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    we cadets get restless and sometimes feel the need to occupy our time with other things to distract us from the training Unfortunately my classmates and I made a very negative impression on our instructor adding to the respect issues and misconduct coming from the Class of 2019 We fourth class cadets who attended this specific dinner training were addressed about our misconduct and now have to write a memo and apology notes to the trainer and the staff This is an understandable punishment that we are all dealing with and will get through together On another note this morning our first class that is in charge of fourth class behavior and misconduct and our company guidons second class cadets who are in charge of the fourth class of their company met with us during our morning training period Although the training took time out of our mornings everything that they had to say was correct This always happens to the fourth class Thanksgiving rolls around and we start getting bored with doing our jobs When we square corners it looks more like circling the corners When we speak to upperclassmen we drop our sirs and ma ams When we are marching in section to class also known as busing we speak to each other which is not allowed I think that we have forgotten our place at the bottom of the food chain so to speak We have forgotten what we learned over Swab Summer about teamwork and that we need each other to get through this We have forgotten that we still have another semester of being fourth class We have forgotten that we can never get too comfortable About anything Ever The main thing that I have learned is that life at the Academy is like one giant slightly bruised apple You can look at it and be like ew This apple is gross Why would anyone want that Or you can journey through the process of eating the apple One bite at a time When you decide to deal with it and eat the apple you find some bruises That bitter sour taste enters your mouth and you squinch your face up In fact when you are least expecting to find a bruise you find one That s the best part You never know when it s coming It just does And there is nothing you can do about it You just have to embrace it Think about all of the people before you that had a bruised apple You aren t special Embrace that bruised apple Because you know what What it comes down to is the fact that somewhere out there there is someone who would die for that apple Now don t get me wrong USCGA has made me who I am today and I am forever grateful I have gotten to travel an insane amount I have been to New York City and Newport Rhode Island on Eagle over Swab Summer Canada

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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    become a volunteer firefighter joined the U S Military Cycling Team ate lunch with the Commandant of the Coast Guard and marched in NYC on Veterans Day You will have opportunities here that you wouldn t ever have other places The bond you share with your shipmates here can t be simply summed up with the word friendship You ll form bonds that can t be described Even though you might be moving away from home you ll have a family at the Academy you can rely on Home won t feel quite the same when you finally go back This isn t a bad thing by any stretch it s just different You ll discover who you really consider to be your friends from back home Part of this is because you don t have social media your fourth class year so you have to make an effort to stay in touch with your friends Not only this but people tend to drift in different directions once they head off to college Your core values might not necessarily align with theirs as time progresses Even beyond this you might not necessarily be able to relate to a lot of what your friends are going through and the opposite is certainly the case That being said the friendships that remain are going to last a lifetime My final insight unsolicited piece of advice is HAVE FUN Not only is this true at the Academy but as you go into your final months of high school enjoy them responsibly as much as you can Go hiking seek out random adventures eat good food travel whenever possible laugh a lot start a bucket list and cross off as many bullets as possible Live life to its fullest Congrats to everyone who gets accepted into the Class of 2020 and if you have any questions feel more than free to reach out to me at my email Evan J Twarog uscga edu More about Evan Last Edited by Leann Strickland at 2 8 2016 3 12 PM On a Mission to Unwind Choosing the Coast Guard Academy The Cadet Experience Class of 2018 Permanent link It s the beginning of 2016 Happy New Year Consequently that means it s time for another semester Winter leave was great and very important This past fall semester left me drained in my mind and body By heading home I had the opportunity to refresh and recharge Spending time with friends family loved ones and even pets was a welcoming feeling having been gone for so long However nothing was more comforting than sleeping in long past 6 a m If the mission of leave is to unwind I stood a tall watch and manned my rack One could say I was extraordinarily devoted to that duty Unfortunately my watch has come to an end and it s time to return to the Coast Guard Academy With the spring semester about to pick up I m ready Sure being away from home stinks but if I wrote that I didn t miss this place I would be a liar For some mysterious reason that I ll attribute to habit I started to miss the daily routine Being here and being productive gives one a sense of purpose which is ultimately what every human inevitably searches for in their lifetime I m glad it s still not snowing I m glad to be back with my friends I m ready for the challenges ahead It s good to be home More about Cody Posted by Leann Strickland at 1 21 2016 3 58 PM Administrative Action Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Class of 2019 Permanent link Well I have almost officially made it to my first Thanksgiving break at USCGA which means that I have almost officially made it through my first semester of college Now clearly this is not your average college experience Over the past few weeks I have seen many of my shipmates get honor boarded and masted have attended a formal dinner training that our instructor said was the worst she had ever seen and have experienced a bussing and respect remedial No this place is not your average college We take honor respect and devotion to duty very seriously And right when you start slipping through the cracks and lose sight of these three pillars you had better believe that there is someone there to remind you albeit through administrative action or through a light slap on the wrist and some notecards As fourth class we are the followers A part of being on this lovely level of the chain of command is that sometimes we get to write these notecards On such notecards we get the privilege to write in pen mind you so you cannot re use the note cards 1 c name of your Company Commander 4 c Your last name respectfully requests to inform you that insert anything you might need to inform people of your whereabouts something you did wrong indoc test corrections etc On another note honor boards are where a cadet who has acted in a manner that rubbed someone the wrong way cadets are honor boarded when they are suspected of cheating fraternization or simply breaking the regulations This process consists of the cadet walking in and sitting at the position of attention with an upperclassmen advisor of their choice The upperclassmen who comprise the honor board and will ask the cadet questions about the situation The board then makes a recommendation to Commander Barker who oversees the mast Most honor boards lead to masts The mast is much more formal because it is where Commander Barker decides how hefty the punishment will be for the cadet in question Cadets are required to attend certain dinner and etiquette trainings so that we learn the importance of respect and how to act toward officers and how to act when we become officers Due to the nature

