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Posted: 3/10/2006 8:18:10 AM EDT
People used to make fun of Coasties because they thought it was a way of dodging Vietnam. I think being in the Coast Guard would be pretty cool. Chasing drug smugglers, rescuing dumbass boaters, doing homeland security shit, send Hatians back to Haiti. I could dig it.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 8:21:33 AM EDT
I did 5 years. All small boat stations. Search and Rescue and Maritime Law Enforcement. When I was in it was that "5th military service". Yeah we always got laughed at and joked about but didnt bother me. I dont know what its like now after 9/11 as I got out in 96 but I had a great 5 years and did some cool things. Spent 5 years screwing around off the coast of New England in the summer. Most people would pay to do that.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 8:25:46 AM EDT
I believe the Coast Guard ran the landing craft during the Normandy invasion. I'd say that's pretty well-involved.

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 8:32:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By motown_steve:
People used to make fun of Coasties because they thought it was a way of dodging Vietnam. I think being in the Coast Guard would be pretty cool. Chasing drug smugglers, rescuing dumbass boaters, doing homeland security shit, send Hatians back to Haiti. I could dig it.



My physics teacher in HS joined the Coast Guard during 'nam to avoid Vietnam. Figured he'd keep Baltimore safe from the VC. Ended up on a patrol craft in South Vietnam gettin' shot at occasionally.

Anyway, the USCG is a cool service. They do lots of interesting things from SAR to supporting research. When I was looking for a service, it came highly recommended. You had a better chance of actually being at sea, rather than stuck at a desk or something. Also odds were you'd spend more time at home than your Navy counterparts.

The only issue that was brought up was that when some dumbass inevitably went out in weather no sailor had any business being out in, you'd get to go out and get him.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 8:57:21 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 9:00:38 AM EDT by LANCEMAN]
I was active duty for almost 6 years and I'm still in the reserves. I'm an Electronics Technician, nothing very exciting really, but that was what I chose to do so I'm not complaining at all, I enjoyed it. Most of my time active I was stationed on land and it was like any other 9-5 Monday thru Friday job. The pay wasn't terrible when you add in BAH, etc. When I left active duty last year I was taking home $3100 a month after taxes as an E-5.

Your experience in the USCG just depends what rate you choose and where the detailer sends you. There are thousands of different things to do, about 1% of it is actually chasing drug smugglers, rescuing people, etc. That is what they like to show on TV though .

Link Posted: 3/10/2006 9:02:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 9:03:33 AM EDT by Goonboss]
The USCG ran lots of swift boats during Vietnam, and, have
done other stuff like the landing craft during WWII and that.

I wasn't in the CG, but, most all of my freinds went into it.
I grew up in a tiny coastal town in NC where the main
industry was fishing so, we had lots of interaction with the
CG. Those guys who didn't grow up to be fishermen,
joined the CG.

By all accounts they loved it to a man. I have not heard
anyone speak negatively about the CG. As someone else
said....Tons of opportunities/assignment types.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 9:23:56 AM EDT
I'm currently in the Coast Guard, and I'm stuck behind a desk doing port intelligence stuff. The weird thing is everytime they call a bomb threat or something like that against a maritime facility, i.e. a port or shipyard, I'm the guys running towards the sound of sirens. Makes for an interesting life sometimes.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 11:48:50 AM EDT
I had an Uncle who was a Costie during WW2 He received 8 battle stars in the South Pacific. His gun crew shot down 2 Japanese planes and participated in 11 landings under fire. Those small landing boats are the target for the enemy gunners the Costies who were driving them made many many trips to the beachs during every landing. Heroes all
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 2:25:07 PM EDT
Coast Guard Reserve here. It was a lot of fun and I worked with a lot of great people. The Law Enforcement training I got there was top notch.
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 2:30:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LANCEMAN:
about 1% of it is actually chasing drug smugglers, rescuing people, etc. That is what they like to show on TV though .



Isn't it like that for all services? I wonder how many water purification specialists there are out there who thought they were going to be SF or flying Apaches...
Link Posted: 3/10/2006 3:41:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/10/2006 3:42:29 PM EDT by mototard]
I was a Coastie. Regrete ever leaving. I would be able to retire 2008. I went to fedral boarding officer school (Petaluma ,Ca)and was in a LE DET (Law Enforcment Detactment, small boat Sta.) Loved every min. of it.
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