Coast Guard??

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by 252surfer, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. natkitchen

    natkitchen Well-Known Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    I would think going in an an officer would be better for the pocket book.
  2. havanasand

    havanasand Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2011
    Some of the info on here should be helpful steering you to make the right decision. If you have any specifics or want to debunk some of the myths on this thread IM me.

  3. DosXX

    DosXX Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2013
    Cep: All this Navy training you're talking about is SEAL/BUDS training that occurs in Coronado CA. It is very unique, specialized, and not Navy boot camp training. Very, very few Navy enlisted or officers experience anything close to it. General Navy physical training and PFT requirements are not very demanding. Navy and CG rescue swimmers though undergo very tough training, and I consider them to be very good waterman. They have to be. Their lives, the lives of their fellow rescue crew team members, and of course the people they rescue depend on it. But my definition of a waterman may be different.
  4. wavehog1

    wavehog1 Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2013
    Here in New Smyrna (FL) there's a Coast Guard Station right on the other side of Inlet from where there's surf almost 365!

    Course with my luck I'd sign up destined for warm water and waves and be sent to Alaska!

    Just like when you sign up for the Navy.... Every new recruit is told they'll be stationed in Hawaii!
  5. chicharronne

    chicharronne Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    there's a CG station in Moyock.
  6. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    there's a coast guard station at pea island as well... passed it on the way back from rodanthe yesterday haha. thanks for all the help so far guys. im going to look into this summer after i graduate for sure.
  7. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    maybe you might want to consider jobs with Scripps in San Diego, or some of the many state or federal Wildlife, Marine Biologist, or Fish and Game jobs that are available. Nothing against the military, but you would probably be able to pick where you work, make 6 figures in short time, not have to give up any of your personal freedoms, and not have to get a really ugly haircut. I grew up in a military town, and had many family members, friends and acquaintances in the Navy over many generations. There is a reason that 95% of enlistees bail out after their first commitment. A military career is not for everybody.

    While the CG is different, it is still a military (or paramilitary) organization, with a very structured code and a delineated chain-of-command. Use your degree to do something you love doing.
  8. 252surfer

    252surfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2010
    Kid, yea I am looking everywhere. I was just fishing for idea and info from people who may have taken this route. Just exploring all my options. I'm looking for stuff out west, over here and hawaii. My main concern is paying my student loans off when I have to star paying them. Luckily I'm not too far in the hole unlike some of my friends. Thank you guys on here for being so friendly and willing to help. It's a good thing when the swellinfo community can come together on stuff like this. This one of the reasons why I live surfing so much. Most people want to share the stoke and I dig that. Please no more pissing contests about the services.. They all serve and protect in their own way. To each their own
  9. aka pumpmaster

    aka pumpmaster Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    6 figures for a fed or state wildlife agent?
  10. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    yea ur right it was seals training.but still u have to work ur way up the ladder.everyone starts on the bottom.i tried the drownproofing excercize last summer in the pool.i didn't tie myself up or anything crazy,just bobbed up and down inhaling,exhaling.definitely improved my lung capacity and endurance.key is to stay calm in all swim a few laps and work myself out of breathe,then completely exhale and see how long I can lay at the bottom of the pool,then bob up take a breath and do it all over again.its good practice for wiping out and only getting 1 breath before u get steamrolled
  11. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Yeah, I probably got the signals crossed there a bit. More likely 6 figures for a private oceanographic institute. However, there are actually quite a few jobs with Bureau of Land Mgmt and other agencies where you can be a GS-12 or 13 within 5 years, and make 6 figures with overtime or "availability pay". Of course, the pay in states like Washington, Hawaii or Massachusetts will be more than pay in a state like Louisiana or Mississippi.

    Maybe I should say $100K instead of "6 figures"?
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2014
  12. Kahuna Kai

    Kahuna Kai Well-Known Member

    Dec 13, 2010
    I have a few Coast Guard buddies present and past and they all really love(d) it. I heard they only take tall people because when the ship breaks down you need to be able to walk to shore.
  13. Shikkapow

    Shikkapow Active Member

    Jul 22, 2013
    New London, CT
    That's old school and is now a historic site since it was the first Life Saving Service (predecessor to the USCG) station manned by an all black crew. there is a station at oregon inlet, hatteras inlet and a marine safety detachment in Nags Head.