Nov 16, 2010
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13 Sep 2010 01:00 PM
    any tips?
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    13 Sep 2010 05:45 PM
    Anyone else shipping reporting to basic that day?
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    16 Sep 2010 07:58 PM
    Hey Cali Kid.  I am shipping the same day.  The fact that you just put, "Kid" makes me feel old... as I am 25!  ugh.  And I hope you have thick skin of you're coming from California.  However, it was chilly while I was there in February.
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    16 Sep 2010 08:15 PM
    Congratulations! Ya I'm pretty young I'm only 20. I'm from Nor Cal the winters are chilly but nothing like NJ I'm sure we only have maybe 3-8nights a winter were it gets below freezing. Where are you shipping from? Any idea what are company name could be?
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    16 Sep 2010 08:57 PM
    I went from Clearlake all the way down to Los Angeles in February. For someone who never travels, it was very pretty... despite what I had previously stated to my uncle out there. I retract my statement. Yeah, I am not ready for that weather! I am currently in Kentucky where I went to grad school and am currently working. I'll be moving back to Indiana in October though. I haven't heard anything on the name. I was wondering that myself. By the way, I'm Sara.
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    01 Oct 2010 12:03 PM
    I'm shipping out that day aswell from midcoast Maine. I'm pretty excited, how about you two? Also I imagine we'll hear about our company/s (Don't really know how those things are decided)  name/s after we arrive. 
    -Zack
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    01 Oct 2010 08:57 PM
    Nice man welcome aboard.
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    01 Oct 2010 09:05 PM
    I have a friend who went in back in March. She knew her company's name before she left. Perhaps... maybe not. Hoe are you coming along on your Helmsman and physical preparation? I am absolutely terrified. Being the oldest and slowest is not in my vocab. Hope all is well in Maine!
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    01 Oct 2010 10:08 PM
    Thank you,well I don't think I'm doing alright with the helmsman,but as for a physical preparation. I feel that I need to work on my running a bit ( I definitely don't want to be the slowest either!) Things in Maine are very well, I'm very glad to have a shipment day in the fall , I was worried that I might get it during the summer heat. What rates are you two wanting to get? I'm trying to decide between ME and BM.
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    03 Oct 2010 09:48 AM
    Whoops, I meant to say I think I'm doing alright*
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    05 Oct 2010 11:54 AM
    That's great! Those are good rates. I am indecisive at the moment, but really believe that I want HS. I just want to have the patience to hold out that long. haha. Otherwise I may go OS. All of this non-rate talk has me worried. I need to work on the push-ups! My legs can handle it (for the most part) now my arms .... eeek. I do not have the 13 general orders memorized. I've been so busy!
    I signed this morning. There are 5 of us (3 female, 2 male) shipping from Louisville the same day. Let's hope some of us end up together! I'm dreading the east coast winter. I do not hear good things.
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    05 Oct 2010 04:37 PM
    Cape May winters are warmer than Bowling Green and with much less snow, but it will be windier.
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    08 Oct 2010 01:55 PM
    Add one more...
    DEPing in next week and reporting November 16th. Coming from Southern California, Glad to see I'm not the only one!
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    09 Oct 2010 05:43 PM
    Yes!  Welcome aboard, Lance!  Man .... if you can make it in the winter, I think I'll be okay.  Eager to meet you all in November.  I DEP on Tuesday.
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    09 Oct 2010 05:52 PM
    I do not have the 13 general orders memorized.


    Aren't there 11 general orders?
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    09 Oct 2010 06:03 PM
    Yeah ... .definitely 11. Hey ... I've been a busy girl and was hoping no one would catch that! But now that things are slowing down .... I will definitely have more time to study. Cut me some slack.
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    09 Oct 2010 06:05 PM
    heh, just thought it was funny, sorry
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    09 Oct 2010 06:18 PM
    No worries. You'll find that I pull some pretty stupid moves. Are you setting sail with us?
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    09 Oct 2010 06:28 PM
    No. jan. 11. Just bored and reading every ilttle bit of information I can, even these lol
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    11 Oct 2010 12:21 PM
    I'm leaving Nov 16! Im here in New Orleans, Louisiana
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    11 Oct 2010 12:24 PM
    I'm leaving Nov 16! Im here in New Orleans, Louisiana. I'm going for Active Duty and I already have my A School set up for Operation Specialist. I'm so siked! Nice to meet yall.
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    11 Oct 2010 03:22 PM
    OS thats very cool man congrats. I believe your A school is in Petaluma, Ca. beautiful place.
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    11 Oct 2010 08:24 PM
    Thanks CK! Yeah it is Petaluma, I've read everything I can for it. It sounds great!
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    13 Oct 2010 08:44 AM
    Three things to memorize....

