Advice once you reach the Fleet

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  1. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Coasties to be, or current cadets,


    A little advice for all of you future cuttermen, not the whole book of advice, but a short bit to think about...

    1. During your summer assignments, qualify in everything you can.
    2. Do not drink with the crew (especially if you are not of age), although attending social functions with the Wardroom are fine.
    3. Look out for your shipmates.
    4. Qualify basic and advanced DCPQS FAST! Don't wait for the underway study sessions, stay after the work day and get it done inport.
    5. Work on your qualifications like it's your business (because it is your business).
    6. Know the members of your division(s).
    7. Find a "Sea Daddy", that chief you trust who will impart all of his knowledge he can to you.
    8. Work with, not against, your fellow JOs.
    9. What happens in the wardroom, stays in the wardroom. The Rumor Mill extends to the fleet.
    10. Always keep your shipmates, your ship, and this country safe.


    That's a very rough bit of advice, this is so much more too, out there.


    Hopefully I have been a little helpful for prospective applicants of USCGA. As I have stated, I will no longer participate on this website, so also, good-bye.


    Good luck with your future asperations!
     
  2. Luigi59

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    :frown: Sorry to see you go, but I understand your decision to leave.

    Good luck to you.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    And now I'm back...
     
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    :biggrin: Glad of that LIS, remember, "illegitami non carborundum." Look it up if necessary.:thumb:
     
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    good one /\/\/\
     
  6. iank2012

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    i realize this may be a rather naive question, but what exactly do you mean by qualifications
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Not a bad question. In some branches of the military, you will have schools for your primary duties. The Army sends people to BOLC II for training. For the Coast Guard and Navy, many times we have qualifications instead of schools. You will get to your unit and you will know little. You get a package, which has different aspects of driving a ship that you will practice. As you get better, eventually someone who is already qualified will sign them off. When you get everything sign off, and take a board (basically like an exam, but where qualified people are asking the questions), and when you pass you are qualified. Other qualifications just involve doing the paperwork, showing a proficiency and taking a test.
     

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