At the beginning of June we prepped for the incoming cadet candidates that the CGA Scholars (CGAS) cadre section was going to be responsible for starting in mid-July. Usually prep week is right before cadre, so we could only do so much to prepare early. Prep week mainly consisted of listening to trainings, developing our own methods for teaching the incoming trainees, and taking the PFE to make sure we were physically qualified cadre.
I also completed a weeklong classroom session called Rules of the Road (ROTR). From about 0800 to1600 we learned the rules in which sea-going vessels must abide. At the end of the week we took a test that you are required to pass with at least a ninety-percent. I studied very hard and passed on the first try, which is a great weight off my shoulders before heading into the 2/c academic year.
The following week was T-boats. A small group of about ten of my classmates was put on a T-boat with a supervising officer. I was on the T-boat named Respect. We learned how to recover a man overboard, anchor the vessel, and dock the vessel. We also learned the importance of following a checklist before getting underway. We worked in the simulators as well as the actual T-boats.
Coastal Sail Training Program (CSTP) was the final week of June. We had rotten weather for CSTP, and I was seasick in the beginning, but I thought it was a very worthwhile experience. I have lived on the water my entire life and I go power boating often, but the L-44s gave me a deeper appreciation for the ocean. The ports we sailed to in June consisted of Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Hyannis. I went for a long run in almost every port in order to explore the area, and make a mental note to visit these incredible places again.
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