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  • USCGA Cadet Blogs
    23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Recent Posts Subject Archive 4 c Daily Duties Things to Know Before Saying Yes Excited for a Busy Spring Semester The Actor A Winter Wonderland 2016 ORCA Explained On a Mission to Unwind A Whale of a Time Cheshire Cross Cyclocross Race School Starts Again Reflecting on Our Blessings Administrative Action Returning to My Roots Rollin on the River Excited About My Research Projects Academics Athletics Choosing the Coast Guard Academy Extracurricular Activities and Faith Based Involvement Just for Fun Overcoming Challenges The Cadet Experience Life as a Junior Officer Class of 2019 Class of 2018 Class of 2017 Class of 2016 Class of 2015 Class of 2014 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August

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    to refresh and recharge Spending time with friends family loved ones and even pets was a welcoming feeling having been gone for so long However nothing was more comforting than sleeping in long past 6 a m If the mission of leave is to unwind I stood a tall watch and manned my rack One could say I was extraordinarily devoted to that duty Unfortunately my watch has come to an end and it s time to return to the Coast Guard Academy With the spring semester about to pick up I m ready Sure being away from home stinks but if I wrote that I didn t miss this place I would be a liar For some mysterious reason that I ll attribute to habit I started to miss the daily routine Being here and being productive gives one a sense of purpose which is ultimately what every human inevitably searches for in their lifetime I m glad it s still not snowing I m glad to be back with my friends I m ready for the challenges ahead It s good to be home More about Cody Posted by Leann Strickland at 1 21 2016 3 58 PM A Whale of a Time Academics Just for Fun Class of 2018 Permanent link Hello everyone and happy New Year We just got back to school for MAP week which is a week of re adjustment to the Academy which includes military and academic trainings I am more than excited to be back and loved seeing all my friends again although the adjustment is never easy Anyhow I worked all winter break on my directed study project which is a literature review for the Mystic Aquarium on stress physiology in marine mammals just a Marine and Environmental Sciences major thing Essentially I have been reading what feels like a million very complicated and sciency papers about endocrinology and stress in whales dolphins and sea lions I can t wait to present my findings to the aquarium in a couple of weeks but I am so so nervous The study has been a bit of added on work this past semester but it is more than worth it I have had the incredible opportunity to visit the aquarium a few times as well as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute out on Cape Cod Additionally my work for the aquarium has allowed me to get in the enclosure with the beluga whales It really has been a dream come true In November I worked with a few scientists from Woods Hole doing acoustics or sound testing on Kela who is Mystic s female beluga The experiment was very successful and a lot of important data was collected concerning the whale s brain activity and ability to hear interpret sound I can t wait to see what this semester has in store and look forward to continuing my work with the aquarium and the whales Don t worry I whale be sure to keep

