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Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by eaglescout68, Jun 19, 2014.

  1. eaglescout68

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    Hi,
    I know this is a long way off but I want to know what I can do in my four years of college to hopefully get accepted into the coast guard academy. I know about OCS but I do not mind at all going to 8 years of college.


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  2. Jcc123

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    I think you may be confused - the Coast Guard Academy is a college.
     
  3. eaglescout68

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    I know that. I did not do well enough in high school, and in addition I want to go the academy, although they did not have the major I was looking for. But after four years at another college. I want to try and get into the academy and go there for four years.


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    Ah ok - I misinterpreted your post. Why wouldn't you just re-apply next year? As 22 is the max age to enter, you'd likely be DQ'd if you wait 4 years.
     
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    I never applied. I have thought about that though I would like to have an emergency management degree then go to the academy to study management.


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  6. PupNSuds

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    Why wouldn't you apply?? I highly discourage you from going to a four year college and then applying to USCGA. If you really want to get an education in emergency management, do it in graduate school. If you are already in the service, you will be able to collect on the GI bill rather than accruing 4 years of student loans and then going to a service academy for another 4 years where you won't have a great stream of income.

    Even if your grades/test scores/whatever weren't exactly where they needed to be to gain admittance to USCGA, you still had a chance of being accepted to CGAS. A bit foolish on your part.
     
  7. Physicsguru

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    Ok, I'm a bit confused here. So what are your goals? Do you want to get a free, second bachelor's degree? Are you planning on going to grad school? Are you looking for the officer's commission, or the free education? Are you willing to wait until your 28 or 29 to get a real job?

    Remember, the mission of the academy is to make officers for the Coast Guard. If you earn your bachelor's degree on your own, then why should the CG spend the time and money to give you commission from the academy when they can just send you to OCS and give you the commission in 14 weeks?

    If you want to attend the academy, apply now! If you don't get in, you can try again the next year while still attending another college. If you get your degree from another college, go to OCS, do your fleet time, and apply for graduate school.
     
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    Thanks, I really wish I did better in high school. I am looking at all options. Can someone do ocs without enlisting


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  10. PupNSuds

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    Absolutely, I have a friend who went to a four year college and then applied to OCS and got in after graduating and working for a bit with no military experience.

    Don't put yourself down too much with your high school performance. If you are aiming for OCS your performance in college will matter much more. Not everyone does great in high school (myself included) and going to college let's you start again with a mostly clean slate and do better.
     

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