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  • Summer 2015 – Week by Week - Glick August 2015
    Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts Looking back on the summer it seems that Academy summers get better and better every year The first one Swab Summer isn t exactly fun but you learn to make the best of it 3 c summer is long or at least mine was as I was underway on board a cutter for 11 weeks This summer however I moved around every week seeing new places meeting new people and learning about different Coast Guard missions every day Here are some highlights of my summer week by week 100th Week New London Connecticut 0400 Monday Morning GET UP CADETS YOU RE LATE Company Commanders literally kick off 100th week by almost kicking my door down 100th Week marks the halfway point in our cadet careers The point of 100th Week is to pump us up for the coming summer strengthen our class identity and prepare us for cadre summer The Cape May Company Commanders or the drill instructors who train enlisted personnel traveled to the Academy for 100th Week They trained us for the first three days and reminded us of what it is like to be a trainee and acclimated us to the environment of Swab Summer The rest of the week we learned how to effectively train recruits practiced confidence on the Stone s Ranch Obstacle Course and went over the basics of giving military presentations to superiors and subordinates It was a tiring week but it ended with a great ceremony when we became 2 c cadets Cadet Aviation Training Program Mobile Alabama and Pensacola Florida 0430 Saturday morning I stumble out of my rack and throw my sea bag on my back It s time to climb into a government van to go to the Hartford airport Groggy tired

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65182 (2016-02-15)
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  • Transition to 2/c Year - Glick May 2015
    been slow but the weeks and months have gone by extremely fast This past week marked 100th Week which is the halfway point for our class The Cape May Company Commanders or the petty officers and chief petty officers who run the enlisted boot camp in New Jersey instructed us on the basics of leading the new cadets who will arrive on June 29 The first day of 100th Week we relived our swab lives taking orders sounding off and being pushed physically As the training progressed we transitioned into a more instructional environment when the Company Commanders took a back seat as we led each other Preparing for Reporting In Day some of us acted as cadre while others acted as swabs It was strange yelling at our own classmates but it was part of the process of learning how to address swabs on R Day I tried to think back to my cadre and the maxim that you will never feel that you are as good as your own cadre held true for me it was extremely difficult keeping up the intensity and giving instruction but we will get better as it as we get closer to R Day I did however find it hilarious that I caught myself practicing the same mannerisms and verbiage that my cadre used on me when I was a swab For the remaining two days our class completed a team run conducted land navigation and worked through the leader reaction obstacle course on a Connecticut army base It got me pumped up and was a great reminder that I am still a member of the military after a lax 3 c year 3 c year is very laid back and is probably the least military out of the four years at the Academy This is for a good reason it is the most academically challenging Sadly we are saying goodbye to many shipmates before recommitment on Friday After 3 c year cadets need to decide if they will commit to serving after completing two more years at the Academy This past semester was especially difficult and it was the first semester at the Academy that I did not make the Dean s List In my last blog post I mentioned that I switched my major from Government to Management I was better at writing papers as this makes up the bulk of work for Government majors but the Management major has many more tests and math based courses I wanted to challenge myself and I sure did with the math courses I did not come close to the academic standard that I upheld during my previous three semesters at the Academy but I learned the most To gain acceptance to the Management major the main hurdles are Financial Accounting and Probability Statistics I failed a few tests in both of these classes but I still made it out alright in the end The way I see it is that while these classes