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    many of the majors have to take Differential Equations for example Your 4 c or freshman year everyone takes the same classes Calculus 1 and 2 Chemistry 1 and 2 History English etc The purpose of that is to develop well rounded people because as officers even if we are doing engineering jobs the stuff we learned in English will help us in the fleet whether it is writing evaluations or something else In addition it allows you to see your strengths and helps with picking a major that is a good fit for you Your 3 c year is when your classes are tailored to your major and then 2 c year is when you are really taking fun major related classes We also have to take general requirements throughout the four years Those are classes like Physics Navigation Morals and Ethics Criminal Justice Government and Maritime Law Enforcement Everyone has to take Chemistry and Physics because every degree the Academy offers is a Bachelor of Science As far as ORCA goes it is essentially all about using math and computers to make things more efficient even with limited resources Therefore we take math optimization classes and learn how to program with Java to be able to solve certain problems that are brought to us This major is very Coast Guard applicable since the Coast Guard performs so many missions but also does not receive very many funds to do them So an operations researcher would use their background in math and computers to schedule employees and distribute billets allot aircraft to different stations and find the shortest amount of time it would take a cutter to reach 10 buoys that need to be tended and go back to home port important to save crew morale and fuel In short the application of the major is to find ways to maximize mission effectiveness and efficiency through logistics Your first billet after graduating is not major specific it can be attending flight school serving as a student engineer or deck watch officer on a cutter or working at a sector Your billets afterward are really when you would start using your major Also the majority of officers go to grad school as well so you could do a multitude of jobs in the Coast Guard or private sector depending on what your master s is in I really hope this was helpful in answering any questions you might have had about ORCA As always if you have more questions do not hesitate to email me More about Rachel Posted by Leann Strickland at 1 25 2016 3 53 PM Returning to My Roots Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link A common perception of military training is that everyone should fit into a mold By the time we graduate we should become the image of military excellence This was a fear that I had before coming to the Academy that I would be stripped of my

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    is always a force to be reckoned with in the NEWMAC our athletic conference Our football team largely due to weight restrictions that limit the players size always seems to lose the close games However this season has been a different one and we have a great team that is exceeding expectations It is especially nice to see my classmates on the team end their playing careers on such a high note Lastly as a member of Regimental Staff I have gotten the pleasure to interact with high ranking officers and speakers when they come to visit the Academy My most notable experience was escorting the head of the Norwegian Coast Guard during a Regimental Review held in honor of the recently completed Arctic Forum Revealing my Norwegian heritage to him and getting invited to visit his house an offer I hope he won t forget was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my cadet career As Thanksgiving approaches and schoolwork intensifies I apologize that I am unable to write more about what has been a truly remarkable semester If you have any questions about my stories here or my Coast Guard Academy experiences these past three plus years I invite you to email me at James D Engelhardt uscga edu Thanks for the read Until next time Semper Paratus and Go Bears More about James Posted by Leann Strickland at 12 1 2015 4 06 PM Arctic Forum Events The Cadet Experience Class of 2016 Permanent link As a Government major at the Academy we are presented with multiple opportunities to attend some unique events Recently we had representatives from the Arctic nations convene at the Academy to discuss multilateral relations with respect to the Arctic I was allowed to sit in on a panel discussion with the representatives to hear how each of these countries is developing policies in the Arctic If you don t know the Arctic is an area of growing importance Never before has the idea of using Arctic region for trade tourism or territory been discussed But now with the changing environment the Arctic has new importance Each country has their own unique challenges facing them It was extremely interesting to sit in and listen to each representative discuss how their country is impacted by the new opportunities in the Arctic The most intriguing idea discussed was the notion of search and rescue SAR operations in the Arctic Improving rescue techniques calls for multiple agencies and countries to work together to best develop SAR strategies I found this discussion so compelling that I have decided to use it as my research paper topic for my Maritime Policy class As a soon to be officer in the Coast Guard SAR techniques and how we can better them are very interesting and useful for me to think about Who knows maybe one day I will be the brains behind these operations Either way it is a fascinating topic to explore and consider Altogether the

