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Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by TheKnight, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    So, currently I am in the process of applying to USMA (I'm pretty much done, all I have left is my CFA). It has been my first choice for a while and I hadn't really considered CGA (although I have considered USNA and USAFA).

    Now, my goal was to go to USMA, do my commitment, and then go into law enforcement afterwards.

    Recently, I discovered that if one wants to go into law enforcement (especially Federal law enforcement) then one would do better to go into the Coast Guard because Coast Guard Officer, Warrant Officers, and Petty Officers are technically members of the Dept of Homeland Security and have federal law enforcement status.

    My question is, once you have been commissioned as a CG Officer, how much law enforcement experience do you actually get? Or, is it up to you whether you're doing primarily law enforcement or SAR?


    Also, is it a bad idea to apply to CGA expecting to preform law enforcement duties as a CG Officer when you graduate?


    Thanks in advance for any help,
    TheKnight.
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Not at all....

    The vast majority of law enforcement activity in the Coast Guard happens in two general areas....at a Sector on the Response side of the house, also if you are on a cutter (recommend white hull cutter), shoot for going to FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) in Charleston to qualify as a boarding officer. You will break in as an assistant boarding officer, get some qualifications signed off on your ship and at some point be THE boarding officer.

    You will have OTHER missions, many other missions, but these are the best two ways to get your hands dirty in LE.

    There is also a law enforcement rating for enlisted members of the Coast Guard.

    Unlike other branches of the military, Coast Guard may perform law enforcement missions.
     
  3. TheKnight

    TheKnight Class of 2014

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    Thanks for the info.:thumb:
     
  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    No problem...good luck!
     

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