FAQ

What’s the most dangerous branch in the US military?
The Coast Guard. Our off the cuff motto is,” We have to go out, but we don't have to come back!” People know so little about us they don't have any idea how dangerous it is for us. Not being attached to DOD we don't follow their rules of, “you don't go anywhere until you are called to move.” We go to the scene and work during the emergency while it is happening. Our helicopters fly in the worst weather, making rescues from boats or water while waves are higher than the choppers. We have lost choppers making rescues. Our Rescue swimmers are in the water making the rescues in 50 foot waves in 30° temps. If the chopper is filled the swimmer stays behind until they come back. If a smallboat goes out in the same weather the rescues become harrowing. We do boardings in this weather. If a ship comes in and is suspect for weapons or bombs, we have teams that board at sea by helicopter or small boat, usually 50 miles out. We have harbor protection teams, we have SRT teams, Sea Marshals and people sent to Camp LeJune to be trained by Marines. We have people that are SEAL qualified. We also have snipers that fly by helicopter to shoot out boat engines on fast boats, and submarines that drug dealers use. The Coast Guard has more Special Forces units than any other branch. They fall under our DOG team (Deployable Operations Group). This includes our MSRT Team, our MSST Team, PSO's, our NSF or National Strike Force, TAClet and HITRON, our mobilized Helicopter sniper units. All of these units require 12 hour deployment times. They work hand in hand with all of the military's Spec. Forces. They require Tier 1 physical fitness tests. Being that we can work with civilian law enforcement and we are Homeland Security, we can deploy with either military or civilian special teams. The physical fitness tests are mostly the equivalent to the FBI tests with much more swimming. These people are some of the best in the world at what they do and are very selective. As with the rest of the Coast Guard. These are some of the teams that nobody knows about. People forget that we are 24/7 even when there is no war.Yes, we are overseas any place foreign national ships that are headed to the US. If we feel that they have drugs, weapons, drugs or bombs and they have to be boarded, we have special boarding teams on board the Navy ship. We “take over the ship,”temporarily because anybody boarding the ship other than the Coast Guard can constitute an act of war. We run up the Coast Guard Ensign on the Coast Guard ensign. Then we take a smallboat filled with a CG Boarding Party and board. We also have CG inspectors in ports around the world that check items packed to come to the US. They do safety inspections on gear being sent back to the US on freighters. Military equipment, explosives, vehicles etc all have to be checked. This is only part of it. We send Coasties to other countries to train their Coast Guards. That includes Greece and other Mediterranean countries, even ports in Russia. We have people living on oil rigs in the middle east protecting them. We also have small boats that patrol those harbors to protect our Navy ships. We had a Coastie on board a smallboat that intercepted a smallboat that would not stop. He managed to get between it and the Navy boat before it exploded. He was killed with everybody on board the encroaching boat. This is part of what we do around the world and at home. I hope I have helped give you a partial idea of what we do. Few people have any idea. Semper Paratus!
Which US military branch should I join and why?
Yes, I am partial, but consider the Navy.If you want combat, and you are REALLY good, you have the SEALS.  They are hand picked and are considered the elite of all the elite.  Otherwise, become a Medical Corpsman, then join the Fleet Marines.  Gunner's and Boatswain's Mates spend a lot of time on small combat craft.If you want practical training, just about any field is covered...  Electrical, Electronic, Mechanical, Machinery, Firefighting, Welding, Radio, Weapons, Navigation, Nuclear, Music, Photography, Printing, Diving, Pilot, and on and on.  You may start out with the basics, but EVERYONE eventually gets specialty training, and can usually pick the training they want (be aware that some are harder to get into and advance in than others).  Cross training is also a necessity, so you get to try your hand at plenty of other things.  Officers do things a bit differently, but they end up with all the same training.Women have all the same opportunities men do, at least in most cases.  Some ships are still all male, but many of the same class are mixed.  All rates are open to both men and women.You get stationed on a ship homeported on a base like Mayport, San Diego or Pearl Harbor (as well as others), but you get to see some of the most exotic places the other services only dream of.  My kids marvel at the map of all the places I have been.  If life on a ship is not your style, there are specialties that spend much less time at sea (but everyone has to go sometime).3 hots and a cot.  The food is good, you get your own rack, and hot showers are the usual, no matter where you are.  And most spaces are air conditioned (gotta cool the electronics).The Navy's got the biggest guns and missiles.  Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  Plus, if you want to fly planes, doing so over the water allows you to do things that would scare the crap out of civilians around an Air Force base.  And there are some serious bragging rights when you're stationed on the largest ships in history.There are bonus pays for a variety of things.  Some are offered in the other services (family separation, combat zone).  Others are specific (sea pay, flight deck, hazardous duty).Some enlistment programs allow for 2 years active, 6 years reserved.  Others require a 6 year commitment (for the intense training, like Nuclear or Electronics), but the reserve time is only 2 years.  Either way, the actual obligation is 8 years, as a combo of both active and reserve (usually inactive, with no regular training).
