Discussion in 'Coast Guard Academy - USCGA' started by Hornet222, May 9, 2013.
Pros and cons, anything additional that should be considered?
Well, first, would you rather be a Coast Guard officer or an Air Force officer? Either way, you better like wearing blue.
What do you see yourself doing?
Quick answer: which do you prefer better, wide open spaces with solid ground under your feet with the occasional trip to a sandy place, or tight living spaces that rock and roll, but with the benifit of living on or near the coast.
Refering to LITS, though, seriously, what do you want to do with yourself? Coast Guard and Air Force have entirely different missions. You may want to familiarize yourself with each through going online to the websites, finding vets in your school and neighborhood, and doing campus visits.
You won't get too much pro or con, because what's good for one person (lots of sea time) may be bad for another (lots of sea sickness).
Besides the different missions. The Coast Guard Academy and an AFROTC detachment at a public College or Private University are totally dissimilar.
Comparing two or more service academies is one thing but ROTC at a civilian college has a lot more variables involved.
Also ask yourself, do you want an "Academy" life in college, or a typical "College" lifestyle with an occasional military flavor. I understand the USCGA can be pretty hardcore.
AFROTC mom of a 2012 grad that is at UPT. Wife of a now retired AF O5.
Unless you want fighters, GO CGA.
AFROTC has a make or break yr, their sophomore yr. No SFT = no commissioning. AFROTC scholarship is considered "masked". IOTW the board has no clue which cadet is on scholarship, and which cadet is not on scholarship.
Even if you want fighters, understand the chances are very slim. ROTC on a whole has a much lower retention rate, way below 50%.
AF flying world from start to finish, you are looking at about 5% get fighters.
Finally, if flying is your dream, than investigate how long you have to stay in after you wing. AF is 10 yrs.
Our DS is at UPT. His clock will not start ticking until Mar 2014. He will be 34 before he can bolt, regardless of what airframe he gets.
OBTW, I have to say CG has much better locations than the AF regardless of going rated.
Why Not Minot? Freezin is in the Reason (you can be sent to ND)
OH MY GOD NO ALAMOGORDO!
That is before we discuss bases in S Korea, Idaho, AK, MS and TX. Our DS is at a base the AF commonly calls Hell Rio! (Laughlin AFB, DEL RIO)
CG has much better stations.
I bleed AF blue, and I am sure LITS is falling off his chair reading this post by me saying go CGA!
However, I am being the devils advocate IMPO. I am saying think!
Do I think our DS took the wrong choice? No! DS wanted fighters, and he was willing to risk it all. You have to decide for yourself are you willing to risk everything with no guarantee?
I of course would say "go with CGA".... but I don't agree the Coast Guard has better locations. Often CG bases are located on the crummiest corners of Navy bases.
Alamogordo is the friendliest city (according to Alamogordo)... it's not bad.
As far Minot is concerned, I'd rather be there than Attu, AK. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attu_Station,_Alaska
I'll see your Attu and raise you a Thule AFB.
See your Thule, raise you Attu. Attu is like "The Thing" but less technology and the same number of people.
Attu (the CG Loran station) is closed.
CGC Sherman visited last winter and took some photos with some crewmembers formerly stationed there, including the CO.
"The Big Year" with Steve Martin was shot on location.
All of the LORAN stations are closed and the LORANimals are a dying breed. You can thank DHS for that.
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