    1) 11 General Orders
    2) Chain of Command
    3) Plan of the Week

    You forget these and it = IT
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    13 Oct 2010 10:37 AM
    wait, what is plan of the week?
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    15 Oct 2010 02:54 PM
    another Nov. 16th here out of Ocean City, MD. so i'm a quick ferry ride from Cape May, and yeah the winters around here are pretty wet and cold, but the summers are brutally hot and humid. so you can't win either way! my name is Adam. and Sara, i'll be 25 this month so don't worry you're not the only gramps!
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    15 Oct 2010 02:57 PM
    also Alec: awesome you're from New Orleans. my brother is an MST there and lives in Metairie. I lived there for 6 months in '08 when i was with Americorps and i loved it
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    15 Oct 2010 11:30 PM
    Posted By Wisper7 on 13 Oct 2010 11:37 AM
    wait, what is plan of the week?


    A list of things you need to memorize and it changes everyday, you'll find out once you get there.
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    17 Oct 2010 04:17 PM
    yeah Tullbot I like it alot.It's so pro-community down here, everyone likes you (if your a Saints fan). *sigh.........Im so rdy to leave already!
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    18 Oct 2010 09:07 AM
    That's awesome. Nice to meet you all.  I am excited about going but am also terrified!  I wanted to go HS, but when I went to swear in last week the recruiter said I need to go OCS ASAP (well, when picked up).... so I'm guessing OS is going to be my route. It was a toss up between OS and HS from the beginning anyway.  I hear MST is awesome.  The Chief at my recruiters office is MST.

    Thanks!  I'm still somewhat old. haha.  However, another shipping out Nov. 16th from the area just turned 26.  Perhaps this is a wise choice on our part.  Yeah .... I'm from Indiana and have seen the ocean three times in my life.  I've only put my toes in it twice.... I guess we'll see how it goes.
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    19 Oct 2010 06:15 AM
    well one good thing about it is that there are definitely older recruits joining the coast guard than other branches. so hopefully we are among good company. Sara have you put in your OCS package yet? i was going to do a dual application but i think i'm just going to get my paperwork in once i'm through boot camp and get my orders. long list from what i understand.

    i was in New Orleans from March-September of 08 so i wasn't there for football season. a good thing i guess!

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    19 Oct 2010 10:32 AM
    Yes. I think it'll be good to have a nice mixture in boot. I am anxious about the company, that's for sure. Perhaps some of us will manage to go through together. I didn't submit my package. It was definitely ready to go. Maybe this just wasn't the right time. Initially I thought that I'd go HS and just stick with it instead of going OCS. Who really knows. Don't we now have to make E-5 before we can submit for OCS now? I never typically get things on the first try (just ask my capstone committee for school.... ha). I definitely think it'll take a try or... three or four before I get there.

    Americorps, eh? How was that? Most people I know loved their experience. Best wishes for a fast week!
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    20 Oct 2010 07:10 PM
    if you have a degree you don't have to make E-5. without a degree you do need to make E-5 before you can apply. but my thinking was that if i do end up doing OCS later that i should spend some time enlisted first. and who knows maybe i'll like it and not want to go to OCS. and Americorps, yeah i loved it. i did one year in NCCC and one with a state program working for Habitat for Humanity in delaware. NCCC was super exciting and i was lucky enough to spend most of in along the gulf. primarily in new orleans and the surrounding area. so hows your preparation going?
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    20 Oct 2010 07:23 PM
    If you are shipping on NOV 16 you are going to be in the same company, barring the possibility that the company is too big and gets split (not likely). FYI you guys will be Hotel-184, good luck. You're gonna need it.
    “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee
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    21 Oct 2010 07:31 PM
    That's great about Americorps. I have really heard nothing but good things about the program. It really gave you an opportunity to travel which is nice! Prep's going.... I wouldn't say my arms are anywhere where they should be. I think that's going to be my toughest part. I can meet the qualifications, but 15 pushups in a minute.... really... that sounds pretty sad. I'm hoping my little brother can kick my butt into gear when I move back to IN next weekend. I'm worried about the swim without pool access, but I think I can manage. Legs are good stuff. I run and spin quite a bit. And the bookwork .... is getting there. How about you?
    Thanks for the info on OCS! I had heard two different stories. So it's good to know that it's a possibility. Maybe I will hold out for HS now. I think I'd prefer it over OS and if I apply, I apply. I'll definitely take my time in getting there I'm sure.
    Thanks for the info, Gears. I had heard we would be split originally. Thanks for the well wishes too .... we're going to need lots of it! Hotel-184. It seems so real now. Granted, it'll probably be a nightmare later.
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    21 Oct 2010 08:43 PM
    I know one of your CCs. It's gonna be a nightmare, but in the good way.
    “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee
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    21 Oct 2010 08:55 PM
    Hey guys,
    Had my date switched to November 29th. I hope only the best for you guys and good luck!
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    21 Oct 2010 09:20 PM
    yeah! we were like a hippie version of road rules, only instead of get drunk and fight, we got drunk and did disaster relief work lol. it really was a great experience, fond memories. hopefully more on the way with our new adventure. yeah i'm a little concerned about the run. my cross country days are WELL behind me. and i'm hoping i can get through the rest of it at the minimum. what is HS? i know i should probably know that haha.

    and gears, i've never had a good nightmare. never.
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    22 Oct 2010 04:59 AM
    Tullbot,



    HS is Health Services Tech, basically a mechanic for people.
    “I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” ― Bruce Lee
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    23 Oct 2010 11:42 AM
    Got drunk and did disaster relief work? Well, that sounds like college. I’m not really the party girl type, so this whole “military party” thing is going to be interesting. I’m too old for that business. My cross days ended 7 years ago. I’ve been doing 5ks, but I’m not great by any means. Really worried about the ol’ upper body strength. Definitely need a buff dude to yell at me and tell me how much I suck. Ha. Health Services Tech. I guess we’ll see. Gears, did you go BM? I can’t remember.

