Difficult Swab Summer

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  1. FriendofCGA

    FriendofCGA New Member

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    This was a very difficult summer at the academy. How many swabs from the class of 2013 were lost from medical deferrals and resignations?
     
  2. shellz

    shellz Parent

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    My son thought that Echo lost 3....not sure about the other companies. Do you think this summer was rougher than previous summers? If so, why? Just bad luck with injuries, etc? Thanks for your response and perspective. :smile:
     
  3. Stitch626

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    I know there were alot of health issues, what with the swine flu & all the upper respiratory things they normally battle over the summer.
    My daughter & I talked yesterday - she didn't mention how many Alfas dropped recently, but did tell me about Sea Trials and how "wickedly hard" they were! She has now been moved to Hotel Company for the academic year and was psyched for liberty today (going to get her nails done:smile: - with a friend - another new name I haven't heard of yet -- can't keep track of all of them!) I know she had bronchitis and a hip injury from running into a wall and mentioned several others with injuries but not bad enough to drop.
     
  4. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Well, I was in Bravo and I can tell you that Bravo dropped from 38 on R-Day to, now taking myself out of the picture, 28. I am pretty sure we lost the most out of all the companies, I know that others lost 5 or 6. Most of Bravo's, including myself, were due to medical disenrollment. We only had 2 actual DORs (or CCRs) as the Superintendent is calling them. For those of you who don't know, DOR means Drop on Request. Me personally, I was one of the lucky ones to get swine flu and pneumonia at the same time and I also suffered a shoulder and abdominal injury. well, back to orderlies!
     
  5. fairwinds

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    I apologize if this is a dumb question, but what constitutes a medical disenrollment? My son is seriously looking at USCGA. How did your injuires occur and is this normal? Were any pre-existing conditions? Thanks for any light you can shed on this subject!
     
  6. Stitch626

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    Track & Field - wow - all those illnesses & injuries! :eek: I hope you heal well & return next year! Are they holding a spot for you? I'm sort of assuming with all that going on, you didn't make Eagle or Sea Trials? Is that why they disenrolled you, or did you request it? I wish you well!
     
  7. beaver1

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    So let me get this right....you got accepted and went to SWAB summer. but before finishing you got sick as well as injured and that's it. You are done? Do you go back in September 2009 and start your academic program you do you have to start all over for next year September 2010? It is interesting that at this late point you would now have to go back to some colleges and ask to attend after saying no. How does this work. This is scary.
     
  8. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    Okay...I'll answer one person at a time just to make it easier to follow. But first, I didnt mean to stress anyone out with my post. This summer has been unusual in terms of illnesses what with the swine flu and all.

    Fairwinds:

    As for what constitutes a medical disenrollment, I cannot really answer that question as each case is looked at individually by the Chief Medical Officer, Captain Getka. You are not usually penalized for illnesses as it is not something you have control over. As for my injuries, my shoulder injury occurred at the end of the first week, part over-extension, part my doctor rotated my shouder during my physical pretty roughly and irritated it more. My abdominal injury is more of what my doctor, in non-medical terms, called "abdominal migraines." Neither of these were the disqualifying factor.

    Stitch626:

    The main reason for my disenrollment is because I missed too much training. With a week in the Ward for swine flu and another week in the Ward for a reason I was never told of, I missed too much apparently. Honestly, I was actually in Swab Summer for an extra week which I think should cancel out my second time in the Ward as I did not go on Eagle and, had they allowed me to, I would have done Sea Trials as well as I was up with everyone anyway...I was just in Chase Hall all day by myself. As for holding a spot for me, I was denied a deferral for reasons I don't even know.

    Beaver1:

    CAP week, or Cadet Administration Processing week, started this week...I am currently still at the Academy, even though I found out I was being disenrolled almost 2 weeks ago. I wish I could stay but no, I am leaving Wednesday and will reapply to join the class of 2014. If not, i will apply for the class of 2015...I'm not giving up on the Coast Guard just yet. I'll go through Swab Summer again, it'll just be one more obstacle.
     
  9. beaver1

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    Good luck to you. Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Hang in there
     
  10. Rocky33

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    T&F - Semper Gumby, Semper Paratus, Hang in there! Stay the course and re-apply. Wishing you the best of luck!:thumb:
     
  11. Stitch626

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    Wow - sounds like you got a raw deal. But, if it is what you really want (sounds like it:smile:), reapply for next year! It will certainly prove to them that you are serious - to be willing to go through all of Swab Summer again! Go get some courses at a local college and maybe you will be able to validate some of them next year. I wish you the best and hope to see you there next year!
     
  12. Luigi59

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    For the record, the historical data on involuntary "medical disenrollments" (going back to the Class of 2008, beginning in June 2004) shows that they are extremely rare at USCGA.
     
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    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014

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    That's true, and I am not saying that the thought process is not logical, I was just never fully told what I was being dis-enrolled for. And, even though they are rare, they still happen. I want to be here, especially now that all of my classmates are walking around with their shoulder boards. But, just to keep people from having negative reactions to the USCGA, my case is extremely rare and only happens to a few, if any of us. It had nothing to do with admissions or the Chase Hall side, it is all purely medical. I still really love the school and I have accepted all that has happened and am not taking it personally, it is just an extremely frustrating situation right now. Saying all of that, I think I can be given the benefit of the doubt in not agreeing. There is a whole lot more personal information about this situation that I want to keep between myself, my family, and the medical clinic. It was a difficult summer but it was also, quite possibly, the best summer of my life and if swab summer is as good in the future as it was this year, then I do not necessarily mind doing it over.
     
  14. Rocky33

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    Quotations from DC & Green Bay

    "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorius triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." (T. Roosevelt)
    "I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious." (V. Lombardi)
    RE-APPLY!:thumb: Good Luck!
     
  15. J Collins

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    :) Joyce is the class of 2014 ! :)
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    "Most difficult" is hard to determine. For one, illness can make some things tough, but I don't think harder. In fact, I think sick swabs is harder on cadre than swabs. Cadre need to check up on their swabs, and are unable to get a good "feel" for the platoon as a whole when members are missing. At the same time, swabs aren't being trained while they are isolated. They miss out on training, some of which is "scary" and gets them out of their comfort zone.

    Is swab summer difficult? Yep! Was this the most difficult swab summer ever? I doubt it. Things used to be much worse (before I was a swab).
     
  17. FriendofCGA

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    I had heard from a well placed sourse that in the future... Swabs that have missed more than two weeks of summer training will be deferred to the following class. Health and training issues did have a profound impact on the class of 2013. Just waiting on Luige or Objee to post the statistics.
     
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    Fourth-class cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy marched to join their companies after receiving their shoulder boards, marking their official entry into the corps of cadets, during a ceremony Monday on the academy's Washington Parade Field.

    The ceremony comes at the end of the seven-week Swab Summer, in which the members of the Class of 2013 were indoctrinated into military life.


    http://admissions.uscga.edu/i2e/news/news_details.asp?CID=459

    Congrats to 2013! Now the hard part begins. :wink:
     
  19. shellz

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    Gulp....:eek: The hard part.....meaning swab summer wasn't hard? lol I was just thankful to know that my son made it through the summer, and now I have a whole new set of things to worry about. Thanks Luigi....:shake:

    I'm sure the challenges will be many, but hopefully the class of 2013 is ready to step up and succeed.
     
  20. Stitch626

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    Just got this from the Parent's Association site:

    Per LCDR Felger the Class of 2013 stands strong at 272 cadets.
     

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