/c summer training has come to a close and I am preparing for my second year at the Academy. Where did the time go?!? In all seriousness, I can say that the experiences I had this summer have made me a both a better person and cadet. After this summer I feel much more confident in the skills I have mastered and my abilities as a future Coast Guard officer.


After leaving Coast Guard Station Annapolis in mid-June, I reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, the Coast Guard’s training vessel. During my six weeks aboard I had the opportunity to travel to some unique and exciting ports of call, including St. Petersburg and Mayport, Florida; Bermuda; St. Pierre, France; Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Boston. The time spent aboard Eagle was just as exciting as the port calls. While aboard I completed my Helm, Lookout, and Sounding and Security qualifications, finished my basic Damage Control personnel qualifications, and started my Oiler and Quartermaster of the Watch qualifications. I also learned a lot of nautical information including the nautical Rules of the Road, which gave me more confidence in my abilities as a Coast Guardsman. I also got to experience countless sail station evolutions, served meals to senior officers, and gave personal tours of Eagle! But by far the best part of being on Eagle was establishing stronger and more meaningful relationships with my classmates in the Great USCGA Class of 2016.


So many of the moments I experienced this summer I will remember and cherish forever. Whether it was getting lost in Bermuda or finding Tommy the Tug-Boat in Halifax, the memories I made were outstanding. And now I can’t be more excited to make some more memories during the upcoming academic year! So here’s to another exciting school year at the Academy! Go Bears and Go Books!


More about James.


3/c Year, Arriving

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2016) Permanent link
Miller Photo Tomorrow at the Academy, the swabs will be starting Sea Trials. In contrast, I’ll be going to the beach and Six Flags with a friend. It’s so weird to think that everything I did last year under the supervision of the 3/c will be done by the class below me. One of the hardest parts for me personally will be being called “ma’am” by 2017, especially since some will most likely be older than me.


But a few good parts:
1. No longer being required to clean Chase Hall for formal room and wing inspections. I’ll probably end up helping, but it will be nice not being forced to clean.
2. No longer having to take out the trash of the upper-class.
3. No longer having to do clocks (for those of you who don’t know, clocks are when 4/c announce that there are ten minutes, seven minutes, six minutes, etc. to go until formation).
4. No more squaring meals.
5. No more eyes in the boat.


While most colleges don’t require their freshman to do any of those, at the Academy all freshmen have to do all that. While none of them are fun to do it when you’re a 4/c, all classes at one point had to do them.


In other news, I will be spending the first two weeks at the Academy restricted, which means I can’t leave campus. This is because I broke one of the Academy rules over the summer. The biggest reason I put this on the blog is to highlight the fact that Academy rules are taken seriously and need to be followed. This is something that a lot of people don’t understand until they get caught breaking one. It is also an example one of the differences that separates the Academy from other colleges.


As always, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at!



More about Caroline.