    I, too, have never had a good nightmare. I’ve had plenty of nightmares though. Not really looking forward to living this one out for an entire 8 weeks. I’m starting to wonder what I did to myself.
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    24 Oct 2010 07:56 PM
    My friend just got out of Coast Guard Basic Training. He said you will be starting to question Day 1 and that sleep deprivation begins Day 1. He gave me some tips, although he could'nt tell me everything. Here is some tips he gave me and ones that I have collected.
    1. Don't touch your face
    2. Don't point
    3. Do NOT look at ANY of the Company Commanders unless thier showing you how to do something, and def dont stare them in the eyes. Also do not look into their offices. He told me that one guy did that and the Company Commander made him go to every Company Commader office and say,"Peek a Boo".
    4. Don't take anything personal your going to have,"your day". When the Company Commanders are just dogging you out.
    5. Dont smile
    6. Take NOTHING personal
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    26 Oct 2010 07:30 PM
    so coast boot camp is like an avenged sevenfold video? why didn't anyone just tell me that. it ALL MAKES SENSE NOW

    and Sara i'm nowhere near the fitness level of the old cross country days. i think i'm most worried about the run. aside from the actual test, i wonder how much running we will actually do?
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    26 Oct 2010 08:38 PM
    I've been checking out the videos on youtube. Yeah ... I'm that girl. Looks like a little, but not much. Lots of IT. I am worried about the sit and reach. haha. I can't touch my toes, none of my siblings can either. I don't know what's wrong with us.

    Getting a little nervous, but it'll all be worth it. So ... are we looking at a January 14th Grad Day if not reverted? Thanks for the info, Alec. I'm a little worried about my "dancing eyebrows."
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    26 Oct 2010 10:08 PM
    Posted By tullbot on 26 Oct 2010 08:30 PM
    so coast boot camp is like an avenged sevenfold video?

    Yes. Keep that in mind when you meet your CCs for the first time.



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    27 Oct 2010 05:46 AM
    haha alright i'll remember that. now i'm probably going to laugh.

    are there videos online aside from "Its Only 8 Weeks?" i've heard those are very outdated, in fact we watched them when we went to see my brother graduate in 2005. you should just shave your head and eyebrows, that way they wont be able to tell they're dancing!

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    31 Oct 2010 01:21 PM
    My name is Andrew. Im shipping out the 16th of November out of Columbus, Ohio. I've got my general orders memorized and im still working on the physical aspect of training. I'm excited to go to basic and start my career. Any pointers i should know about before I go into basic?
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    01 Nov 2010 03:41 AM
    Alec who was your recruiter?? I flew from NO last year in April and had John Devine. He was pretty good he drove 4 hours to my place and took me to NO each time I had to.

    As far as general orders go I suggest you know them before you get there and dress decent no sagging pants for the guys and no bellies showing for the girls.

    *Noregrets* as far as you go being a nonrate is not all that bad... I complain daily but its because of some of the people I work with. On the days those people aren't around I love being a nonrate... besides the lesser pay its a pretty sweet deal. I mean I am going OS because I need more pay and do not feel like waiting for MST (which I wish it was a shorter wait) but I'm happy with my decision. I'm already an OS in training where I'm at so to speak...

    Also, to the ones asking about your company name it will be a letter from the phonetic alphabet.. I.e. Alpha, bravo, charlie, delta.... with a number behind it like 184 or 185 not sure where they are with the numbers these days.

    I was a part of Oscar 181. Before I shipped my recruiter told me who my lead Company Commander was which was the guy in the just 8 weeks video last year and the year before I believe he is now the Section Commander... He is Chief Ruchser and totally awesome but don't tell him I told you that!

    Gears who is their CC?? No one beats mine!!! BMC RUCHSER! Love that old man lmao. And AETC PENA(RETIRED)
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    Gears who is their CC??


    They'll find out when they get there. They can be assured they are going to be trained by some of the most dedicated Coasties I've ever met.
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    01 Nov 2010 09:21 PM
    Welcome Andrew! Getting nervous? The butterflies are rolling here. I've recruited my 23 year-old younger brother in assisting me with the upper-body core exercises (push-ups, etc). I am pretty sure he's enjoying the free reign he has over yelling at me and ordering me to do more. A little payback on his end, I think.

