Coast Guard Coins

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by sanman, Jul 13, 2019.

  1. sanman

    sanman Member

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    Is there any special significance to the coins that are awarded at USCGA? My son was awarded 2 at yesterday's AIM graduation. One of which Rear Admiral Kelly said was his 'own' coin. Does anyone know how many different coins there are?
     
  2. ekb1398

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    Coins, or "Challenge coins," are pretty common in the military, and it isn't just an Academy or even Coast Guard thing. They are usually for an individual or ship/unit, just as in this case your son was awarded one by Admiral Kelly. They are often collected and it is not at all uncommon to walk into an office and see a display of all the coins somebody has collected throughout their career. Having one from an Admiral is a pretty cool thing.

    They were originally called challenge coins because when a group went out drinking, somebody could pull out their coin and place it on the bar, effectively "issuing the challenge." Anybody who didn't have a coin had to buy a round of drinks for all those that did, but if everyone was able to produce one, the original challenger bought the round. I don't know how far back the tradition started.
     
  3. sanman

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    Many thanks for the information. My son was the male Honor Graduate for AIM Week 1 and when he collected his award Rear Admiral Kelly also gave both Honor Grads one of his own coins. It was pretty cool. The more time I spend at USCGA the more I am impressed by it and everyone who is involved.
     
  4. ekb1398

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    I am a cadet here right now, so if you have any questions or want to find out anything else about it from a non-admissions standpoint then feel free to shoot me a message!
     
  5. sanman

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    Wow what a very kind offer. Many thanks!
     
  6. Thumper

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    My son was in Alpha 4 with your son. He said that your son was a great guy, and was so happy for him. My DS is also a football recruit and looking forward to high school and hopefully a great season. He is excited to apply to the CGA. We have a DS that is Chase Cadre that completely toasted our Aimster...

    My DD (HS class of 2018) is great friends with a soccer played from Carlisle. He is attending PSU. Are you familiar with the Little family?
     
  7. sanman

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    Many thanks. They must have been a hard working group to get Honor Platoon. My son was very impressed with Cadre. Hopefully if our sons both get in then they will be team mates! My DS is very excited about this year to but also I think a little sad that it's his last year with his HS team mates. He will be applying EA, hopefully his performance at AIM will help as I understand it is taken into account. Especially the thoughts of the Cadre.

    No I have never heard of the Little family.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    Very cool.
     
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