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65016 (2016-02-15)
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  • The Regiment - Glick March 2015
    accidently stumbling across a pile of admissions materials while on watch I am thinking back to my first visit to the Academy in the spring of 2011 as a high school sophomore I remember peering into the new quad looking at the cadets in formation and I wondered why they were all standing there in the hot sun in complete silence Since I am standing Library Duty Officer today which is infamously long I thought it would be a good opportunity to discuss how the Corps of Cadets is organized now that I understand it At the bottom the 4 c are the lowest of the low 4 c have just come out of Swab Summer and are learning how to adapt to the demands and excitement of Academy life 4 c spend much of their time studying for their indoctrination board which is the examination of one year of Coast Guard and Academy knowledge 4 c stand regimental duty as orderlies meaning they do the cleaning in Chase Hall and message carrying from the Commandant of Cadets Company Officers and everyone in between They stand in the back of formation and they have no stripes on their shoulder boards They are the unsung heroes of Chase Hall Next up are the 3 c who are responsible for ensuring the development of the 4 c and are also assigned many other collateral responsibilities 3 c stand watches as the Library Duty Officer Junior Cadet Duty Officer in the watch office answering phones and make pipes or announcements over the Chase Hall intercom They are responsible for signing 4 c up for duty and take accountability of the company s 4 c 3 c also stand a rotating watch of their respective companies during meals along with a rotating 2 c cadet 3 c cadets have one diagonal stripe 2 c cadets mark the divide between underclass 3 c and 4 c and the 1 c 2 c cadets stand duty as Admissions Duty Officer Assistant Commander s Duty Officer in the watch office company night watch on weekends and Leamy Hall Duty Officer 2 c also stand watch as Cadet in Charge for morning and evening colors There are eight designated company Guidons who carry the Company Guidon at formation and ensure the proper indoctrination of each company s 4 c Working for them are three masters at arms MAAs who act as assistants to the Guidons and who are also responsible for 4 c development Guidons and MAAs are not part of divisions but are accountable to department heads and their respective Company Commanders There are also two Regimental Executive Assistants one for the Regimental Commander and the other for the Regimental Chief of Staff 1 c are the highest ranking cadets in the corps They range from having one stripe to the lone six stripes at the top the Regimental Commander One and two stripers stand duty as Company Officers of the Day meaning they take accountability for

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=65007 (2016-02-15)
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  • My New Major...Management - Glick January 2015
    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 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs My New Major Management Academics Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts As Winter Storm Juno hits New England I finally get a chance to catch up on my cadet blogs School was cancelled Tuesday and Wednesday which was a nice break in the routine January flew by and starting next week it will be February This semester for me so far hasn t been as stressful as the last as I am taking four less credit hours and I am already adjusted to the duties of a 3 c cadet I am excited to take classes in my new major Management like Financial Accounting and Organizational Behavior and Leadership Financial Accounting has been a bit of a struggle for us all but that s just because it s something most of us have never learned I switched my major to Management because I wanted to learn about how the Coast Guard efficiently manages manpower materials and money I am interested in a Human Resources ashore career between afloat assignments and I think I can make a difference in

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6584 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Month of Closure - Glick December 2014
    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 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Month of Closure Just for Fun The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts December has been a month of closure I say goodbye to 2014 and what a year it has been 2014 was jammed packed with 4 c indoctrination boards the end of 4 c year 3 c summer on Eagle and a 210 foot cutter and the first half of 3 c year Last semester was challenging not only because I had 20 credit hours but also because there was nobody constantly checking up on me Unlike 4 c year there isn t a whole lot of pressure to keep up grades room standards or really much of anything So it was a challenge to keep myself motivated when nobody was watching At the Academy there is a sponsor parent program which pairs cadets with local adults around the Academy community to unwind during liberty hours I was paired with a Senior Chief Petty Officer who has helped me escape the Academy over the weekends to golf and enjoy good food Last week I went to the International Debutante Ball in New

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6578 (2016-02-15)
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  • A Month of Change - Glick November 2014
    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 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 November 2011 cadet blogs A Month of Change Academics The Cadet Experience Class of 2017 Permanent link All Posts This month for me is a month of change People grow apart friends and significant others go separate ways and new friends are made 3 c year is a time of change as the seasons change with us I recently changed my major to Management from Government and I am excited to start learning about something I know nothing about I am making new friends leaving some behind and learning a lot about myself A 3 c cadet is a 4 c cadet who can look around I ve been looking around a lot and taking in the Academy and my perspective is a lot different than last year As a 3 c you see everything that s right with this place and the few things that should be improved I am going to church more often finding meaning in life and looking forward to the rewards of 2 c summer I am rehashing out who I am learning what I like and learning what I don t like but I am still the same person I am still active with cadet bands and my brass band is playing at this year s winter formal in the wardroom I am helping my 4 c through