    Well, the dedicated CC part is wonderful. Despite the fact that I'm going to be miserable, I'll definitely appreciate it at the end.
    Tullbot, there's a plenty of new recruiting videos. A guy from my university was a part of XRAY- 181. http://www.youtube.com/USCGRecruiting ..... there are several videos following 4 different recruits over the span of 8 weeks (well, for the most part. One was discharged around Week 4). Even in that, it was very insightful to listen to the recruit explain struggles and reasons behind decision. Hope that helps.
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    02 Nov 2010 09:04 AM
    great thanks sara i will definitely check them out! has your brother turned you into a pushup beast yet? Andrew if you are from columbus you should have no problem at all with the cold!
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    02 Nov 2010 03:54 PM
    Sara - Actually i thought i would be getting really nervous to leave by now, but im feeling pretty excited. I think i should have worked on the running and working out a little more than i should have but i should be fine.
    Tullbot - Im not actually from Columbus, im from a little town called West Manchester west of Columbus. We have close to the same winters sometimes colder.

    Thank you for your replies.


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    06 Nov 2010 08:16 AM
    Hi Everyone! I've enjoyed looking over these forums for the past year now as, my son, Andrew has gone about the process of entering the Coast Guard. If anyone is interested there is a FB page set up for Hotel 184. It is http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk...3432528211 or you can search within FB under USCG Hotel 184. There is also a page set up for family, relatives, and friends at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk...455634868. Hope to see some of your family there so we can commiserate while you all are at Cape May! Congratulations on your wonderful decision to become a Coastie and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks. -- Dawn
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    07 Nov 2010 09:31 AM
    Thanks for sharing, Dawn. We appreciate it. Man .... a little over a week. My stomach's in knots already! Let's do this.
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    07 Nov 2010 01:16 PM
    Lets do this 9 more days!
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    09 Nov 2010 09:51 AM
    thank you for posting that Dawn! my mother set up a facebook profile just so she could join that group and hopefully see a few pictures of us, and talk with some other family members.

    gang, i'm a bucket of nerves. anyone else? definitely need to just do this and get it done with
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    09 Nov 2010 10:28 AM
    Lol. Tulbot we can do this! Were Hotel 184. Just don't get excited or nervous and study the crap out of anything you can find.
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    09 Nov 2010 02:12 PM
    haha i hope you're right. i think its just going to be getting used to the routine of it that will be the biggest struggle. and i could definitely stand to brush up a bit on the old general orders. you making out alright on your required knowledge?
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    09 Nov 2010 05:52 PM
    Posted By tullbot on 09 Nov 2010 10:51 AM
    thank you for posting that Dawn! my mother set up a facebook profile just so she could join that group and hopefully see a few pictures of us, and talk with some other family members.

    gang, i'm a bucket of nerves. anyone else? definitely need to just do this and get it done with

    tullbot, your quite welcome.  My mom had her own FB page already, but ole Dad wanted to jump on the bandwagon so he wouldn't miss out on anything, so I set up his page too.  They have already hit the "Like" button on the USCG Hotel 184 page
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    09 Nov 2010 08:49 PM
    Required knowledge.... those general orders are still getting the best of me! Everything else is pretty much cake. If possible, you may want to review the most recent CG publication or at least knowledge on Munro.

    I guarantee I'm going to suck hardcore. I can study like crazy, review everything under the sun, and workout like mad... but I guarantee I will still not be up to par. However, I don't think hardly anyone is. Let's just get this over with already. We're all in this together, Hotel-184. We're going to have to be one big happy family from here on out.
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    10 Nov 2010 11:34 AM
    I'm ready to ROCK N' ROLL!!!!
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    @Tublot Yeah I got some stuff down, of course it will not be enough. My friend just got back and said relax. They will get you physcially fit and you have tons of time to study. Also I choose this method to help me with my General Orders.
    I got it off of Yahoo Answers.
    Ok, this is how I remember them, and it still works, obviously because I'm typing them now.
    1st General Order: To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
    Think of the government as #1, or I only have one credit card, so I can only charge 1 thing.
    2nd General Order: To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
    You walk on two legs and observe with two eyes.
    3rd General Order: To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
    Think of the 3 strikes law, 3 strikes your out, 3 violations...
    4th General Order: To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
    If you are golfing you want to pass on FORE! so the people farther down don't get hit in the head.
    5th General Order: To quit my post only when properly relieved.
    You quit work at 5pm.
    6th General Order: To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only.
    This one I remember 6th order, 6 people: Sentry, Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, Officer and Petty Officers.
    7th General Order: To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
    You have 7 friends you can't talk to til you are off work.
    8th General Order: To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
    Think of Wendy's, think of the 8 alarm burger.
    9th General Order: To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
    Nine means no in some countries, no instructions call the OOD.
    10th General Order: To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.
    10 words without the to, or O-10 is the highest officer command.
    11th General Order: To be especially watchful at night, and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
    Think of 9/11 and how we challenged the terrorists afterwards, or think that 11pm is dark year round...
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    10 Nov 2010 08:40 PM
    Wow, Alec, that's intense. I pretty much have them down now since you have to know them word-for-word or so I've been told. I just had to make myself write them all down over and over and over again. The benefits of being home is that I'm beyond bored and have nothing better to do with my time at the moment. Now .... the weekend... that will be another story. I'm ready to get this over with so I can stop freaking out. Does anyone know approximately how big our company will be? I looked up the graduating company from Oct. 29th and I believe they only had 24 or so. Crazy how tiny that seems. This time next week we're all going to be in Hell .... oh, I'm just so excited.... (really scared).
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    11 Nov 2010 04:38 AM
    Shipping November 16th from York, PA!

