Any "coasties" on here?

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  1. salt water guy

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    It's a long story, but wondering what it's like to enlist/serve in the Coast Guard these days. Got an 18 yr old with lots of promise -- but probably not ready for prime time, (college and the astronomical $$ tuition) quite yet. Worked for me, (Navy) when I was an 18 yr old ne'er-do-well many years ago. I was impressed with the Coasties that were part of my A school QM training. (The Navy's a tougher sell with momma) Any thoughts, advice, suggestions welcome...

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    proud, but exasperated Dad
     
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    If he does choose to serve, I'd suggest thinking about the long-term. Do 20 years, get the pension and hopefully school paid for, get out at 40 years old and start a second career for the double-dip of salaries. Sometimes I wish that was my route, in hindsight.
     
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    I would sell Momma on the fact that he's more likely to be put in harms way as a Puddle Pirate (I'm a retired USN BMC so I can say that! lol) doing drug interdiction than he is on the big pond with the Navy! My middle son is currently in Nuke MM A school and they are giving these kids too much money to enlist AND stay in to not join now! Just my .02 :)
     
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    Im retired Navy. Retired last April. 39 years old and retired. Cant beat that. The Navy has alot to offer not that im trying to sell you on it of course. If he has a degree I would have him look into going in as an officer and not enlisted to be honest.
     
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    Yes, that would be cool. Lots to discuss and figure out. I'll be happy if I can get him open to the idea. So far -- no dice...
     
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    Thank you and point taken… Probably overthinking it, but China and Russia’s recent advancements with hypersonic, anti-ship missiles give me pause. Hopefully we’re countering the threat with something… (Is your son in Orlando? If it’s what I’m thinking of, that’s a loooong, arduous program). Congrats on your Navy career and with your son now stepping up!
     
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    Appreciate the response... No degree yet. He's winding down freshman year and let's just say the "click factor" just didn't happen. (Lotsa partying and girls though!) That's OK. We'll take another run at it when he's more serious and appreciates the value of a dollar. Who knows with young folks these days? Next door neighbor's got a 19 yr old who got a free ride to UCSC. Quit after one semester!
     
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    He can still enlist then get all of the benefits.
    Do they still have the kiddy cruises where you only serve about 3 years and get out when you turn 21?
    You can also take college courses and get credit for them while serving.
     
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    I'm not much help to you having been in the Coast Guard back when it was under the Dept. of Transportation 25+ years ago. But I did enjoy it even though we were the red headed step child of all the other services at the time. We literally could not afford the fuel to leave the dock except for an actual rescue back then. Coasties have a bunch of cool toys now that they are homeland security...
     
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    He's in South Carolina. BTW, he's our 4th consecutive generation USN Sailor, so I'm a little partial...lol

    My oldest son is about to graduate from UCSB in June and if the he can't find a good career, he has discussed the Navy as an option also :)

    Just because you have a degree, doesn't mean you will be an officer. I was a recruiter in the early 90s in Oceanside and you wouldn't believe the amount of applicants that had degrees that enlisted because their degrees didn't transfer to an Officer program or that program that it did transfer to was full.

    The Merchant Marines is another option.
     
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    On the flipside...don't count out the Air Force, I may be a little biased but I think a lot of our jobs translate very well in tve civilian world and the quality of life is arguably the best of anyof the services.
     
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    I hear they have comfortable chairs in the Chair Force....I mean Airforce
     
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    ^^^ I can beat that unfortunately...

    Brother got accepted to the USNA
    Ultimately went in enlisted a couple years later instead
     
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    How'd it turn out for your bro?
     
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    Thanks... Definitely looking into all options. I had a bud from HS who joined the AF about the same time I shipped off to Navy boot camp. We'd compare notes periodically when catching up with each other. I sometimes envied his choice -- particularly while chipping paint on the old rust bucket I was assigned to. OTH, squids, (at the time) seemed to make rank faster...
     
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    A little rocky at first - I think he decided for himself in a roundabout way that he wasn't ready for that level of commitment.

    He was stationed on the Carl Vinson operating in the Persian Gulf, when they got the green light for Op Iraqi Freedom

    Fast forward, he should be pinning on Chief this year - fingers crossed

    Military was my family business, both direct and indirectly.
    I put in 8-years active USMC but found myself in a very technical role; at the right time :emoji_call_me:
     
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    salt water guy, one good thing if he joined the Air Force he would be stationed at a land base and could go to school and get a lot of the basic courses out of the way. Only thing that I took advantage of was a VA loan. I hated school unless it was something that I was interested in.
     
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    We did, they were about $600 too, matched well with our ergonomic espresso machines, lol.
     
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    Hmmmmm...needle gun or air conditioned office, lol.
     
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