USNA/USCGA

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Falconfan14, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. Falconfan14

    Falconfan14 Prospective

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    What are some of the differences between the USNA and USCGA?
    Yes, I understand there different paths and things like that, but I'm just talking about the academies themselves.

    Thanks! :wiggle:
     
  2. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    I hope you also posted this on the USCGA forum. I ALMOST went to USCGA oh so many years ago.

    Major differences then (and probably now):

    1. Smaller size. USCGA is about 1600 students vs. 4400 for USNA.

    2. Different mission. USCG is involved in drug interdiction, rescue, coastal defense, buoy maintenance, and icebreaking. All VERY important missions -- no joke. USN does different things -- as a USCG jr. officer, you'll likely have MORE responsibility -- just keeping it real.

    3. Academics -- US News & others would say USNA is stronger; I don't know that it's true but suspect it may be by a hair.

    4. Division 1-A athletics. You may or may not care. But USNA football is "real" football and the athletics are first-rate for men & women.

    5. More activities. This is a sheer numbers issue -- 3x as many students means more ECAs, etc.

    I came so VERY close to attending USCGA. It's a great school and the USCG is a great service. Forget (a bit) about the academies and focus on what your career will be like. They are very different -- neither is better but one might be better for you.
     
  3. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    If USCGA had 1600 cadets they wouldn't know where to house them!

    Current cadet strength is 979.
     
  4. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    ^^^^

    Oops, my bad. I was thinking back to the days when I applied and there were about 350 per class (or at least that's what I recall -- it was a long time ago). I should have looked it up before posting.:redface:
     

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