Preparing to go to uscga

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Katrina, Mar 2, 2015.

  1. Katrina

    Katrina Member

    Jun 9, 2013
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    Is it best to get wisdom teeth taken out before r day? When are you able to get the eye surgery? What types of obstacles are there and how should you prepare for them? Any tips for getting ready?

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  2. ckarve

    ckarve Member

    May 9, 2013
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    A lot of cadets prefer to get it done before R-day but it is not a must. If you are talking about lasik eye surgery it should be done after you are 21. It is a medical DQ if you get it done now.
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    You'll most likely need to have your wisdom teeth out before you commission. So if you wait, you roll the dice between having it done at the sub base (no thanks) or at a private dentist, compliments of the Coast Guard (yes please). I had mine done on the Coast Guard's dime, at the private dentist. It was as good of an experience as having teeth removed can be..... and it was free.

    Our senior year we had different waves of medical requirements before graduation. Getting the small pox shot was one. Wisdom teeth was another. Once they're removed, you spend a night or so in the CGA Clinic resting up and being observed... then it's back to Chase Hall.

    Not sure why you'd want to have it done before you report, unless they're really really bothering you. I would avoid doing anything to your eyes that hasn't gotten the OK from the Coast Guard. You don't want something to go wrong and then show up that first week of Swab Summer, resulting in your early exit.
  4. alaska66

    alaska66 CGA Admissions Partner 5-Year Member

    Apr 13, 2012
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    DD's Admissions Officer informed her that the cadet handbook for the Class of 2019 would be available mid to late March, but that there are very few, if any, changes from 2018. You can view the handbook and required documents for 2018 at:

    Here's the paragraph dealing with dental found in the Cadet Handbook (again this was for the CLASS OF 2018):

    To ensure good dental health, it is recommended that you have a complete dental exam and finish any required treatment, including extraction of wisdom teeth, before June 1, 2014. If you have significant dental history, such as cleft palate repair, orthognathic surgery or oral facial trauma, please submit a copy of those records with your Immunization Record Form. Incoming cadets are no longer required to provide panographic and bitewing dental radiographs. These x-rays will be taken after you arrive at the Academy; however, you may submit current (taken after January 1, 2014) dental x-rays if available with your Immunization Record Form. These x-rays should be submitted on CD with your name and the exposure date(s) clearly marked.

    I know my older DD, who is a 3/c, had a classmate get his wisdom teeth removed over this past Thanksgiving. However, he received his appointment very late in the process and probably did not have time to have them removed prior. Perhaps a call to your Admissions Officer will provide you a definite answer.
  5. grevar

    grevar CGA Admissions Partner

    Mar 5, 2013
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    If you have good dental insurance that covers it, I'd recommend having it done before R-Day (A couple of months before R-Day). If not, and it is going to be a huge expense (and the wisdom teeth aren't currently a problem), I'd say leave them alone and the CG will take them out if necessary. That's just my opinion as a parent, and not from anything official I've read or been told. I know many cadets have them done while they are there.
  6. kphopeful2019

    kphopeful2019 Member

    Apr 12, 2015
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    I would get them out before if possible. I just got mine out this week, and I was hella sore for 4-5 days. They will probably do it for you there. But in all honesty your probably gonna be miserable for a considerable amount of time. I would suggest just getting it over with if possible

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