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Old 02-14-2021, 03:55 PM
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Ok, my son was supposed to join the coast guard in December but it got pushed off due to COVID till March 2nd. Now we are prepping again. This has been a ride and he’s not even gone yet.
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Congrats. Best thing that I ever did.

Getting a slot today in the USCG enlisted is no easy feat. Over a 1/3 of enlisted coming in today have a degree.
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Congrats to him and you! March 15th will be the 40th anniversary of my reporting to USCG TRACEN Cape May for boot camp (ALPHA 110). It was the best decision of my life. My nephew went through there last year and graduated right before the covid panic started. He's aboard a 110' cutter in Juneau, Alaska having the time of his life.

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Semper paratus
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Originally Posted by loose_cannon View Post
Congrats to him and you! March 15th will be the 40th anniversary of my reporting to USCG TRACEN Cape May for boot camp. It was the best decision of my life. My nephew went through there last year and graduated right before the covid panic started. He's aboard a 110' cutter in Juneau, Alaska having the time of his life.
Interesting. A member of my gun club graduated from the Coast Guard Academy last year and if I recall correctly is commanding a Cutter out of Juneau. Ask him if he knows Ensign (or maybe Lt. JG by now) Reid Wiegleb.
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Outstanding. Congratulations to your son(and to mom and dad). Best 26 years of my life. As stated previously, the competition is tough to get into the USCG. Hotel 121, Alameda ‘78
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I live 15 minutes from base. If he ever needs anything please feel free to contact me.

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Originally Posted by NC_Native View Post
Interesting. A member of my gun club graduated from the Coast Guard Academy last year and if I recall correctly is commanding a Cutter out of Juneau. Ask him if he knows Ensign (or maybe Lt. JG by now) Reid Wiegleb.
Graduated last year and is now a CO. I find that hard to believe. True?
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Congrats tell him the only boot camp harder would be the Marines! They don’t screw around
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Semper Paratus Echo 145
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Coast Guard was the best thing that ever happened to me. Congratulations! LIMA 73. Cape May. Nov 1968
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Congratulations to him and you. Best thing I ever did. Taught me so much. I went to MK School and it served me well. Semper Paratus and hello shipmates! USCG 1974-78
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Best of luck to your son.......
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Golf 57 Cape May in the winter/spring of 65. It was a great experience. For a while I thought those gale flags were some kind of unit burgee. That wind really cuts through you. I guess they did away with the Monomoy surf boats. That was fun when it was blowing 35 out of the north.
I did learn a whole lot of stuff I still use today. That oil fire training let me put out a turkey cooker fire with a Zep spray bottle. I can still tie the 10 knots, know all the buoys, shoot and field strip an M1 and do flashing light Morse code. On the ship I learned how to weld, sew canvass, really paint and way more than I need to know about the 5"/38 and other assorted ordnance. All that and I was supposed to be an FT. The Coast Guard was great about cross training. You can have all you are willing to seek out. It is not a union shop.
It also made a C student into a straight A guy the rest of my life.
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^^^ . Coastie family here, brothers and nephews all SAR pilots. Having worked with Army, Navy, and Marines my whole career, the one thing that stands out about CG is the credo that the on scene commander, regardless of rank, is the on scene commander. Make decisions based on your best judgement, you’ll probably be right, but if not we’ll train you to be better, and stick you right back into the storm. Vs other services saying never make a decision without direction from above, and if you do you’re shitcanned. Every service falls somewhere between these extremes, but CG has it right and has extraordinary senior staff, officers and enlisted, because of it.

Not sure about Space Force - they’re not on the radar yet.
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Month after graduation my son was sailing through a hurricane. He did good.


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Cape May August 1979, Kilo Co. Wouldn't take anything for it. Highlight of my 4 years was Cape D for a month. Would pay to go back. Semper Paratus back ya, ya bunch of bath tub sailors.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Cape May August 1979, Kilo Co. Wouldn't take anything for it. Highlight of my 4 years was Cape D for a month. Would pay to go back. Semper Paratus back ya, ya bunch of bath tub sailors.
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