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The Road Ahead

(Choosing the Coast Guard Academy, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Corbett Photo It has been a while everyone, but as always, better late than never! After watching my cadre class receive their billets, go through Capstone assignments and finally graduate, it has me thinking about legacy…what each member of 2015 left behind, or who they left behind. Sure, there were athletic stars, superior students, and those in command positions, all of whom came and went, but those are factual leave behinds. What truly should matter when you leave this great paradise is that you offered what you could to those under you.

 

With that mentality, here I sit as a 2/c. I now have been through cadre summer and have seen the other side of the field; the grass is greener, by the way. More importantly, we, as the Class of 2017 are to carry on 2015’s legacy through our swab class. It is just the way the mentorship here works, odd years train odd years, and even years train even years. Legacy, family, and team are my themes coming into this year. I figured I would just give a blurb on what I hope is the mentality shared by the Class of 2017.

 

Legacy: 2015 was a great class. They trained us and, of course, I am biased in saying that we are a great class because of them. The lessons they taught us are those which I hope to carry through to 2019 and years to follow. They taught us simple things such as how to have fun in a place like this. Smiling does not have to be a rare occurrence; it is a choice to be happy or sad, not a force. When we had to go to a mandatory sporting event, 2015 showed up ready to have fun rather than sit there and sulk. It felt like a family when we were at those events, which segues to the next big thing passed through our mentors.

 

Family: The Class of 2015 was a family. They fought and overcame many obstacles but at the end of the day, they supported each other. You could see it in the way they joked with each other during announcement time in the wardroom (cafeteria). They supported each other through thick and thin and made a very welcoming environment here at the Academy. They worked together through regimental staff and company staff to fulfill a stellar final year.

 

Team: We are all in this together. Not just class by class but as one single Corps of Cadets. We need to work together in order for this place to run. It is important to remember that. Whether it is staying up late to help a shipmate with homework, or just listening to someone vent about a bad day, we are a family, but better yet, we are one united team.

 

These three words are just pieces to what I hope to impart to the Class of 2019. Three words that 2015 has drilled into my head as a guiding way to survive and ultimately move the corps forward.

 

Go 2015
Go 2017
And Go 2019, welcome to the corps.
Shane Corbett
Shane.P.Corbett@uscga.edu

 

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Best Summer of My Cadet Career

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2017) Permanent link
Pourmonir PhotoJune

 

As school came to an end, summer came swiftly and undetected. One minute I was studying for finals and the next I was getting yelled at. Let me preface this entry with an explanation of what one’s 2/c summer is like. First, you experience 100th Week. That is an entire week devoted to training you for your upcoming duty of training the incoming class of cadets. The rest of your summer might vary from your classmates a little in scheduling but it will be similar in that you will all be entering what will most likely be the most exciting summer of your life. You spend a week shooting to qualify in pistol at the range, a week taking the Rules of the Road class, a week on training vessels practicing your new found knowledge, a week at a Coast Guard air station, and two weeks sailing up the coast. Now with a better understanding of what my summer entailed, let me bring your attention back to 100th Week. They brought in the Cape May Company Commanders to instruct us 2/c cadets on how best to train, develop, and prepare the incoming swabs to become cadets at the Coast Guard Academy. These company commanders spend every day training the men and women who enlist in the Coast Guard. The trainees that leave Cape May go on to become rescue swimmers, saving lives of those lost at sea, or assume the another duty required to be filled in the enlisted workforce. The company commanders spent the week yelling at us for our discrepancies, making us sweat until we dropped, and ensuring we understood the real purpose of training incoming members of the military. They showed us how vital our role was in the success of the swabs. They taught us that Swab Summer is not about yelling and push-ups, but about creating individuals that will stand by us after graduation and defend the constitution with honor, respect, and a devotion to their duties. This lesson will get me through the rest of my time in the Coast Guard, and well beyond. It was just the beginning of definitely the best summer of my cadet career.

 

July

 

My cadre experience, training the Class of 2019, was one of the hardest and most rewarding things I have ever been through. The training environment was stressful and demanding, but the outcome was worthwhile. Day to day as a class we were responsible for teaching the swabs how to thrive in a military environment. From day one, their hair was cut and their uniforms were issued, and from an outsider’s perspective they might have seemed like trained military members. The true task at hand was to make them understand the importance of our core values. It was to connect them with the spirit of our mission; to challenge them to make their bodies sounder, their hearts stouter, and their minds more alert. We were expected to teach them initiative and leadership skills by meeting adversity head-on, and providing them with a valuable experience in their development as future leaders. They had to prove that they are worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the Coast Guard. Being a part of a process that prepares people to save lives and defend our constitution was more rewarding then I could have imagined. With our 35 incoming swabs, we spent a lot of time explaining the basics. Throughout the summer, I quickly realized that I learned more from my trainees than I could ever teach them. Their positive attitudes and determination made this cadre experience better than I could have imagined.

 

August

 

The paramount experience of my summer was definitely the Coastal Sail Training Program. I was placed on a boat with six of my classmates and a safety officer. I was given eight days to learn how to sail, how to work with my classmates, and how to lead my peers. This may sound easy but the journey proved to be a lot more difficult than I thought. My cadre section dealt with sailing all summer, so we knew the basics of sailing. The leading proved to be more stressful than I had expected. Everyone has a different leadership style, so learning to follow different leaders involves dedication and effective communication. I created a bond with my classmates that will get me through my time here at the Academy. I made friends that will last a lifetime, and as a team we were recognized for being the most intrepid sailors on the trip. As fearless and daring sailors, we returned to the Academy with a new found confidence and trust in each other that I will never forget.

 

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