I'm part of a program called the Naval Sea Cadet corps. Think of it as the Navy you program designed to help develop skills like leadership, courage, and discipline.
Recently I went through their introductory training called Recruit Training. It's a grueling and fast-paced training that is meant to teach you the core values of the Navy.
Since then I've been to several other trainings like Field Operations and Scuba Diving. Both of which I enjoyed very much.
I enjoy what I do in the Sea Cadets, and the opportunities it provides, however sometimes I do feel a bit unhappy. Since trainings are usually a week long, they can't be run during the school year...which means they're done in your break time.
I understand that it's a commitment, and I need to stick with it but sometimes it's really hard to. I've been in the Sea Cadets for a year and a half now and I've had to fight with myself in order to prepare and get ready for trainings and drills.
I'm hoping that in the future, I will no longer look at having to go to drills and trainings as something that I have to do, but something I want to do. There are really great opportunities in the Sea Cadets that create a lot of career pathways for me and I really want to take advantage of them.
I suppose at the end of the day, as my dad would say "buck up" and move on.