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Last Entry of the School Year

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2012) Permanent link   All Posts
 Michael Klakring 08APR

This past weekend was a very big milestone for the 4/c. Finally, we all took our boards, the culmination of Coast Guard indoctrination covering about 50 pages of info including nautical flags; light configurations of ships; distress signals; all the facts and figures for every cutter and aircraft; Academy, Coast Guard and Battle history; Coast Guard heroes; as well as other categories. I was able to pass the test, an oral exam of 10 questions.

My 3/c escorted me to a room with a 1/c and two 2/cs in it, where I was inspected while yelling the mission of the Academy. One stutter or screw up is an automatic fail. After that, the yelling stopped and the 10 questions were asked. Unfortunately, only 54% of the class passed, so we do not yet have wardroom carry on.

When all of us do pass, we will get full wardroom carry on: looking at food, talking to one another, sitting back in our chairs. In the mean time, the 4/c was awarded whiteboard privileges this weekend. After our last walk-through/inspection of rooms and common areas, each 4/c room and common area had a grade of above 90%. With that, we can now use the whiteboards that are outside our rooms to write our names and where we are if we leave the barracks after 1900. Up until now, 4/c had to write properly formatted note cards whenever we signed out of the barracks. It seems trivial, but it is one of those things that become a part of life here and means something when it’s changed.

Next week is the “Guardian Challenge” or something like that, our final “hoorah” challenge. I am not sure what to expect, but it kind of serves the same purpose as climbing the Herndon Monument at the Naval Academy, after which plebes are no longer plebes, but upper-class. It’s something to look forward to, and has been a long time coming. It is finally starting to warm up some, we changed back into trops for our dress uniform, which is the short-sleeve dress shirt, as opposed to the long sleeve shirt, tie and jacket we have been wearing. I cannot wait for the summer, Ocean Racing is gonna be great and so is Eagle.

28APR

This is my last journal entry of the school year; it is hard to believe. I have great news though! The class of 2012 earned our privileges this past Friday at drill. Over the course of last week, we completed the first ever “Challenge of the Guardian,” which was based on the Guardian Ethos, and consisted of six challenges that were intended to instill the ethos in our daily lives. Being the first time this was done, it was a little rough around the edges and has room for improvement, but the 2/c put a lot of hard work into it and it was a great culminating event for the year, especially since we got carry on as a result! Even better, after that we had a party for just the 4/c at the Stonington Lodge, a property that the Academy owns across the river, where we had a pig roast, Xbox, pool, an inflatable obstacle course, basketball and were able to just chill.

After that I had a very busy weekend as we hosted a sailing regatta here at the Academy. My crew finished in 6th place out of 12 boats. I added a new picture from this weekend. It was a lot of fun, the weather was perfect. We were towed under the bridge and sailed mainly at the mouth of the river and at one point were pretty much in the Long Island Sound.

Yesterday was probably the last big academic day, for me at least. The only major academic thing I have left, other than finals, is a chemistry exam next Tuesday. After that its finals, moving rooms and getting out of here! Everyone is really excited for the summer, and the weather is finally showing that it is coming. It has been a lot warmer lately and my sponsor family is having a big barbeque for a bunch of us this weekend.

Anyway, best of luck to the incoming swabs, and to those of you who are going to prep school or hope to reapply next year. I hope I was able to make the process and decision making a little easier! Thanks for the emails, feel free to keep sending more.

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