Many of the spouses of the contributors here have gone through recruit training at Cape May. Of course, some have also gone through training/schooling at the Coast Guard Academy. Also, what some of you may not know is that three of our current contributors have donned the Coast Guard uniform. Two are veterans and one is currently serving on active duty.
A quick aside: recently, someone said to me, There aren't really any women in the Coast Guard though. I was a bit surprised by this statement and went on to share what little I knew about those currently serving and a little bit of the history of women in the Coast Guard. The woman I was speaking to was really shocked and honestly had no idea. Interesting, eh? I wish I had more time because I could have shared with her so much more of the rich history of women serving in this great organization. In case any of you out there are stunned by this as well, here are some links for you to enjoy: Academy Women and A History of Women in the Coast Guard.
At any rate, no matter where they endured their training, Coast Guard members surely feel passionately about their training and service. They worked hard to become part of the United States Coast Guard and deserve every honor that comes with that. Nonetheless, as I wrote recently, many are still calling themselves Coasties and are a tad reluctant to wear the title "Guardian". I joked with my husband the other day when he said he didn't feel comfortable about calling himself a "Guardian". I said, Don't worry honey. I'm sure you'll be grandfathered in and remain a Coastie.
In response to that recent blog post, CWO2 Veronica Bandrowsy, Public Affairs Officer for USCG Training Center Cape May, N.J. shared the following with us:
I was reading your blog about the word Guardian and I wanted to let you know that you can find the Guardian Ethos on our Web site at www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay. Also, we just posted a short one minute clip called the Guardian Challenge to our site and youtube that your viewers might be interested in watching.
We're in the process of a modernizing our recruit training curriculum to ensure our new Guardians are ready and able to meet the demands of the fleet, and the Guardian Challenge is one part of the recruit modernization.
Thank you to CWO2 Bandrowsky for contacting us and sharing this information. We have included it in our links on the right for our readers to see.
On an entirely different note, did you all know that the Air Force has a "Guardian Challenge" each year. According to Ed White of Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB in Colorado:
The competition is an established event within the command and goes back to its inception in 1967. In its 41-year history, it has been an increasingly effective tool that has helped to maintain high levels of skill throughout the command. It has improved readiness and warfighting capabilities through preparation and innovation by the competing teams and crosstalk after the event. Many of the tactics, techniques and procedures used throughout have been sharpened and refined in the furnace of competition. (White, 4/22/08).
Maybe someday we will see the Air Force and the Coast Guard go head to head in Guardians in the Guardian Challenge. Of course, I suppose that since the Coast Guard is already ready, that it's sort of a moot point. My husband asserts that's why he is glad he joined the Coast Guard. He always tells me, I'm not just training to do a job or getting ready for something. I'm already doing it, every single day, and I love that.
And, I love that he loves it.