    I was going to ask if everyone is ready and realized that it was a stupid question... I hear you're never quite ready.

    But thats ok, We've got this!
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    ... I'm sorry I'm new to this type of forum so I keep making mistakes. lol Must be the nerves.

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    11 Nov 2010 05:14 AM
    Posted By tullbot on 15 Oct 2010 03:54 PM
    another Nov. 16th here out of Ocean City, MD. so i'm a quick ferry ride from Cape May, and yeah the winters around here are pretty wet and cold, but the summers are brutally hot and humid. so you can't win either way! my name is Adam. and Sara, i'll be 25 this month so don't worry you're not the only gramps!
    You're from Ocean City, MD!? I am 24 and I am from there! Did you go to Decatur? I'm glad to know I'm not the only one in the older category!
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    11 Nov 2010 07:38 AM
    Lol thats how I remember them. Im shipping out from New Orleans!
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    Hi AndersonK! Welcome Aboard. I'm really excited to meet everyone! Don't worry, I have you covered in the "older" category!
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    11 Nov 2010 10:39 AM
    noregrets, Thanks! I am very excited that I found this forum! My name is Karie by the way.

    I can't believe its so close now!
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    11 Nov 2010 01:55 PM
    You're welcome. I'm just happy there's another girl! I'm Sara. You'll find that some of the "vets" on the forum are extremely helpful! I just received a few messages from them that have brightened my day ten-fold. What rate are you considering and how's your studying coming along?
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    11 Nov 2010 05:58 PM
    I'm the same way, I am happy there is another girl, the same age, and sounds like the same situation as me (Putting in for OCS asap). I hope in the short period of time I'm on here I can soak up some wisdom.  My heart at this moment is set on IS as this is what my current Master courses are but I am going in with an open mind as well. Studying is going well. I think I have the 11 General Orders down, just working on the ranks and what they look like, military time, and chain of command. Also, trying to stay calm these last four days out. How about yourself?
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    12 Nov 2010 09:39 AM
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     no way!!! i'm actually from snow hill but i live in ocean pines now.  i'm 25 so no worries on the older factor i'm right there with ya.  what recruiting office did you go through?  if you still live in the area we should meet up sometime before we leave!
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    12 Nov 2010 09:48 AM
    Alec thanks for the study pointers, seeing how much time you put into that makes me realize how little i have! i think i better crush them this weekend
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    12 Nov 2010 10:10 AM
    Wow small world! I went through a recruiting office up in Pennsylvania because I moved up here with my now Husband. But I was for awhile trying Chesapeake and that was nearly impossible. So I went much further north when I moved up this way to get some attention.  Which one did you end up going to? I wish I had checked this site out sooner because I was just down that way last weekend for an early Thanksgiving dinner. We'll be meeting in Philadelphia before we know it though! They flying you out of Baltimore? I have to fly out of Harrisburg, PA to Philadelphia, PA.
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    12 Nov 2010 11:00 AM
    oh awesome!  given the number of accepted applicants nationwide i didn't expect another from the good old eastern shore!  yeah i went through the baltimore office.  they're pretty swamped!  it took me almost a year to get my ship date.  they're flying the three of us that are shipping the 16th from that office out of BWI.  did you go to college in PA as well?
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    It took a year for a shipdate? Holy crap! I am definitely counting my lucky stars. If I had to wait a year I would've said screw it. Man .... that's insane. I guess I did put it off for a year, though. Karie, what's your master's degree in? I just finished mine in Corporate & Organizational Communication. There's no chance in freaking hell I would go back to college unless it's for another bachelors in nursing or something. I'm definitely going to kick my butt into high gear this weekend on the study material. I had made flashcards from the Guardian Handbook, but I really know nothing as far as vessels .... but I do know all aviation aircraft and can name the ratings, but couldn't tell you their insignia. Whoops. Lots to do!
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    tullbot, No kidding! I didn't even try the Baltimore office because I heard it was crazy there. I feel very lucky to find my recruiter in Harrisburg, PA. When I finally decided this branch and this path it only took me 4 months to get a ship date. Where you go I think plays a HUGE part of how quick things move along. I think it so funny that we have to all FLY into PHL even though some of us are really not that far! (I live 1.5 hours away).  I went to school at Salisbury University and got my BS in Marketing and then moved away Dec of 08.

    Sara, I did the same... well I put it off for almost 2 years. I wanted to go be an Officer right out of college but I followed my boyfriend, now Husband to PA. I have not finished my Masters yet though. I got two classes in on my Intelligence Studies degree and realized I loved what I was learning but it was going to be more beneficial to be in the Military and to actually be doing it. Are you going to try to go OCS/DCO? Did they give you a Guardian Handbook? I printed one off the website and have been reading that. I don't know ANY aviation aircraft but I am getting good with the vessels but just their size and types of missions. I have been really trying to learn each individual rating but I've also been concentrating on knowing when to salute and when to say Chief and when to say Petty Officer and just get enough to try to get myself NOT yelled at... too badly. My recruiter numbered my Helmsman for level of importance: 1. General Orders 2. Chain of Command (Order only) 3.Nautical and Military Terminology 4. Phonetic Alphabet. but it could just his opinion.

