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USCGA Admissions Interview

Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Jump.man11, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. Jump.man11

    Jump.man11 5-Year Member

    Aug 30, 2010
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    I will be applying to the Academy for next year. I am taking a visit in a week and have scheduled an interview with an admissions officer. What will be some of the things or questions that will be talked about and how should i prepare for this?
  2. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO 5-Year Member Retired Staff Member

    Jul 24, 2009
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    My suggestions are fairly simplistic. After interviewing many candidates I've found that many are unable to explain to me the reason they are pursuing an education at the Coast Guard Academy.
    Attending any of the service academies is far more than just receiving the appointment, more than getting through Swab summer and even getting through the 4 years of academics and training.
    You need to reach deep down inside and discover why is it that you are willing to go through this 5 year process (yes, 5 years includes this application year).
    Far too often I hear that candidates are applying to 1, 2, 3 or all service academies but don't seem to understand that they each have a different mission.
    Prepare yourself, explain why you want to serve in the Coast Guard (please, don't say you want to be a rescue swimmer...), don't focus so intently on "wanting to fly," (what happens if that desire doesn't come to be?).
    Be prepared to explain about what you want to major in, how you are preparing yourself academically and physically, how do you serve others now, your perception of the life of a Swab/4C cadet.
    I am confident that if you are well prepared you will come across as a very competitive candidate. Go for it! :thumb:
  3. BruceRTalbot

    BruceRTalbot 5-Year Member

    Apr 19, 2009
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    Very well said.

    I would only add that it might be helpful to explain what you have done over the years that is related to a Coast Guard military life-style: U.S. Naval Sea Cadets, Navy JROTC, Eagle rank Boy Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, local police cadet, can all help to demonstrate that you have a predisposition to military service and will thrive in the academy environment.

    Good luck with your interview!

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