Posted By Eoghan Roe on 24 Feb 2011 10:43 AM
You don't have to be a "princess" to be aware that you're doing something dangerous. Now, you WOULD have to be a moron to do something dangerous without at least considering that it IS dangerous.
If I wasn't acknowledging that it is dangerous or that it is hard, I wouldn't have to remind myself that its hard.
Posted By COASTIE_OS on 24 Feb 2011 10:55 AM
I find it worse not to have a little fear... Makes you a little less human to be stone cold and say you're not afraid of things like that. Joining the military is not about being fearless or not a "princess" as you say.... I'm in the CG and a female and I fear that often. I would freak out if we really capsized or sunk the boat. I think all my training would leave my head for at least a second.
A little less human or someone just as human with a slightly different perception on life and death? If you're thrown overboard going at certain speeds that water can be like concrete and you could very well die. I'm not afraid of death, if it's my time then it's my time and atleast I died doing something I tried my most of my life to do. I meant princess as in the characters out of fairy tales, not a general term for all girls. Real fragile and needing to be saved by a knight in shining armor. I respect everybody the same and there's alot of guys who couldn't do what you do Coastie_OS, and just as many girls who couldn't do what you do. I've never seen you in action, obviously, but coast guard is the best of the best in my opinion and I hope to work as well as you after bootcamp. Also, freaking out in a situation like that is natural, of course, but at the same time panicking wouldn't help anything at all. Deep breathes, then resort back to your training. I know you'd pull through in that situation. Personally I'd try my best not to freak out and let the situation get the best of me.
Anyways everybody, it was just a little thing I was asked that I thought was funny because I know people who are scared to even get knee deep in water, much less go on a boat and do things coasties are expected to do. I guess I just imagined them trying to do a coastie's everyday job. I didn't mean any harm and apologize for any offense you all have taken.