CGA Asmissions Leniency

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by BForce, May 25, 2011.

  1. BForce

    BForce New Member

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    I am a 20 year old Community College student from Connecticut looking for admission to the Academy. I have a 3.35 GPA with one full year complete. I work at a yacht club and operate boats on a daily basis, as well as a marina on LI Sound doing the same. I am a hard and diligent worker and can obtain multiple letters of reference stating so, some of which will be from a KP grad, an active duty USCG CDR, and other prior service officers. I am an avaid sailor and am comfortable on the water. I have been a lifeguard and certified EMT-B for the past 4 years and have demonstrated my leadership capabilities many times throughout these ventures. My SAT score was an 1100. I have had only one incident with the law (2 Misdemeanors), which were dismissed due to my otherwise perfect record. Again I can obtain multiple character references as well to vouch for my past discrepancies. I am considering joining the CG Reserve, would that help influence my case further? I Have wanted to go here since the age of 13, and am prepared to spill my guts in any admissions essay as to why I belong. Any insight to my predicament would be much appreciated.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    This is a very hard time to join Coast Guard reserves. The SAT score will be an issue. The record would likely be an issue. Unfortunately the mistakes we make often follow us, even if we've changed. Do you have long-term plans if CGA does not accept you?
     
  3. BForce

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    Agree

    Yeah I can picture why a spot in the reserves would be hard to come by. I talked to my local recruiter and he told me they had already ceased enlistment for the fiscal year of 2011, and had herd elsewhere they were only taking about 1,000 people on for the same fiscal year as well. How would I fare admission wise at one of the state maritime academies, senior military colleges, or ROTC?
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I think you would have an easier time yes. That said, I'm not telling you to not apply to CGA. The worst they can do is say no. The best...yes.

    Before I separated from the Coast Guard my admiral made a bit of a speech, and he quoted Gretzky (the one quote everyone uses) about "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

    Take a shot and see what happens.
     

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