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I have an opportunity to get into the Coast Guard Academy- Is anyone here currently or is a retired Coast Guard-er? Any words of wisdom?
 

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I've heard the Coast Guard is a GREAT adventure. I knew a 200 tonne ships captain who was in the Coast Guard when he was younger.<br />
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BUT, like all military operations, if your commander is a jerk, your life can be a living hell.
 

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<img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> I am certain it would be an excellent adventure- I am primarily interested in flying helicopters, so I can imagine it'd be quite the adventure.
 

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Yeah...flying a Heli in a storm...WOO HOOO!!! No thanks. Send me a postcard <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I know compared to the army , the navy is more fun and nicer, so maybe its the sea life? <img src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" /> So I would assume the Coast Guard to be similar.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Yeah...flying a Heli in a storm...WOO HOOO!!! No thanks. Send me a postcard <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /></div>

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</div><img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> That's part of the adventure.<br />
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@ Tyrker, I like the water. I row crew, so it's lots of fun.
 

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@ Tyrker, I like the water. I row crew, so it's lots of fun.</div>

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</div>I'm an avid diver. PADI Nitrox certified at this point. I've seen some rough diving. 8 foot swells with dense kelp forests at 45 degrees F, 10 feet visibility. <br />
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But, put me in a Heli in a storm? I would scream like a little girl.
 

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Yeah, 6-8 blades rotating at well over 100 RPM is <b>not</b> fun, or safe <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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If you can put up fixed and regimented livestyle for 20 or 30 years you can retire with a good pension and still be young enough to enjoy yourself and start another career if you wanted to.....
 

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As you probably know, they got a kick ass crew team. My high school's trailer was a couple down from them at Head of the Housatonic. But yeah I'd say go for it. The education is top of the line and i hear it's a great experience. I think it's pretty much the Navy, just with illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Of course I'm just a sophomore who recently started looking at colleges so don't just take my word for it.
 

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The Coast Guard is a branch of the military, and the service academy is as intense as the other branches', but tailored to teach you some of what you may be doing as a member of their service (such as arresting people-the Coast Guard is the only branch that gets to do that.)<br />
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I'd go for it, personally. You'll get a great education and guarunteed fun career.
 
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