Why Join The Coast Guard
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Brendan

Hamilton, MT

#1 Oct 20, 2008
Hi my name is Brendan,
I am 17 and planning on joining the USCG, after I graduate high school. I was wondering if anyone can share any advice or give me some reasons of why to join the USCG instead of a different branch. What makes the USCG unique??

Thanks
John G

Spring Grove, VA

#2 Nov 3, 2008
DO NOT RUSH INTO JOINING ANY BRANCH OF THE MILITARY!!! That being said the CG is the smallest armed service in the US. The CG has authority to operate in civilian law enforcement. They save peoples lives, and occasionally take other peoples lives. The CG does go to war and if you have any conscientious objections to bearing arms than the CG is not right for you. However, if you want to do something great for you and your country than join, but only when you have fully decided that it is something you truly want to do.
Devin

United States

#3 Nov 20, 2008
I am a dedicated swimmer. I have always wanted to serve our country. but i want to be a rescue swimmer and that is all. Will it be hard for me to get into the training school for that.
Craig

Hephzibah, GA

#4 Jan 19, 2009
Devin wrote:
I am a dedicated swimmer. I have always wanted to serve our country. but i want to be a rescue swimmer and that is all. Will it be hard for me to get into the training school for that.
NO but if I remember right you will have to go to officer training school up in Connecticut. It is a little difficult because all the people that do try and get in. But if you are a great swimmer they might let you in.
stacy

United States

#5 Jan 28, 2009
i am 18 and graduating high school in may 2009.I herd that i can join the coast guard,be in it for 4 years and then go off to collage and they will pay for everything! i also herd that if you join the coast guard theres only a slim percent chance of u going to war..is this true??
Also will it be hard for me to get in?, i'm an B-C average student,i dont want to go to war and i speak fluent spanish.
captkyguy

United States

#6 Jan 28, 2009
Stacy, yes what you have heard is true about college. Check out http://education.military.com/education-home/ and http://education.military.com/money-for-schoo...

Your chances of going to war are very slim as compared to the other 4 branches where your chances are 100%. You must understand that the CG has been involved in every war to date and as of today we are in two wars at the same time.

A high school diploma is really a must so keep those grades up and check out www.gocoastguard.com you will find lots of information there and be able to locate a recruiter.
JayT

Montgomery, AL

#7 Feb 18, 2009
Not entireley true. I have been in the Air Force for just over 4 years now and not everyone "goes to war". We all support it in one way or another. However not everyone steps foot on a battlefield.
captkyguy wrote:
Stacy, yes what you have heard is true about college. Check out http://education.military.com/education-home/ and http://education.military.com/money-for-schoo...
Your chances of going to war are very slim as compared to the other 4 branches where your chances are 100%. You must understand that the CG has been involved in every war to date and as of today we are in two wars at the same time.
A high school diploma is really a must so keep those grades up and check out www.gocoastguard.com you will find lots of information there and be able to locate a recruiter.
dave

Waukegan, IL

#8 Mar 10, 2010
f%&k the military!!!!!!
the mil is the sanctuary for the average, especially enlisted side. it allows anyone with half a brain to steadily advance and have an average, comfortable life that is ultra secure. Unfortunately, this results in ALOT of idiots in positions of authority based solely on their ability to stay within the bounds of the UCMJ and put their time in. but hey if your average go ahead and join like these f&^kin idiots.. oh and not to mention myself considering im also in the military
Sailor Nick

Japan

#10 May 5, 2010
Dave does have a point I have to say..

I am a HM3 (Navy Corpsman) serving in Okinawa Japan with the Marines. I see alot of this stuff where idiots are in charge of other idiots just becasue of there time in. 75% of Marines are really REALLY fucking dumb.

HOWEVER the officer community is alot differant. If your looking for a real professional career with great benefits and tons of respect, go to college and become an officer.
Mike b

Newport News, VA

#11 Aug 11, 2010
Marines are meat headed ego maniacs
GaLove

Winter Park, FL

#12 Dec 27, 2010
Both of my parents have serviced in the Marines. I give this branch the greatest respect. Their is a lot of pride behind the Marine Corp. Actually for any branch of the military, it should be an honor to be in and I can't wait to go to boot camp this coming year in June.
Evan King

Des Moines, IA

#13 May 26, 2011
dave wrote:
f%&k the military!!!!!!
the mil is the sanctuary for the average, especially enlisted side. it allows anyone with half a brain to steadily advance and have an average, comfortable life that is ultra secure. Unfortunately, this results in ALOT of idiots in positions of authority based solely on their ability to stay within the bounds of the UCMJ and put their time in. but hey if your average go ahead and join like these f&^kin idiots.. oh and not to mention myself considering im also in the military
OK you talk about people being stupid but you miss used a lot its a lot not alot dumass
Allie

