Coast Guard enlisted to Naval Academy: questions!

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  1. hugyourewoks

    hugyourewoks New Member

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    Hello!
    I've got some questions regarding the application and transition process from Coast Guard to the Naval Academy. I'm a 20 y/o Fireman (E-3) on a Coast Guard Cutter applying to the Naval Academy; the only problem is my command is confused about the whole process regarding switching services and my obligated service changing and other active duty questions. My command is behind me one hundred percent, but is just not certain how to proceed with my application. I'm familliar with the application process as a civilian, but this is the first time I have done it in the Coast Guard. Also, I was unable to complete my congressional appointment applications due to deployment times, so I'm counting on the Presidential (my father is retired USMC, USNA `86, 19.5 years) and the SecNav nomination.

    Thanks!!
     
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    I'll give that information to my DIVO. I gave him OPNAVINST 1420.1B. Hopefully that will clear up any issues. I am also applying to USCGA, keeping all my options open.
     
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    The resourceful and self-starting young FN should make that call, IMHO! It's your application, and unless your DivO has requested you to have him/her handle everything, at a minimum, you should call the senior chief. Get name, direct line, email, and maybe some preliminary answers. Summarize and provide to DivO. I recognize you're very junior, but your DivO is a busy officer in a sea duty billet, and anything you can do to do advance legwork will only emphasize your initiative and commitment to this goal. Senior Chiefs can be intimidating folks, but they were FN/SN/HN at one point, and this one spends his days talking to junior enlisted personnel about these kinds of questions.

    Just call the main Admissions line, introduce yourself as Fireman Finarkle, Coast Guard active duty and a candidate for the Class of 20_ _ and ask for the senior enlisted staff member who works with enlisted applicants. Have your questions written out and present yourself professionally, confidently and appreciatively on the phone. Alternately, there is an email option where you can introduce yourself, describe your situation and ask specific questions.
     
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    hugyourewoks New Member

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    Since we are underway I'll use the online form.
     
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    murfthesurf DS - USNA 2020

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    Follow up with a call as soon as you can when you get back to shore.

    NOTHING beats a direct phone call, as Capt MJ suggests !
     
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    Great suggestions on here. Get a good summary of what questions your DivO has and then provide feedback from your conversation. Tell the Chief that your DivO has some concerns and he may want to speak with him just to ease any of his concerns. Agree, this is your application and no one will care about it as much as you. Take the lead, be a professional and keep the communication going between yourself, the Chief, and your leadership.
     
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    Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I had a sitdown with my DivO today and we discussed USNA, USCGA, and "A" school; as a CWO3s, he understands my position and looks at the application with prior enlisted expertise.
     

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