    Did either of you get any guidance on the pictures? My recruiter told me to bring as many 4X6's as I wanted but I don't want to get in trouble. What was everyones attraction to this branch? Is everyone as ancy/nervous/excited as me? haha Sorry so long!!
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    I wanted to be an Officer as well. I can't go DCO because it's communication.... there's no way that could ever be a possibility. It's a sad shame too because I had to suffer through it to never use it. haha. But you have to start somewhere, I guess. I really don't mind working my way up, though, I'm sure it'll have it's moments. What about you? Intelligence Studies sounds awesome. I could never afford a school like that! I printed 2 copies of the Handbook off online. I need to get my butt into gear tomorrow and just study all day. That was awesome of your recruiter. Did you fill out your Chain of Command? My recruiter really didn't tell me much. In fact, I haven't heard from her in a month. However, the recruiter I met with at MEPS was incredible. I can't complain about either though ... they were both pretty great.

    I told my parents I couldn't take/receive pictures! My sister was a little down considering she and her husband are having a baby a week or so after I leave. I'll have to let them know. I wasn't planning on taking any photos with me. I'm not sure my family can make the trip for Graduation which is sad because I'll have no photos of people from the Company.

    My attraction to the branch. Whew.... okay... I always wanted to join the military but chickened out in high school because we were invading Iraq around that time and was really only pursued by the Army because there's nothing besides that where I'm located. I never knew of the Coast Guard until I was around 20 or so. At 22 I learned that my mentor actually served 11 years and he tells me to this day that his biggest regret in life was ever leaving. Two years ago I met a guy on Christmas Break while visiting my friend from high school. We began dating soon after than and he's a rescue swimmer. Just to hear his stories sucked me in. He didn't stick around much longer than 3-4 months, but the idea of the CG stuck. The rest is history. My parents were anti-enlistment given the education and all. Now, however, they say it's probably the best decision I could've ever made. I hope they're right. What about you? I'm absolutely terrified and feel incredibly unprepared. I just want it to be over. I compare it to going to the doctor, haha. It'll just last a lot longer! Your turn.
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    Sara, I completely relate!

    I actually grew up going "DAD I'M NEVER JOINING THE MILITARY!!" Especially when he was deployed during the first Iraq invasion. But over College, I just grew this HUGE respect for military and realized how elite and amazing of a job they actually do. When I graduated from College though I kept chickining out.When I tried to look into Officer this year they had froze hiring and even though I was in a secure job I just felt like I needed to serve. My sister is Coast Guard, My brother-in-law is Coast Guard, my grandfather was Air Force, and my father is Marine Corps and I didn't think I would ever truly enjoy my job unless I was somehow making a difference. I looked at all the branches and looked at their overall missions and then tried to decide on a path. I made a lot of calls to a lot of different recruiters but I always seemed to come back to the Coast Guard. I have talked to a lot of military in my life and I've had a Col in the Marine Corp tell me that if he could do it again... he'd go Coast Guard... they don't just train - they actually do. That really hit home with me.

    Well I'm only two classes in on my Intelligence Studies and partly because I knew that if I joined the Military that they would help me pay for the rest of it and give me amazing training while I'm there. Communications in the CG sounds like it could be fun, I was just telling my Husband that I would LOVE to be the person who set up the morale events like Mike and Mike in the Morning on the US MOHAWK in Key West, FL. When/If you decide to become and Officer those communication degrees would be perfect for that.

    I think overall I was truly lucky to find my recruiter even though at times I think he forgot he wasn't talking to an 18 year old with no responsibilities to other people but to a 24 year old engaged/married women with a stubborn Husband. But he really did overall set me up for success! (I hope) Aw, I was told we could have pictures ("just don't bring the shoe box") so I figured I was going to take two wallet sized and keep those in my wallet and then two 4X6. If they confiscate them... then.. well my arms will hurt and when I get out I'm calling my recruiter... and letting him know. But he was telling parents on the phone while I was in his office they could send packages to their loved ones in Cape May but only things they NEED, like bobby pins.  Hopefully that means they can send you lots of pictures! I would go crazy not to see pictures of my new nephew/niece. My recruiter also made me call him EVERY friday after I DEPd in just to make sure my status didn't change. I am shipping out with one kid from here, He's 18... made me feel like the old women. You shipping out with many other people?

    My parents were both anti-enlistment as well, especially with my father being a Marine Corps Officer. I remember in Highschool him saying he'd snatch us up real fast if we thought about talking to a recruiter at that point. But I think because of the education giving a better opportunity to advance and just how much he loves the Coast Guard after seeing my Brother-in-law enlisted and my Sister is an Officer.... everyone is saying this if the best decision I could've made as well. Some people think I might not even put in for OCS because I will love enlisted life so much.