Yigo, Guam

#15 Sep 6, 2011
Sailor Nick wrote:
Dave does have a point I have to say..
I am a HM3 (Navy Corpsman) serving in Okinawa Japan with the Marines. I see alot of this stuff where idiots are in charge of other idiots just becasue of there time in. 75% of Marines are really REALLY fucking dumb.
HOWEVER the officer community is alot differant. If your looking for a real professional career with great benefits and tons of respect, go to college and become an officer.
What are you like an e4
Ribbney

New Brunswick, NJ

#16 Oct 29, 2011
dave wrote:
f%&k the military!!!!!!
the mil is the sanctuary for the average, especially enlisted side. it allows anyone with half a brain to steadily advance and have an average, comfortable life that is ultra secure. Unfortunately, this results in ALOT of idiots in positions of authority based solely on their ability to stay within the bounds of the UCMJ and put their time in. but hey if your average go ahead and join like these f&^kin idiots.. oh and not to mention myself considering im also in the military
I never comment on posts, and I stumbled across this one quite accidentally, but I felt the need to respond. After reading your post, I feel deeply apologetic to those who have been foolish enough to engage you in conversation regarding world views.

Yes, certain branches of the military are better than others, and not everyone in service is the brightest bulb in the lot, but it's completely idiotic and unjustifiable to say "f%&k the military" just because you don't completely agree with particular actions. That's like saying "screw microchips" after getting a virus on your computer.

Incidentally, your grammar leaves much to be desired. Please refrain in the future from asserting broad judgments on every soldier that's ever served in our country. You seem to fall very well into the "average" intelligence category that the majority of our servicemen do not.
Anonymous

Chesapeake, VA

#17 Nov 7, 2011
dave wrote:
f%&k the military!!!!!!
the mil is the sanctuary for the average, especially enlisted side. it allows anyone with half a brain to steadily advance and have an average, comfortable life that is ultra secure. Unfortunately, this results in ALOT of idiots in positions of authority based solely on their ability to stay within the bounds of the UCMJ and put their time in. but hey if your average go ahead and join like these f&^kin idiots.. oh and not to mention myself considering im also in the military
I am guessing you are your first command. Never ever judge your enlistment by your first command. While yes, some people who join the military end up not being the bright bulb in the box, there are some above average people in the military. And if you think that those with authority are "based solely on their ability to stay with the bounds of the UCMJ" then you are obviously either in the Army or Navy where they hire anyone. The Coast Guard community is EXTREMELY competitive. With only 38,000 available slots nationwide it hard pressed to find a lot of people in the Coast Guard who fit your discription of authority. Yes, you still do stumble across them every so often, but it is rare now. Especially with Evals playing a hugh part in advancement process now.
Anonymous

Chesapeake, VA

#18 Nov 7, 2011
Brendan wrote:
Hi my name is Brendan,
I am 17 and planning on joining the USCG, after I graduate high school. I was wondering if anyone can share any advice or give me some reasons of why to join the USCG instead of a different branch. What makes the USCG unique??
Thanks
There is a lot of things that make the USCG unique. For one, we are the smallest branch of the military with only about 38,000 people. At one point the NYPD was bigger than the Coast Guard. We are also the only branch where sex does not matter. Males and females are open to every available position in the Coast Guard. We are also considered a law enforcement branch, meaning that we hold J&A on all United States coastal waters, major rivers and Great Lakes. We have been in every single war in which the United States was involved. We also have the distinction of holding the title of the longest continuous military branch in the United States. We are the only military branch that is not part of the DoD. While we still follow some of the DoD policies, we fall under the DHS.
Abhikesh yadav

United States

#19 Jul 28, 2012
G.d. Navik 10+2 with pcm
rosie

Montesano, WA

#20 Sep 6, 2012
i spoke with a recruiter and she was telling me that getting into the coast guard is very hard these times because everyone is trying to get in, so basically i need to make an impression so i can have a higher chance at being chosen by a recruiter. im 19 high school graduate, some college, i work full time and im a freaking awesome swimmer!!! but i dont know what to do to make an impression....any ideas?
Softball freak

Wyoming, MI

#21 Nov 1, 2012
I've also thought about joining, I am in 9th grade so I still have time to think. I've thought about a rescue swimmer as well as a lot of people commenting on this. I've heard it's hard and one of the hardest schools to get into and to do. I'm a good swimmer (not competitively but in normal swimming) I can run good distances, I am also strong (I grew up with three older brothers so it was needed to "survive"). I am smart in medical things. Any idea on what my chances are? Another question, is normal boot camp difficult?
mike

Macomb, MI

#22 Nov 12, 2012
dave wrote:
f%&k the military!!!!!!
the mil is the sanctuary for the average, especially enlisted side. it allows anyone with half a brain to steadily advance and have an average, comfortable life that is ultra secure. Unfortunately, this results in ALOT of idiots in positions of authority based solely on their ability to stay within the bounds of the UCMJ and put their time in. but hey if your average go ahead and join like these f&^kin idiots.. oh and not to mention myself considering im also in the military
seriously they are the reason why were free honestly my whole family has been in it from the ww2 until now if you hate it so bad then find another job you have to trust your brothers and I wouldn't trust you if you were by my side join something thats a little less patriotic

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