Is it necessary to be a graduate for filling out the admission form for the Indian Coast Guard?
Depends!If you wanna apply for officer cadre, You shall be a graduate and the eligibility is as per the advertisement published on the website.And for Navik entry, 12th pass is mandatory.However for domestic branch, the qualification is 10th pass as shown below.Goodluck!
How do I fill out the yearly percentage in the Indian Coast Guard AC application form when we have a CGPA?
Depends on wjich standard you are applying for10th = cgpax9.5Gradiation = cgpax multiplying factor.In some colleges it is 9.5,9,10 depends on colllege
How do I fill out the educational qualification section of the assistant commandant application form in coast guard (01/2019 batch)?
U should be Bachelor of science hieght166 wt 50 and pass ur exams
How hard is it to go to Active Duty (Navy or Coast Guard) after going to the Merchant Marine Academy?
According to About USMMA, “midshipmen who master this demanding curriculum earn a unique combination of credentials:An highly-regarded Bachelor of Science degreeA U.S. Coast Guard licenseAn officer’s commission in the U.S. Armed ForcesAlso, all graduates have a service obligation upon graduation that provides the most career options offered by any federal academy.Graduates can choose to work five years in the United States maritime industry with eight years of service as an officer in any reserve unit of the armed forces.Or five years active duty in any of the nation’s armed forces.”With all graduates receiving an officer’s commission in any of the U.S. armed forces and the option to serve a minimum of five years on active duty, it should be relatively easy to serve on active duty.However, I believe that each armed force will have a limited amount of active duty billets available each year. Therefore, to ensure you end up serving on active duty in the armed force of your choice, it will depend on your class standing at graduation. As an example, suppose that in the year of your graduation, the Navy has 50 active duty billets open. And in your graduating class, 50 of your classmates who have a higher class standing than you choose Navy. Then you will have to choose another armed force.
U.S. Coast Guard: How do coastguards search for and recover bodies of individuals swept out to sea?
US Coast Guard search operations for persons in the water (PIW's) utilize software from a program called SAROP's which takes in historical water current patterns, on scene weather/winds/currents, time of day/illumination level, size of person, what the person is wearing, whether or not the person has a flotation device and the type of aircraft or vessel doing the search. Once on scene a Coast Guard asset can deploy a data marker Bouy which can then be relocated its drift can then be used to better create a search pattern. The amount of time the Coast Guard will search for a PIW depends on the water temperature and what the PIW is wearing. A PIW with a flotation device in the Caribbean might survive a couple of days while a PIW near Alaska with no survival gear will be hypothermic in under an hour. The success of these searches largely depends the accuracy of the time/location of where the person fell off the vessel/washed out to sea. If the original information isn't very accurate then the search plan will be an educated guess. In most cases the Coast Guard doesn't search for bodies. A search action plan will be executed through such a time as it would be reasonable to expect the PIW to still be alive. Also of note a person with a 406 emergency positioning radio beacon (Epirb) will be found very quickly also a person with a strobe light at night or a mirror during the day is very easy to locate if we are in the general vicinity!