Sea Year with Coast Guard?

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Is it possible for a midshipman to participate in sea-year or at least part of sea-year aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel? I have heard that it is possible to do so with the U.S. Navy, so perhaps it is possible with the Coast Guard? How might this work either way?
 

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The way it usually works is that you request that your internship be served aboard a Navy or Coast Guard vessel. You are expected to arrange your own internship as part of your second sea year (during your second class year). It is an opportunity for you to explore your options after graduation. If you are considering Coast Guard, then a Coast Guard internship would help you decide if that is the path you want to take.
 

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OP: What programs and Academies have you applied to?
 

Mr2020

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Is it possible for a midshipman to participate in sea-year or at least part of sea-year aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel? I have heard that it is possible to do so with the U.S. Navy, so perhaps it is possible with the Coast Guard? How might this work either way?

Yes it is possible to spend part of your sea year on a USCG Cutter. However, you wouldn't get paid a cadet wage or get any commercially useful experience. So I don't see why you would waste time with them rather than experiencing a new platform like MSC, tankers, RoRo, etc. Most people out of USMMA in the USCG are in inspections and didn't want to sail. Also USCG internships are unpaid, I did a commercial aviation internship and got paid for it, not much but above minimum wage.
 
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Yes it is possible to spend part of your sea year on a USCG Cutter. However, you wouldn't get paid a cadet wage or get any commercially useful experience. So I don't see why you would waste time with them rather than experiencing a new platform like MSC, tankers, RoRo, etc. Most people out of USMMA in the USCG are in inspections and didn't want to sail. Also USCG internships are unpaid, I did a commercial aviation internship and got paid for it, not much but above minimum wage.

Commercial Aviation Internship? Wow that's impressive. How was this possible?
 

Mr2020

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I'm confused. So why are you also looking into Marine PLC as an enlisted navy? (other thread)
He said that post was hypothetical, read it again.

Commercial Aviation Internship? Wow that's impressive. How was this possible?
It wasn't impressive, they'll let you do (almost) anything you want for the internship. It's 2 weeks and you have to set it up yourself. Can't expect much from a sophomore or junior in college. I was initially trying to get an internship in financial services/Wall St. but I couldn't get one sadly, called tons of places. I should have been trying for ship brokerage shops, bunker/lube trading shops, owners, etc but I barely understood any of this back then.
 

Mr2020

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The OP says nothing about it being hypothetical, they ask if it is possible.

Quotes from that post, "If this very hypothetical situation is possible, would it be open to enlisted Navy sailors?" Really?
 

azmilmom

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Quotes from that post, "If this very hypothetical situation is possible, would it be open to enlisted Navy sailors?" Really?

Taking a look at the entire post, it does look like OP is inquiring based on their situation and the 'hypothetical' refers to their situation and trying to figure out the best course of action rather than just a random question. The last sentence says "this would be one of the best FOR ME":

I know that this is unlikely, but is it possible for a person to already be enlisted in the military, and go through PLC? Let's say someone is working on their degree stateside and is able to take enough leave to enroll in the 6 week training routines in the summer. Is this allowed? Additionally, would the tuition assistance provided to normal college students through this route to commissioning be available to enlisted? If this very hypothetical situation is possible, would it be open to enlisted Navy sailors? I know that there are other routes to commissioning, but I believe that if possible, that this would be one of the best for me, if at all possible. If not, then I completely understand.
 
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