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How do the formal dances work? Is it only for upperclassmen?
sorrythatwasrudeofme asked

Hey! Sorry for the delay, I’ve been quite busy with work lately. Formals are pretty straight forward. There are a couple each year. The winter formal is open to any cadet at the Academy, it’s typically held in early to mid december. Then each class has their own specific formal in the spring. Every cadet is required to attend at least one formal a year.

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Sunset while on duty aboard USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10)

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy Cadets Second Class Aurimas Juodka, left, and Sheila Bertrand with prospective cadet, or ‘swab,’ Kevin Lennox at Bravo Company’s reporting-in day. Monday began the seven-week ‘Swab Summer’ for the class of 2018, in New London, Conn., where 250 prospective cadets start the program designed to indoctrinate them to the military life. Associated Press
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If they're not a cadre, what do the 1st, 2nd, etc do during the summers? Is it only they're incoming year that they don't have a full summer vacation? When does the school year usually end at the Academy? And what was your experience with Swab Summer like? Would you say letters help? If you can't tell, I have a friend currently starting his journey with the Academy. Anything else I should know?
nikkiwikkink asked

Hey, sorry for the delay, I just got back off leave for a classmate’s wedding. I figured I would just answer your questions here in bullet points:

  • They will never have a full sumer vacation. Every summer is a training opportunity. Their first summer is “boot camp.” Their second summer is spent experiencing life as a junior enlisted person and on EAGLE. Their third summer is spent being cadre to the incoming Swabs (Doing all the yelling) and the fourth summer is spent back in the fleet training to be Junior Officers. They will get about 3 weeks off during each summer other than the first though.
  • School year ends in mid-may where they then head out to their respective units/training.
  • My experience with Swab Summer was the same as everyone else’s… its absolutely terrible while you’re doing it, and then afterwards, the only thing you can remember were all the “hilarious” things that happened.
  • Letters are definitely helpful.
  • Be supportive and realize when he comes home for the first time, he’s going to be weird. He’s going to be different, and he’s going to tell stories that he thinks are absolutely hilarious, but which to you will sound quite… dumb. It’s one of those “you had to be there” things.

As always, if anyone has any questions, I’ll do my best to answer those I”m knowledgable about, and direct you towards resources for those that I’m not.

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Set the buoy! Even volcanic eruptions won’t stop USCG cutter Hickory from getting the job done.

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Coast Guard Tall Ship

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Great video with all the #armedforces #army #navy #airforce #marines #coastguard songs Armed Forces Medley:

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02 JUN 2014 - GM3 Samuel A. Peikert receives the Silver Lifesaving Medal from CAPT Steve C. Truhlar, chief of operations for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, 29 May 2014.  He received the award for his heroic action while off-duty on 14 July 2012, when he pulled an injured father and son from the San Marcos River.  Read the full award citation here.

Bravo Zulu Shipmate!

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MH-65 Dolphin helicopter based out of Port Angeles CGAS overflying Seattle at last year’s Seafair

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2016 is experiencing their second class summer… way to make me feel old…

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30 MAY 2014 - ADM Paul F. Zukunft succeed ADM Robert J. Papp as the 25th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard today, in a change of command ceremony held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.  Zukunft used the opportunity to unveil his Commandant’s Direction 2014,  The document introduces his three guiding principles: Service to Nation, Duty to People, and Commitment to Excellence.

Zukunft previously served as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area.  In 2010, he served as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Spill, where he directed over 47,000 responders, 6500 vessels, and 120 aircraft.  Zukunft’s three Command Afloat billets include the cutters Cape Upright, Harriet Lane, and Rush.

Congrats ADM Zukunft and thank you ADM Papp for your service to our country!

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New London, CT + U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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Happy Memorial Day! We thank all men and women that have served to keep this country safe!

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Memorial Day

Eternal Father Lord of Hosts,

Watch o’er all those who guard our coasts,

Protect them from the raging seas,

And give them life and light and peace,

Grant them, from thy great throne above,

The Shield and Shelter of Thy love.

BM3 Obendorf

BMCS Horne

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Freedom is not free. Thank you for your sacrifices.