I recently heard a couple of LT's talking about promotion to O-4 being incredibly competitive. And with the budget cut happening, things aren't looking good at all. If anyone has looked at other parts of this forum or read the news, they'll notice that the Air Force has canceled their OCS classes for this year, as well as sealing in college ROTC scholarships. Additionally, they are turning down cadets who aren't meeting the raised standards to seeking that golden commission. To what extent is the Coast Guard being effected by this economy, and how does it spell out for the future? Thanks.