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Parents Weekend

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

Get an inside glimpse of parents weekend, not only form a cadet perspective, but from a parent’s perspective. 1/c Edwards and her parents take you around campus for this fall tradition at the Academy.


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A Productive, Fun and Rewarding Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Jack Brunswick

This summer for me was productive, fun, and rewarding. I first spent six weeks with the Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) in Virginia. There, I spent many days at the range shooting pistol, rifles, and snipers. I often played as an opposing force in the shoot house, where myself and the other cadets would be bad guys with guns and the MSRT teams would come in and clear the rooms to either arrest or subdue us. Even though we knew they were coming and that both teams used paintball ammunition, it was stressful and intense. I spent a week with the precision marksman team, where we built ghillie suits, hides, and temporary command posts in the woods using camouflage and our environment. All in all, I learned a lot about Coast Guard special forces and the experience made me more interested in joining the special forces community.

The second half of my summer was in Key West on a fast response cutter (FRC). I spent a week or so on the Isaac Mayo, Kathleen Moore, Glen Harris, and Charles David Junior (all FRCs). I got to see four different units of people complete the same mission on the same platform, which was useful to decide how I want my first unit’s culture to be like. I saw four different ways of problem solving, what a good officer looks like, what a bad officer looks like, and four different team dynamics. It taught me that although the Coast Guard has lots of policy and rules, the way we do things is not set in stone. There is lots of room as an Ensign to improve or hurt the team culture at a unit. Mission wise, we spent a lot of time rescuing migrants and sending them back to Cuba. I got to practice on my Spanish skills and speaking to migrants inspired me to get better at Spanish speaking and listening. After being underway, the last week in Key West I spent at the Sector, where I got to see what they do in the command sector, in the response division, and in the prevention division. My goal for the summer was to see and experience as much as possible, which I accomplished. I met lots of amazing officers and enlisted, made new mentors, met up with old teammates, and made lots of new friends. The Coast Guard is a small service- my first day in Key West I ran into old shipmates from my 3/c summer experience. Going into my senior year, I am still unsure about where I want to go, but regardless, every single billet class of 22 gets is an amazing opportunity that few people are given.

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Advice for Applying, BEST Thing about the Academy

(Choosing the Academy, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

This week I asked the underclassmen in my company to share their best advice while it is fresh on their mind. We're talking about Swab Summer, tips for the application process, the things they're most looking forward to and MORE!


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THE REAL COAST GUARD - Life on an 87’ Patrol Boat

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

I’m underway on an 87-foot patrol boat in Washington state. Want to see what it’s like? Join me for an insider look at this Coast Guard asset.


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Summers at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022, Eagle, Swab Summer) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

Here is an explanation of how summers work at the United States Coast Guard Academy! I have some extremely talented classmates who have made videos from our summers.


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How to Prepare for Swab Summer

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022, Swab Summer) Permanent link
Erin Edwards

Hey everyone! The class of 2025 is roughly one month away from the start of Swab Summer so I thought I would share some things that I wish I knew before Day 1! As always, if you have any questions let me know in the comments.

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My Morning Routine

(The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Elizabeth Carter

Get a sneak peek of life inside the barracks. Follow Erin Edwards along through her morning routine.


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Excited for Summer, Extra-Curricular Activities

(Extracurricular and Faith-Based Involvement, The Cadet Experience, Class of 2022) Permanent link
Elizabeth Carter

Happy spring everyone!! It is finally beginning to feel like spring around here. Outdoor Track and Field season is in full swing, and the days seem to get warmer as time goes on. There is an exciting energy in the air as well, as 1/c cadets count down the days to the long awaited graduation.

This summer is proving to be a gauntlet of its own right, as I prepare for a position on Battalion Staff. I applied back in December of 2020, and upon receiving a role, have been steadily producing work in preparation for the 2021 summer training period. I am beyond excited for what this summer holds for each trainee and cadet alike.

The second half of my summer will be spent on a tiny buoy tender out of Rockland, Maine. I cannot wait to find myself secluded in a small New England town for my 21st birthday. I plan on finding the best lighthouses, best lobster and clam shacks, and exploring national parks. I have heard nothing but good things about Maine in the summer, and I look forward to the time away from New London. It will surely be a different experience from being a 3/c on a gigantic National Security Cutter. I think I will fit right into the ATON life, and bond with the smaller crew once I report in. I’ll admit, I am counting down the days ‘til Rockland!

Ring dance is right around the corner, and the USAA Career Starter loan is just within reach. Things are starting to look up around here, and I am extremely excited to begin the final year of my Academy journey.

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