Hi everybody, I just received my appointment to the Coast Guard Academy! While I am super excited, I am also trying to have some of my questions answered before I commit myself to four years of military college. No one in my family has ever gone into the military before so I'd like to apologize in advance of some of my questions are no-brainers. I'm supposed to go down and visit the academy in the near future. The part of the academy that makes me the most nervous is the first year. I know the basics about memorizing things, squaring meals and having to ask permission to go around a upper class men. But what are the punishments if I do these things wrong? Basically what's the worst thing that could happen to me for screwing up? Also if anyone has any tips for swab summer? Is there a big difference between fourth and third class year? Do I still have to square meals and memorize things third class year? After you graduate, do you have to get jobs in your major or can you chose whatever you want? I was pretty close on the weight requirement coming into this. I know I have to weigh in under the weight requirement on r-day but after that, How strict are they about the weight requirement? How does it work with body fat percentage? I read somewhere that I only have to be under 35% body fat, but I wasn't sure if that was true or not. Lastly, can freshman join clubs? Or does that conflict with the whole no befriending the upper class men thing? Thanks in advance for any enlightenment you guys can give me! I know there's a lot of questions there but anything you can tell me will help. Hopefully I will be joining the class of 2019!