I just wanted to touch base with all future and or hopeful shippers to Cape May. I've been posting on the fourm for aver a year now and my journey with the Coast Guard took me into a very different place than I ever thought it would. I want to take my experiences and try to help the next person out as much as I can. Please read this and learn from my mistake..
I processed with the Coast Guard in March of 2011. It took me 8 months and I was more than excited about the news of my official ship date. It was seriously a dream come true. I graduated high school in 2010 and just prayed for some direction on what to do with my life and as all of you know, the Coast Guard is really an awesome organization and Branch of the military. The very best of the best and I commend everyone going through the process. I dont think I will ever be as proud of myself as I was stepping off that bus and into the grounds of Cape May. However, when I finally got to Cape May I instantly felt as though I couldnt do it. Looking ahead to the coming 8 weeks felt impossible .Especially thinking about everything I had left behind at home. Being down there and dealing with all of the stressful situations, yelling and public humiliation really broke me down. I lost my focus and as soon as I did I lost everything. I ended up getting discharged for depression and failure to adjust to the military life style. I can honestly say that there hasnt been a day that has gone by that I havent beaten myself up over it. I wanted to be in the Coast Guard so bad and I blew my chance.
I know alot of you wont have nearly as hard of a time as I did, but if anyone gets down there and starts to feel the same ways I did just remember my story and keep your faith. Keep going and do what you set out to do. This is such a great opportunity for all of you and Im excited for you! I dont really know how to deal with this but I figured that I'd try to help the next recruit out as much as I can though. Dont make a decision based off emotion and dont let anyone tare you down or make you lose focus. Even when you feel like you cant, just know that YOU CAN DO THIS. I really wish I did..