What else should I be doing to get an appointment if my parents are opposed to me attending the CGA?

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  1. bcfencing

    bcfencing New Member

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    Thanks for your advice on the PFE. The running is the part that comes most easily to me anyway, as I ran cross-country way back in middle school. I'll continue to improve my upper body/core strength to max or get close to max on the sit ups and push ups.

    As for my parents, I'll do my best to educate them about the Coast Guard Academy. If we can't visit it in person, I will definitely show them the website and some of the videos on it that I feel give a really good representation of the academy. It's just so hard to help them understand that this is what I feel is best for me!
     
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    Thank you. I will keep that in mind when talking to them and throughout the whole application process.
     
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  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

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    Coast Guard doesn't "kill" anyone, if anything they save more lives and police water, less than 1% of the US military is combat arms. Don't let your parents discourage you. Do what you want, trust me you wont regret it. Keep high school grades up, its easy just budget time
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

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    Just to be clear, the Coast Guard doesn't typically kill anyone, however the guns aren't to make hugging more comfortable for all involved...
     
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    You can attend Boys State between your HS Junior and Senior year. It will improve your leadership score.
     
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    bluenoseshellback 5-Year Member

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    I'm a CGA grad who is past my 5 year commitment. Originally my parents (and their friends) were against me going to a SA. They got over it and now have CG stuff plastered all over their cars. :rolleyes:

    I turned 18 prior to R Day so at first that's how they accepted me going there. Things they realized after the fact that made them love the decision:

    * They didn't after worry about me partying during the week or skipping classes.

    * I had a good job post graduation and wasn't going to move back in with them.

    Another thing, not everyone in the CG carries guns. I've never qualified at the range and given my current career path am unlikely to do so. In fact not many officers do so past their first couple of years.

    My parents earlier fears about the military have turned into fears that I'll move to Alaska and never come back. They do have a point with that one though...
     
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  10. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner

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    It might be worth reading some of the cadet blog entries on the Academy website, if you haven't already. If possible, get your parents to read them as well (I realize this may not be realistic).

    That said, as a parent of a cadet, and one whose wife had many of the same concerns that your mom has, please feel free to PM me.
     
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    I've read some of them, maybe I'll eventually get my parents to read them as well. Right now though, my parents are trying to avoid conversations about the CGA until I research and look at some civilian schools, in the hopes that I'll give up this idea, which is not going to happen, unfortunately for them.
     
  12. 5Day

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    Listen to your parents and investigate civilian schools. At a minimum you may need a civilian school as your backup plan since all of the SA are competitive. Go through the process with an open mind. Who knows you may actually find a school that is better for you than CGA.
     

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