Coasties to be, or current cadets, A little advice for all of you future cuttermen, not the whole book of advice, but a short bit to think about... 1. During your summer assignments, qualify in everything you can. 2. Do not drink with the crew (especially if you are not of age), although attending social functions with the Wardroom are fine. 3. Look out for your shipmates. 4. Qualify basic and advanced DCPQS FAST! Don't wait for the underway study sessions, stay after the work day and get it done inport. 5. Work on your qualifications like it's your business (because it is your business). 6. Know the members of your division(s). 7. Find a "Sea Daddy", that chief you trust who will impart all of his knowledge he can to you. 8. Work with, not against, your fellow JOs. 9. What happens in the wardroom, stays in the wardroom. The Rumor Mill extends to the fleet. 10. Always keep your shipmates, your ship, and this country safe. That's a very rough bit of advice, this is so much more too, out there. Hopefully I have been a little helpful for prospective applicants of USCGA. As I have stated, I will no longer participate on this website, so also, good-bye. Good luck with your future asperations!