Issue 44 | February 8, 2013 | Featuring Michael Nix
Before he took the risk of joining a demanding program, his life was academically oriented, and a bit solitary. But after one and a half years of training with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, he sees definite growth in himself, mentally, physically and in terms of leadership skills. Home schooling taught him to be independent; the Sea Cadets provided opportunities to enjoy tight teamwork. Read about Michael Nix in the featured student section.
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|FEATURED THIS WEEK: Michael Nix|
It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before... to test your limits... to break through barriers. Now Michael is so glad he did. Meeting one whole weekend a month for training, the cadets run through drills, marching and squad competitions. There are physical tests conducted, so each individual member of the team must keep himself in shape between the monthly sessions. Sustaining that level of fitness throughout the month requires a sense of responsibility toward other squad members who are also maintaining their strength and coordination in order to contribute well during squad competitions. The resulting camaraderie and accountability from this training is what Michael likes the most. But for a home schooled student, he had to learn it, and it wasn't necessarily easy. Read Michael's account of the Basic Training experience in the Naval Sea Cadet program.
When you go to recruit training for Sea Cadets no one really prepares you. The screaming, the shouting and the mattress flying into the air from recruits who made their beds improperly can strike fear into the best of recruits. Let me first add that a new recruit in the Sea Cadet program must attend recruit training to gain rank. Meaning I had to go to RT if I wanted to advance in Sea Cadets. When I went to Belle Glade, FL, I knew little about what was going to happen in the next two weeks. All I knew is that this training would pound the basics of being a good recruit into my head.
The first day I arrived I was nervous about my actions. Usually, I'm confident about how to act, but here if I messed up even the slightest, the consequences were distressing. I made it through check-in where they checked my medical records and things like that without any complications. I found where I'd be sleeping and unpacked my things with the help of some other recruits. I started helping other people because in order to make it through RT you have to roll with the pack in order to succeed; you don't want to stand out! I started finding out the cadets who would be in charge of me for the training and they seemed encouraging. The main cadet, who was in charge of us, I later would realize throughout the training, was an inexperienced leader. He didn't have a clue about how to march us correctly or pass down orders. The other staff cadets, as they were called, had already conducted trainings before so they knew how to lead correctly.
In the first week a routine was set: wake up 4:30 am, physical training for an hour, eat, class time, march, eat, class time, march, eat, physical training, bedtime at 9:30 pm.After we learned how to obey properly, we started going on field trips in the second week. We went to the firing range, a repelling tower, and a damage control training ship where they taught us what to do if the ship was taking on water or on fire. We also had basic medical training that showed us the correct way for CPR and how to assess a medical situation. Before I went to this training, I was told that there would be no soda or junk food at this training and they were right! We had a small box of cereal every morning with a piece of fruit. For lunch we usually had a sandwich and for dinner it was something that used to be hot or warm but had been sitting too long and had grown cold. Sometimes we would get into trouble if someone did something wrong and our beds would be flipped or thrown into a pile. For example, one time a recruit from another company took a cereal box back to the barracks with him after we ate breakfast. Later the staff cadets found the cereal and after getting no response on who had taken it, flipped every single bunk in that company, every locker filled with clothes, and every standing locker filled with uniforms; clothes covered the ground and mattresses were everywhere. What the staff cadets had done is called in the Sea Cadet program a "white tornado." Instances like these would cause tension, but after two weeks the final day arrived, graduation. Everyone was excited to see their family and friends after such hard and grueling training. 100 recruits walked up the stairs to shake the officers' hands. We as recruits had learned how to work as a team, how to deal with stress and how to make a bed properly. As we walked out the door to march for the last time as a company we all had a sense of pride that wasn't there before. We were no longer recruits but cadets who had learned valuable lessons which we would never forget. Halting in front of the graduation building, the best words of the training were voiced over the cheering families, "Battalion!...Dismissed!"