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Hey guys! It’s been quite some time since I’ve been on here so I just wanted to give you all a little update of what has gone on in the past year or so.
Reported to my unit at a small boat station in Boston as a Fireman, got qualified as a communications watch stander, 47’ crew member, and 47’ engineer. I was close to completing my 25’ crew member qual but I left shortly for A School.
After working with the MK’s for so long (1.5 years) I originally thought I would go MK as well, but after thinking about what I’d like to do in my future I decided to go FS.
I graduated FS A School on 31Jan14 and will be heading to my new unit in Portsmouth, VA as an SNFS. I’m super excited for what the future holds as far as my Coast Guard career goes and I’ll be sure to update you guys as often as I can. Sorry for the long hiatus.

As always, if there are any questions you might have, feel free to ask away!

Asked by Anonymous

If you have a 4 year degree you can apply for OCS (Officer Candidate School) and enter the Coast Guard as a commissioned officer instead of enlisted. It really depends on what you want to do but it’s hard to get in as an officer. I’d advise you to check out the Coast Guard website or speak to a recruiter for more information.


I got underway on the 47’ today! Myself and another nonrate got a chance to practice some drills and do some boat handling. It was awesome.

Asked by rollwithpunches

Get used to doing lots of I.T.

In all honesty it’s not difficult at all but it might be in the beginning if you haven’t been physically active in a while. I.T. consists of pushups, squats, crunches, and flutter kicks. Halfway through you’ll get an additional two exercises added to that routine. Not to mention when you get your pieces… ah man.

Other than that, there are Cybex workouts, bike workouts, swim circuits, the confidence course, pugil sticks, and a few 3 mile runs.

Good luck!

Alright guys. So I’m here at my new unit in Boston. Everything is pretty cool so far. I’m currently working on getting qualified for communications watchstander which is kind of difficult at first but simple once you get the concept. I have two weeks to get qualified and then I can move out of the barracks, live on the economy and get put in a duty rotation.

I kind of miss home but I guess I’ll feel better once I get a place of my own and settle in. I’ll fill you all in later once I get more free time or if something exciting happens.

I’m Back!

I graduated from basic training today and it was amazing! The feeling of accomplishment was nothing like I’ve ever felt before and I’m the proudest I’ve ever been. My time spent at TraCen Cape May is definitely an experience I’ll never forget.

I’m currently back home on leave until the 24th, which is when I’ll be reporting to my new unit!

When I get the chance I will get into more detail about what took place, but for now I’ll keep it short. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about anything!

Just a quick update. I’m on off base liberty right now and will be graduating on Friday May 18th! See you all soon.

Today’s the day!

Well, almost. I’m on my way to my recruiter’s office right now. I’ll be staying overnight at a hotel near MEPS and then ship out early tomorrow morning!

See you all in 8 weeks!

Asked by seeersucker

All aviation ratings (AST, AMT, AET) are sent to one of the 24 Air Stations around the US. If you google ‘Coast Guard Air Stations’ you’ll find a list of the locations. So don’t worry, you won’t be stuck in Alaska haha. Anyone can get stationed in Kodiak but I guess they’re considered to be more “elite” because of the many dangers faced with being in Alaska. As you probably already know, AST is an extremely difficult job to get into so best of luck to you!

2 weeks left!

I’m really excited but slightly nervous at the same time. I’ll mostly be spending these last two weeks with friends and family and just enjoying my time as a civilian.

I definitely haven’t been working out as much as I should be but I’d say I’m in moderately good shape. Hopefully I won’t be regretting being lazy when those CC’s are destroying me, haha.

Anyway, I probably won’t be posting anything further until I get back, so in the meantime if anyone has any questions about anything feel free to send them my way.

- Future Coastie