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    a good thing that I have been keeping busy because it makes time go faster until graduation It is not that I want to necessarily leave the Academy because it is a horrible place but instead I look forward to being out at sea and working for the Coast Guard From the three summers that I spent in different units of the Coast Guard I have learned that it is a great service to be in That is because the people that make up the service are some of the best men and women in the world and are great to work with And that is why I cannot wait to get out there and use the skills and training the Academy has given me Meanwhile I am enjoying free time with my classmates who after graduation I won t see for a while One of the ways I spend time with my classmates is through sports Since it is the spring season for rugby we have been practicing a lot and going to tournaments More about Carlos Posted by Leann Strickland at 4 23 2015 12 58 PM Last Semester Rapidly Finishing Academics Athletics Just for Fun Class of 2015 Permanent link It s certainly been a while since I wrote a blog post so I will write quickly before class to update my readers on what s happening in Chase Hall 1 Billet Night March 5th The Class of 2015 recently found out where we are going for our first tour It was a fun suspenseful evening I loved sitting in the auditorium cheering for my classmates as they were called on stage and opened their orders but grew more and more anxious as people opened orders to boats on my dream sheet Finally two of my friends and I were called on stage I m going to USCGC Sequoia a 225 foot buoy tender in Guam I m so excited to get my top pick and spend two years in paradise 2 Classes Well they are going Of course now that I know I am moving to Guam it s hard to focus Senioritis really is a thing 3 Easter I had a great time yesterday at my sponsor mom s house for Easter She threw an awesome get together this year and outdid herself with all the food After surviving 40 days of Lent without eating meat it was great to dig into ham turkey and a delicious broccoli casserole I m going to miss those parties when I m on the other side of the world next year 4 Crew It s hard to believe that our season is almost over It seems like yesterday that we were stepping into the boat for our first race I m going to miss the boyshouse but at least we still have four or five more races GO BEARS So that s everything I can think of in the ten minutes before class Enjoy and please take time

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  • Administrative Action - Sharp November 2015
    lovely level of the chain of command is that sometimes we get to write these notecards On such notecards we get the privilege to write in pen mind you so you cannot re use the note cards 1 c name of your Company Commander 4 c Your last name respectfully requests to inform you that insert anything you might need to inform people of your whereabouts something you did wrong indoc test corrections etc On another note honor boards are where a cadet who has acted in a manner that rubbed someone the wrong way cadets are honor boarded when they are suspected of cheating fraternization or simply breaking the regulations This process consists of the cadet walking in and sitting at the position of attention with an upperclassmen advisor of their choice The upperclassmen who comprise the honor board and will ask the cadet questions about the situation The board then makes a recommendation to Commander Barker who oversees the mast Most honor boards lead to masts The mast is much more formal because it is where Commander Barker decides how hefty the punishment will be for the cadet in question Cadets are required to attend certain dinner and etiquette trainings so that we learn the importance of respect and how to act toward officers and how to act when we become officers Due to the nature of such trainings we cadets get restless and sometimes feel the need to occupy our time with other things to distract us from the training Unfortunately my classmates and I made a very negative impression on our instructor adding to the respect issues and misconduct coming from the Class of 2019 We fourth class cadets who attended this specific dinner training were addressed about our misconduct and now have to write a memo and apology notes to the trainer and the staff This is an understandable punishment that we are all dealing with and will get through together On another note this morning our first class that is in charge of fourth class behavior and misconduct and our company guidons second class cadets who are in charge of the fourth class of their company met with us during our morning training period Although the training took time out of our mornings everything that they had to say was correct This always happens to the fourth class Thanksgiving rolls around and we start getting bored with doing our jobs When we square corners it looks more like circling the corners When we speak to upperclassmen we drop our sirs and ma ams When we are marching in section to class also known as busing we speak to each other which is not allowed I think that we have forgotten our place at the bottom of the food chain so to speak We have forgotten what we learned over Swab Summer about teamwork and that we need each other to get through this We have forgotten that we still have another semester of being

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65549 (2016-02-14)
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