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!
How does a job in the Coast Guard compare with a job in the Navy?
I served in both the Navy and the Coast Guard, so I think I can answer your question.I enlisted in the Navy on September 26, 1997, went through MEPS and then to boot camp in Great Lakes, IL. While there, I chose AT (Aviation Eletronics Technician) as my rate. Then, I transferred to Pensacola, FL for my AT training. Next, was my “FRAMP” school in Jacksonville, FL, where they taught me H-60 specific avionics systems repair.I’ll insert some advice here: Never. I repeat, do not ever fill out an end-of-course survey honestly, even if the instructor only flips through the training guide for 5 minutes, saying, “you won’t need that…or that… or that… OK, let’s go golfing,” and that’s how 80% of your “training” goes while you waste 3 months of your life.If you do decide that your ethics are important and answer the questions with the truth, be prepared to sit (stand at attention) in front of the school Senior Chief and explain that your moral compass is more important than his performance review and that of the instructor.Oh, it also turns out that that gaff follows a person. Be prepared to do everything but what you are trained for when you reach your command. Instead of fixing avionics, you will be the only person you went through training with that doesn’t work in electronics until about a month before your enlistment is over. However, you can still advance in rank, even though you spend the first year selling candy and coffee from the geedunk and then the next two marshaling, washing, servicing, and inspecting the aircraft in the line department.Ok. Back to the question, “How does a job in the Coast Guard compare to a job in the Navy…So, my terminal leave from the Navy began on September 10, 2001. Between boot camp and that time, I went around the globe twice, flew in a C-3 from Bahrain to a trap on the Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), I managed the line department on the flight deck (after working for two months in the galley, washing dishes and waxing the decks), and I visited 6 countries learning about and how to appreciate many different cultures and people, I became a Shellback, then a Golden Shellback, and flew from the Carrier to the “beach” in an H-60, with the command Skipper.The short time I actually worked in avionics, when I need to get something from the aircraft, say access to a radio, I had to enlist the help of a Mech (AD) to remove the 10 Phillips head screws securing the access panel, so I could remove and replace the radio, then ask a mech to replace the panel after QA finished. If it wasn’t an electronics system, I couldn’t touch it, even as an E-5.As my enlistment ended, 9/11 happened. I was told to go home while I still could. I drove back to Ohio and got a job managing a medium size hotel for 7 months before I decided I wanted back in the military, but wanted to stay away from the Persian Gulf. (I’m not a person who enjoys 130° F temperatures at night.)I decided to join the Coast Guard, because I’m a pirate at heart. The recruiter sent me up to Detroit, because that was the closest base with helicopters, to do a “rate determination interview,” to show I could keep my rank. After a 5 minute discussion followed by me teaching the AVT1 differences between the H-60 and H-65, he sent his recommendation for me to keep my rank.My recruiter let me choose where I wanted to go, so I chose St. Petersburg, FL. I reported to the air station a day early and my sponsor (the guy assigned to show me around the command) asked me what the hell I was doing there and then told me to go home until it was time to check in. I didn’t understand his logic, but that was the first difference I noticed… on time was no longer late.The next day, I officially checked in. It seemed laid back in some respects, but mostly corporate. I spent a few weeks in the avionics shop, then a couple in the line department, then back to the avionics shop. Eventually, I ended up in the NVG cave, performing maintenance for the command’s night vision goggles. At one point, I helped develop the Coast Guard’s NVG training and maintenance program.This is where the primary difference comes in. The entire Coast Guard Aviation population is about the same as the population of one underway Navy carrier. My primary responsibility was to maintain NVGs, but I still worked on all avionics maintenance evolutions and inspections.I was expected to earn my aircrew wings (certification—something I could only do in boot camp or A-School in the Navy) and become a collateral duty QA inspector. Often times I would be involved in an engine or gear box change and I was laughed at the first time I asked a mech to remove an access panel for me.My deployment were no longer in a floating city or the desert. We spent a few weeks in the Bahamas every few months.One stark contrast between the two was what I call, “battle mentality.” In the Navy, as a petty officer, junior personnel were accountable to me as I was accountable to my senior petty officers, chiefs and officers. I was required to dole out rewards and discipline, albeit lower level. If one of my guys was messing up I could dress him down, and then we’d move on, probably getting a beer together later.The one time I counciled an E-2 in the Coast Guard (I was an E-5 at the time), he went to the Warrant Officer after and I ended up standing in front of the Command Senior Chief, explaining my actions. That was the first official negative entry into my jacket. Remember how I said earlier that the Coast Guard has a corporate mentality. This is an example.I gained a lot from each service. I learned much about the world and my management style in the Navy. My time in the Coast Guard, taught me politics. And I got to fly in some pretty important rescue and interdiction missions.Tl,dr-If you are trying to choose between the Navy and the Coast Guard, figure out if you want to do shitty jobs in shitty parts of the world, but see many amazing places and meet lots of amazing people or if you want to make a difference at home and learn valuable technical skills, while putting up with the stigma of joining the “lesser branch of the military.”As an aside, I never had time or motivation to take college courses in the Navy, but I had plenty of both in the Coast Guard.EDIT 1 - for clarity
How do ship officers handle cruise liners in rough seas?
