Does anyone have any info on the Coast Guard? My son (22) is considering joining. He has always had a strong interest in the ocean and marine biology, but hasn't gotten his life together enough yet as far as "maturity" to figure out how to best persue his ambitions in that direction. Still just a wee bit of the Beavis/Butthead left there, although not much, thank goodness !
He IS living independantly in Tucson, has a decent job and tries to make ends meet with some "under the table" side jobs to boot, installing computers etc. but up to this point has floundered in "direction".
I just talked with him on the phone and he totally blew me away with his announcement that he was going to be looking into the Coast Guard over the next few weeks. This from one who has never shown ANY interest in any branch of military service (or anything remotely similar).
While I havce a decent comprehension of most branches of the military, having been an AF Brat all my life, then joined the AF myself, I confess to knowing NADA about the Coast Guard... is it even considered as part of the "service branches"? I don't believe it is, but am really not sure. And has it not recently been combined with one of the governmental depts., such as Transportation, or something to that effect? I would really like to learn more if someone out there has experience with the Coast Guard.
Adam says it would afford him the opportunity to get closer to his ambitions, keep him near his beloved oceans, and grant him the opportunity of finally learning to scuba dive, not to mention his love of traveling and seeing new places, even if only in our U.S.
Just thought I could get some tips on what he should ask, if he can "negotiate" with recruiters, what kind of $$ he can expect, what additional benefits such as tuition for school or even going to school while IN the Coast Guard, can he request certain assignments more related to the ocean as opposed to inland, etc., etc..... ???
Any input at all would be greatly appreciated !!!
In the meantime, I'll see what I can find on the web....