Time off at the USCGA: weekends,holidays,summers,etc.

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  1. hardknock96

    hardknock96 Member

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    In a decision for where and what I might want to do in terms of college, I want to know what the USCGA is about in terms of time off. From what I understand, a cadet will still have weekends like a normal college. I hear summers are shortened compared to a civilian college's summer. I want to know what I would be getting myself into if accepted to the USCGA. Can any of you professionals elaborate on how time off would be like?
     
  2. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

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    About three weeks off during the summer. About 2.5 weeks at Christmas depending on your exam schedule, and a week at Spring Break. (unless you are part of a Spring sport that travels during Spring Break)

    As far as weekends as a 4/c (freshman) your weekends off will be very limited. There will be some but for the most part you will use them as an opportunity to get caught up. Don't forget you will have a 19+ credit hour course load so staying on top of things is crucial.
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    In my experience, things were very limited 4/c year, but got less limited as you advanced each year.

    4/c year, I think we could go on libery sometime around noon Saturday, but had to be back by, maybe 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. (or somewhere in the middle). Of course, you were so scared of being late, you didn't want to cut it close, so I was probably back an hour or two before I needed to be. Essentially, I had enough time to go to get a bite to eat, catch a movie, and maybe walk around the mall a bit. You could also leave Sunday, maybe just after church (unless you wanted to attend a church in the area), and you had to be back and ready by, I think 6 p.m. We were in uniform whenever we went out.

    When I had liberty 4/c year, I often went to my sponsor family's house.... where I could relax a bit.

    3/c year we had more time off. I feel like we could spend time overnight between Saturday and Sunday, but that may have been 2/c year. I think we had Friday night liberty too. We could wear uniforms or our "3/c libo uniform" which was essentially a blazer.

    2/c year we had more time off. Maybe that's when we had overnights between Saturday and Sunday. We also had "civies" so we could wear whatever clothing we wanted. But remember your 2/c year you're training 4/c, so you generally need to be back, at least part of the time, when it's time to train them.

    I think 1/c year we had overnights too, but I can't remember if that was also overnight Friday. We also had cars, which really freed you up on where you could go. No more relying on the liberty vans, you could drive to Mass. or New York or Rhode Island.

    Each year you got a little more freedom but also more responsibility.

    As far as vacation was concerned, Christmas break was maybe a couple of weeks. You had about a week for Spring break and three weeks for Summer. Some people had a little more time to "recruit" but you had to be doing well in school.

    In most, if not all, things at CGA, there was an approval process and a reward system.

    "Longs" and "Shorts" were weekend liberty that could be earned. It's like vacation time, but was essentially permission to be away overnight. A "short" was overnight between Saturday and Sunday. A "long" was overnight between Friday and Sunday.
     
  4. hardknock96

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    Can you stay at or around the academy at "liberty" and fish in the river the campus is located on?
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Sure, but the rules still apply. If you're at CGA as a 4/c it's still not fun, even if its during libo. That said, it is a little more quiet. There are things you can do at CGA too. Sometimes you'll want to check out gear or play a sport.
     

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