     I am COMPLETELY terrified. I go through moments when the crowd is talking and I'm freaking out in my own little world. I feel incredibly unprepared but everyone keeps assuring me that the physical training and the studying I've done... is so above average that if I studied anymore then classes will be boring and hard to stay awake in. I am so ready for it to be graduation day... I keep comparing it to the sunken feeling I get the morning of a Triathlon when I think "What am I doing... you aren't ready for this... oh well... here goes nothing..."  Its just 8 week! right?

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    13 Nov 2010 06:02 AM
    Sara, Not to butt into your conversation... If no one can make it to graduation have your closest shipmate send you pictures from grad and buy the DVD!!! They will sell a DVD from your graduation and that will be a great way to remember the day.
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    i went to Salisbury too! graduated 07. communications major, psych minor. truly small world. but yeah, my first trip to the recruiting office was in january and i went to an orientation that had so many people show up that they made people leave that lived less than an hour away and come back another day. fortunately (i guess) my trip was 2.5 hours so they were willing to talk to me. just thinking about all the people that were there and probably showed up on other days had me a little discouraged, but i'm glad that i stuck with it. like i said i didn't mind the wait too much. i was driving a truck for a small frozen food company. a job i didn't mind, but not one i planned on staying with. good things come to those who wait right? my recruiter told me that 2% of applicants are being accepted right now. so we should all feel very fortunate to have the oppurtunity we do.
    i'm in the same boat as you guys as far as OCS. i'm pretty sure i want to do that but my brother is enlisted, loves it, and says that enlisting even if i later become an officer will only make me a better one because i'll have the experience of starting at the bottom. i kind of like the fact that we get to come in with everything open to us, not having to pick a job before we have even seen that job in action. i know there will be hard work (and likely dirty work) involved with being a non-rate, but personally i'm excited to have the oppurtunity to see it from that perspective before i decide what i want to do.
    i have been working a bit on the required knowledge, i haven't printed a handbook because i don't want to get the Mr. Burns effect, where i try to cram so much in that nothing fits. and the chain of command is a blank page in my helmsman that i think probably should have been filled out by me at some point. can someone tell me what that is?
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    13 Nov 2010 07:50 AM
    First of all, I saw where you were doing tris and I'm jealous. Sprint Tris are on my bucket list! Sounds like you've given it much thought. I was the same way with the other branches .... nothing fit like teh CG does. I have also heard the same thing as far as enlisted career v. Officer career goes. Talk about a military family - you got it! Sounds great. I am excited. And why on earth are you up so stinking early? We'll get that soon enough.

    Thanks Macie! I had seen where there was a dvd. I am definitely going to buy it! I think there's a good chance my mom will make the trip as she said, "It'll be a much needed vacation!" My brother's talking about coming as well. There's going to be a light at the end of the tunnel at some point.
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    tullbot, thats awesome! Going to Boot Camp with an Alumni! Dont' worry about the chain of command being filled out. They teach us all of that when we get there because there a few that we won't know until we get there. The thing he told me to know is in what order they belong in and who is higher than who. Wow, 2% of applicants? I wonder if that means our Company will be small. I would think so because who REALLY wants to spend the Holidays away from everyone? But the way I looked at it was... here's my chance I need to take this. My recruiter even offered to push the date back so I could spend my first holiday with my Husband... but sometimes we gotta do what we gotta do.

    Sara, after this experience I am sure you're going to be doing Tri's like its nothing. I've already scoped out my next one... lol they're getting slightly addicting. I hope I can say the same about IT in Boot when I get there! lol. I keep waking up so early and I'm not entirely sure why... I think its the nerves. I was the DD last night so I didn't get to bed until 2am so that helped me sleep in today until 7am! lol I'll prob never wake up at the time again! I was reading on the facebook page for another company that someone daughter said they were having fun and they don't think they're suppose to be yet. lol I hope thats us!! haha
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    Colin will actually call me on a Saturday or Sunday and say "Well damn mom, I don't have to work today and I'm up anyway!" The military has alerady "trained" him that sleeping until noon isn't an option. Then he is up and doesn't know what to do wtih himself. LOL

    Anderson, your last weekend home and they make YOU the DD! I give you credit for taking the job, I was almost always the DD, I preferred it. I had a great time, remembered the fools everyone else was and I was able to have a good day the next day with no headaches (with maybe the exception of the music having been too loud).

    Good Luck!!!
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    14 Nov 2010 08:24 AM
    I love it that Colin's up so early. I used to have to be at work at 6:30 every morning, so 5 am wasn't a problem. But these two weeks off sort of sucks! I haven't been up before 8. Then again, I haven't been to bed before 1. I have managed to function on 3 hours of sleep on several occasions. I woke up this morning and nearly had a heart attack thinking, "Oh my gosh .... after tomorrow, someone owns me and I have to wake up to yelling every morning."

