Sequestration and the services

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by faststreet, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. faststreet

    faststreet Member

    Aug 24, 2013
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    My DS is applying to USNA, USCG, USAFA and NROTC for the class of 2018. One thing to consider is how sequestration will affect the various services. He plans to stay in beyond the 5 yr requirement. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I know USCG is the smallest of the services, but not sure how they are affected. I saw online that they are looking at getting some brand new planes from the Air Force that the Air Force will not be able to operate due to sequestration.
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    I'm sure tug-boat, LITS, and others will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure USCG is part of Homeland and not DoD, so I don't think they are affected by the sequester in the same way DoD is.

    It seems USNA is delaying shipbuilding and having fewer ships actively deployed at any one time, based on the reading I have done. Additionally, manpower is being cut in US Navy and USMC, so there is less of a need for new officers aside from the impact the economy has on increased retention.

    USAF is deactivating squadrons and limiting training flight hours. They also seem to be going more and more towards drones, independent of the sequester.

    I certainly wouldn't base any decision on the impacts of sequestration especially if your son is considering a long term career in the services. When I look around the world and see various trouble spots and pivots to other regions while the regions we are in are less than quiet, I suspect there is trouble ahead. If some trouble spot doesn't "blow up" in the next 8 years of the sequester I, for one, would be very surprised and consider us lucky. Whether any blow-up would be big enough to cause re-growth in the services would remain to be seen. Anyway, the point is that things could change direction on a dime.

    All just my opinion. Who knows? Maybe I'm reading the wrong articles. As a suggestion, one place I go to online to try to keep up is Others would be the online "magazines" for each service, like Marine Corps Times, Stars and Stripes, etc.
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    Correct, the USCG budget is not part of the DOD's budget process. The Coast Guard, like many other agencies and services, is feeling the crunch too.

    The Coast Guard is 1/4 the size of the Marine Corps, but has 1/16 the budget (last I checked)... so it's already strapped for cash. Given the size of the Coast Guard's contract, I think they have less advocacy from the defense industry.

    The Coast Guard is supposed to get some Air Force planes that the USAF doesn't especially want. The will replace the Coast Guard's modernization program that involved HC-144s. The HC-144s were replacing VERY cold and broken HU-25s.

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