On a cruise ship the priority of all people involved with running the ship is SAFETY. This applies to all aspects of managing such large vessels, especially on rough seas.Starting with the design, modern cruise ships go through an extremely lengthy process that involves specialized teams that work sometimes up to 4 years to bring a new design to a client.When it comes to how the ship's officers handle a cruise liner on rough seas, it all boils down to experience and training. And the new technologies.A bridge officer has gone through years of college, years of hands-on experience on ships of all sizes and countless hours of simulation on state of the art equipment. In addition, the bridge team is a well oiled machine where each and every one of the members knows exactly what to do at the exact time and with maximum efficiency.When a cruise ship comes across rough weather, the officer in charge on the bridge has access to all sorts of information that helps in making decisions regarding the safe passage of the ship:weather condition and forecast—speed and direction of the wind, waves, currents, precipitation.ship's condition—load, speed, stability, direction, traffic in the vicinityBased on the information at hand, the officer in charge can make adjustments in the speed, direction or stability of the ship, so that it is best prepared for whatever the weather brings on. The on-board weather radar, the traffic radar, the gyroscopic stabilizers, the real time information on winds and wave direction and speed, the fast adjustments that can be made to the weight and distribution of the ballast weight and a plethora of sensors that modern ships are fitted with, all bring information to the officers on the bridge so they can make the best decisions.However, since a cruise ship’s main purpose is to be a vacation resort for its passengers, their comfort must taken into account when deciding on one course or another. Based on weather forecasts and, again, the training and experience of the officer, most of the dangers associated with bad weather at sea are avoided by altering the course of the ship for a smoother route.With all that in mind, since ultimately a human makes these decisions, errors can occur. It has happened that a hasty change of direction ordered by a bridge officer in order to avoid an obstacle in the ship's path brought a cruise ship to a dangerously high list.Also, a very large cruise ship cannot stop, change direction or accelerate very fast, as the ship's inertia is tremendously high. For example from a 20 knot speed a 100,000 t vessel will come to a full stop in a mater of minutes and miles as opposed to seconds and meters. A strong gust of wind from the side of the ship (cruise ships can have a lateral surface of approximately 5000 sqm) can destabilize a speeding cruise ship and a list of a few degrees to port or starboard will be felt quite strongly onboard (a 15 degrees tilt is considered severe!) but such incidents are very rare and they are investigated, conclusions drawn and new procedures are implemented in order to improve the management of navigational situation in the future.A 100,000 t ship is extremely difficult to roll on the side. The forces necessary to bring a ship to that situation are extremely high and extremely unlikely. Physics and design work hand in hand when building such large vessels and the probability that a cruise ship capsizes (like in the Poseidon Adventure, the 1972 film) is extremely low.
What are the requirements to join the US Coast Guard? How difficult is it to join?
If you are asking about enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard, I don't have too much information on that.... From what I understand, the process involves meeting with a USCG recruiter and they will walk you through the steps of swearing in and being transported to Cape May, New Jersey for USCG Boot Camp.  Being an officer is an entirely different story.  The other four branches of the military have a variety of ways to commission in their respective branches, be it through one of their service academies, or ROTC in college, or even on rare occasions through direct commission (which is typically for a very specialized skill like Law or Medicine).  The USCG does not have an ROTC program, and I believe that their direct commission program is very limited (I myself was in the USCG for almost four years, and I never once met a direct-commissioned officer).  The only way to become an officer in the USCG is to attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) or Officer Candidate School (OCS).  Both of which are on the campus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London Connecticut.  To attend the USCGA, you need to be top in your class.  It honestly is one of the most academically difficult schools to be accepted into, and to graduate from.  Upon graduation, every cadet is commissioned as an Ensign, and assigned to a Coast Guard Cutter as a Deck Watch Officer or an Engineer.  No exceptions.  If you opt to go the route of OCS, I wish you all the best at getting in with no prior experience with the USCG.  OCS is mostly reserved for prior enlisted personnel in the USCG, and is fiercely competitive amongst the enlisted corps.  In my OCS class of 44 officer candidates, 40 of them were prior enlisted.  I was one of the very rare individuals who came "off the street", and I am certain it helped that I had attended another military college (Virginia Military Institute) and that I had a letter of recommendation from a Flag Officer in the U.S. Air Force.  OCS is four long months, and to be perfectly honest, it can be quite miserable.  The class work was overwhelmingly difficult, and it was basically conducted in a regimented, boot-camp style environment.  But it was also very exciting, and I genuinely have fond memories of my shipmates who I shared the experience. The Coast Guard takes great pride in their mission and their history.  I wish you all the best if you choose to join their ranks.  Semper Paratus!  
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
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