    Someone's daugther's having fun?! That's awesome! I hope that we do, too. I just have to get accustomed to the fact that my arms are going to hate me a I am terrible at push-ups and will, most likely, not to anything right in the eyes of the CCs.
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    haha yeah i thought about the holiday thing but since i finally got my date i've been so nervous that if i were to push it back a couple months i think i would probably have a nervous breakdown haha. i agree, just need to get it done with. and i'm probably going to sound like a dolt but.. what is a tri? a triathalon? if so, you guys are beasts, and i feel even less prepared for this
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    Old Guard2, I get bored when I wake up too early too! Lately all I've been doing in the early mornings is writing back to these forums or looking up more and more information. lol.
    Yeah, I was good 'ol DD. It ended up being a great time anyways for the exact reasons you mentioned.

    Sara, I caught myself going "Oh on Monday... oh wait... that is tomorrow..." Mini-freak out! haha! I am looking forward to meeting you guys though and sharing these next 8 week adventure. One of my fears is that one guy that keeps messing up on purpose or has some sort of an attitude problem which gets us all IT. I am not sure what week the daughter was in but I love the positive attitude, I really hope I can keep that.

    tullbot, yeah a Triathlon but I've only done Sprints which is considerably less miles. It is a 500 meter swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 5k race in one. My last one was in September but I feel so out of shape since then. Have you been physically training at all?

    Well, I don't think we'll qualify for Operation Fireside for Thanksgiving but this will be a memorable Christmas I am sure. I kind of hope we can go on a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning with civilians, I'd imagine that would be very motivating... lol We'll prob just have our own Turkey Trot around base though.
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    14 Nov 2010 05:45 PM
    2 Days Yall!!! I can't wait to meet all of yall. lol Anderson. Im def. not going to be that guy with the attitude problem. haha
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    Noregrets and the rest of you Nov. 16 shippers I hope you have a blast and enjoy every minute of your 8 weeks at vacation resort Cape May!

    God Speed!
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    15 Nov 2010 02:18 AM
    Alec, haha good! I at least know there is four of us who are dedicated and want this really bad!!

    We all should figure a way so that when we do meet in PHL that we all know each other is from this forum. Anyone bringing their cell phones? My recruiter TOLD me to bring my cellphone but then after I get on the bus from PHL to put it away and expect not to see it again. He said they'll store it for me with my civilian clothes. Just wondering if you all are getting the same information as me sometimes.

    Up at 4am this time, but I did fall asleep at 8pm last night so thats understandable. My dad told my sister not to wake me because "this is the last night she has to sleep on her own couch." Wow talk about depressing! lol

    captkguy, Thank you so much! I hope the same thing! haha

    Well...tonight I check into the hotel near MEPS... and this crazy adventure begins. This won't be easy... but it will be worth it!!
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    15 Nov 2010 06:12 AM
    Yeah we should! Ill be the white skinny tall dude. haha Yeah my recruiter told me the same thing. Their going to have you write down the cost of your stuff. Don't write down like $400. I'm just going to say $30 for mine.
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    Claim how much our bag of stuff is? lol Well mine is like $400, female bra's are not cheap and we needed 6 of them! haha Well maybe not $400 but I have a few $50 bras and my longjohns were like $100 total...Oh to be a girl. lol

    white skinny tall dude... got it. lol
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    15 Nov 2010 10:06 AM
    Hey, sorry I haven't been too active lately , but I'm excited for us to finally be doing this. I'm all up for meeting you guys when I get there. Going to a hotel in a few hours. but yeah let's do this! Oh and thank you very much to everyone on this site who has answered my questions (Even if you didn't know you were answering them) This site is a great help!
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    15 Nov 2010 07:01 PM
    Tomm. is the day we've all been waiting for. Lets get this thing started. YEE HAW
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    15 Nov 2010 08:54 PM
    haha i am super excited for those of you shipping out tomorrow! Be sure to return here in 2 months to let us know how it was. Good luck and god speed.
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    Has anyone heard if these shippers did indeed form as India 184 and what hall they have been assigned?
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    Posted By captkyguy on 26 Nov 2010 09:58 AM
    Has anyone heard if these shippers did indeed form as India 184 and what hall they have been assigned? 

    Shippers that left 11/16 formed as Hotel and are in Healy Hall


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    28 Nov 2010 07:48 PM
    Interesting...not questioning, but I calculate H184 to be the Nov. 9 shippers...Nov. 2 shippers were G184, and see teh Nov. 16 shippers being I184 and graduating on Jan. 14...just want to make sure the letters get to the right company and right person.
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    29 Nov 2010 06:07 AM
    captkguy, I don't believe they had anyone ship on the 9th or the 22nd.  My daughter-in-law received her paperwork from Cape May stating that my son is in Hotel
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    29 Nov 2010 09:18 PM
    That is what I missed...awesome! Thaks for the confirmation...Letters will be in the mail tomorrow.

    Thanks.

    Actually, now I feel bad for not getting the letters out earlier...Ah heck I will go with that they have probably been to busy to read them anyway...lol

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    11 Jan 2011 06:57 AM
    GRADUATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boot camp was.....intresting
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    11 Jan 2011 07:03 AM
    haha congratulations!


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