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Privileges, Say What?!

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2015) Permanent link   All Posts
Gurtler Photo As a fourth class, you learn to not take anything for granted. Everything that you have or are allowed to do, you have to earn. Now as we enter the midterms of the spring semester, us fourth class are finally getting a taste of privileges. Last week, we received the right to write on the whiteboards outside of our barracks rooms, because of 2015’s exceptional score on our first indoctrination test. The purpose of these whiteboards is to let others know where you are at all times past 1900. Prior to this privilege being granted, we had to properly format notecards to our company commander and tape them to our whiteboards. Although this seems like a small achievement, it’s one that none of the fourth class take lightly. We have worked hard to get here and equally, if not harder, to stay here. This is just one means of recognition for our endeavors. In the weeks to come, we have the opportunity to earn the privilege to play music out loud in our rooms and wardroom carry on (i.e., looking at our food while we eat, talking to each other, ability to look around), all leading up to full carry on. This is all in preparation to becoming a 3/c.

 

As I write this, I am sitting in O’Hara Airport in Chicago, waiting for my connecting flight home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I chose to come home for spring break, because I was not entirely sure where my summer travels would lead me. This is my second time home since reporting in, and I am very excited to spend this much deserved time with my family and friends. Realizing that the worst part of going home is having to say goodbye to my family, I know I will be coming back to the Academy to all of these opportunities for privileges. It definitely makes the trip a little sweeter…

 



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