General Questions

dadencale

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Hi everyone! I have been researching academies and I think I have decided on the USCGA as my number one choice! I was just wondering, what does life look like after graduation? Am I sent to more schooling dependent on my selected rate or am I sent out to the Coast Guard directly!

General Stats:
GPA: 4.3W/3.75UW
Rank: Top 15% of 400ish kids
ACT: Haven't had a chance to take it this year but I am anticipating a 31+ Hopefully
I was also selected to attend Boys State


School Activities
Club/Activity/SportApproximate hoursGrades of participationDescribe your role or responsibility-Offices held
Varsity Soccer109 and 12I have played for my previous highschool and am on the team to play for [Redacted]
Club Soccer69I was a member of a division one soccer club from Germany. I was a starter and the captain. I earned multiple awards for my performance.
Band159-12I am one of three Band Captains. I help instruct 230 students during band. My responsibilities include but are not limited to: Teaching visual blocks, Writing music, Teaching music, and Organizing events for the high brass section (40 people)
Jazz Ensemble5+ (varies)9-12I am apart of the jazz band here at [Redacted]. With my leadership role in the music program, a lot of my responsibilities carry over to jazz as well. We have competed locally as well as nationally. I have earned straight superiors in every adjudication I have attended
Independent Piano (I have played for 10 years)89-12I have played piano for close to ten years. I have played in many settings including but not limited to: Church, Retirement Homes and Hospitals.
Indoor Percussion159-12I have served in many leadership positions in my time with Indoor Percussion. I have been: The sound technician, the bassline section leader and I am currently one of the only returning veterans on the cymbal line (will lead)
Jazz Education Network512I am the founder of the Jazz Education Network chapter here at [Redacted]. I created this club to help give younger students exposure to jazz. I schedule events, teach, and arrange clinics. The club has secured a partnership with the Pensacola Jazz society in its first year of existence. I was elected president of this club by students in band
Tri-M Music Honor Society210-12I am a member of the music honor society. As a member, I participate in the monthly service requirements in the community.
National Honor Society and Beta211-12I am a member of both the National Honor society as well as Beta Club. As a member, I participate in the monthly service requirements in the community
Musical Orchestra1010I was the principal player in a pit orchestra for a musical. My responsibilities included: Teaching music to my section and participating in show weekends with the crew.

Employment


JobDates EmployedHours per weekJob Description
Barista at ‘Dunkin Donuts04/12/2019 - 06/14/201925I made specialty drinks for customers, cleaned the store, ran the front counter (made drinks and ran the register at the same time) and handled customer service interactions
Crewmember at Smoothie King06/08/2020-Present22I prepare fruits/juices, create specialty drinks, I clean both the front and the back of the store (...a lot) and handle customer service interactions

Awards/Honors
Award/HonorYear ReceivedDescribe the award
North Carolina All-State Eligibility2019I was selected as fifth out of 128 students on my instrument to participate in the All-State audition Process.
Rookie of the year, Indoor Drumline2018 and 2019Was honored as an outstanding member in drumline due to my position and work ethic.
Outstanding Instrumentalist2019Was honored in my music program for being an “Outstanding Brass Instrumentalist” voted on by members of the program
Academic Distinction (Old High School)2018 and 2019Was given recognition for finishing the academic year with a 4.0 or higher GPA
Solo and Ensemble2020I earned a superior rating for my performance and solo in the music program. I was judged by clinicians from the area
 

Jjrrugg

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This doesn’t answer any of your questions, but your music resume looks impressive. I would reach out to the person who is in charge of cadet band or similar to see if you can be a recruited musician. It will make your application stand out among those who have similar stats.
 

zbsigpi

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There is a possibility that you may be sent on for more education but I would prepare to be an officer somewhere.
 

Capt MJ

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A small distinction. You are not “sent out to the Coast Guard” at graduation. You are in the Coast Guard from the day you report in and take your induction path. Active duty status as a serving adult.
Good luck!
 

shiner

USAFA Grad, Faculty 3yrs, ALO 7yrs, DS USMMA '24
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I would reach out to the person who is in charge of cadet band or similar to see if you can be a recruited musician.
^THIS! The band director at USAFA did not have a voice in the admissions process, BUT USCGA does and I was very surprised to learn about that during an in-person visit.
 

Fairfaxmom

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The statistics for the class of 2024 include 16 "rated performing artists". My cadet is one of them. Had the opportunity to meet the band director and attend a rehearsal during the "cadet for a day" program (looks like those are virtual this year). They even have a swab band during swab summer. As far as your other questions, a lot of that information can be found on the CGA website. There is a careers link and links to cadet blogs so you can get an idea of what goes on each year.
 

sanman

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^THIS! The band director at USAFA did not have a voice in the admissions process, BUT USCGA does and I was very surprised to learn about that during an in-person visit.
They have a voice but little influence. My DS was a priority football recruit for USCGA. The coaches were all very clear that they would support his application but have very little influence on selection. But the OP should absolutely pursue this avenue, even the slightest advantage should be grasped!
 

Fairfaxmom

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[QUOTE="sanman, post: 758815, member: But the OP should absolutely pursue this avenue, even the slightest advantage should be grasped!
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Can’t agree more. If your application is already strong, go for early action. If something listed as optional, do it. Show your interest in CGA. If there is a local or virtual info session - sign up for it. My cadet talked to several active duty and retired CG folks about what they did in their careers. Find out who your admissions partner is - they can help you with any specific questions if you can’t find the answers on the website, and they are the ones that do your interview if you have one (not everyone does).
 

LineInTheSand

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The Coast Guard is typically on the job training for junior officers. Outside of flight school you'll have different training and qualifications at your unit. Eventually there will be schools. I went to a public affairs school and a crypto school on my first assignment (on a cutter). Later there will be opportunities to go to graduate school too.

Some services will require additional schools (when you leave West Point, I'd guess many have to go to schools for their branches (specialties).
 

Missilerider

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How many hours of community service should I strive for from now until the last day the ROTC application is open?I have 36 hours of community service.
 
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