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6244 (2016-02-15)
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  • Kicking Off Fall Semester - Glick August 2014
    Permanent link All Posts With CAP week over fall semester is about to kick off The fall semester so I have experienced last semester is a term where each cadet whether returning from leave completing Swab Summer or pumped up from coordinating cadre summer is still learning their new roles as a cadet The 1 c are either in command positions on Regimental or Company Staff or are acting as division officers in one of the eight companies The second class are finding themselves as budding leaders having completed the execution of the Swab Summer training program and are either re buying into the system or growing weary of it longing for graduation The new cadets having completed Swab Summer wait for classes to start in anxiety yet are jubilant having completed quite possibly the hardest summer of their lives As third class cadets we are still underclassmen yet not leaders but not quite followers We are labeled as role modelers or those underclassmen who have been around the block and need to guide the fourth class cadets to success in their first year Third class so I ve been told by the brass at our meetings is typically the missing class or the class at the Academy that fades into the background There is an excellent opportunity to do the bear minimum as a third class but there is also an excellent opportunity to find what you really enjoy and more importantly what you do not enjoy CAPT Pulver the Commanding Officer on Eagle encouraged our class to use this precious time to find out who we are as cadets and to not squander it I am excited to start the school year and my schedule is packed tightly This is potentially my hardest semester at the Academy with

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6090 (2016-02-15)
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  • Expect the Unexpected - Glick July 2014
    to another cutter close to home Today I passed my Repair Party Electrician RPE board oral examination On Eagle we learned Damage Control basics that is how to control fire flooding and general emergencies in a maritime environment I was never exposed to firefighting or emergency response growing up but learning the basics on Eagle piqued my interest When I came aboard my summer unit after Eagle I made it my goal to obtain the advanced qualification After completing that qualification early I flipped to the back of the book to see what was left Repair Electrician I knew nothing about electricity before I got on this boat and admittedly I was a bit intimidated by something I knew nothing about Luckily my unit is preparing for Tailored Ship s Training and Availability TSTA which measures on an annual basis each unit s knowledge efficiency and strategy in responding to a wide variety of emergencies from an engine room fire to a man overboard pickup There s been a drill almost every day and the cadets were given the opportunity to participate in each one I started to learn more and more about setting up casualty power systems from the emergency diesel generator how to electrically and mechanically isolate a space and the principles behind power generation I found myself studying something I never thought I would be interested in and the Electrician s Mate Chief on board and other electrician s mates took the time out of their day to go over the qualification I surprised myself and passed the board and now I m RPE qualified Who d a thunk I would be interested in electricity This summer has exposed me to different parts of the Coast Guard interacting with different people from different backgrounds from Operation Specialists to Food Service Specialists There are many different personalities both good and bad That was unexpected Nearly everybody at the Academy behaves in a uniform manner and strictly adheres to the honor concept There are people in the fleet who do not do this to my surprise and even people who don t like cadets for no reason The Coast Guard is like any other organization there are really good people and there is the handful of not so good people In their defense we sometimes get in the way and there s times where we can t help out but we mean well Luckily this is only a small fraction of people in the real Coast Guard Most people are welcoming and curious and receptive to having cadets aboard their unit especially the command The other 3 c cadets and I attended a wardroom outing with all of the officers in Charleston and there was some great conversation Charleston was one of my favorite port calls another surprise Having visited Aruba Puerto Rico Mexico and Baltimore s Inner Harbor Charleston had the most to do some of the friendliest people and the best weather Admittedly Aruba was a close

    Original URL path: http://www.cga.edu/blog.aspx?id=6044 (2016-02-15)
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