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Last Post 02 Jan 2012 07:21 PM by Old Guard2. 30 Replies.
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Recruiters can't possibly cover every ship, every station, every scenario possible that will present itself. They also cannot guarantee land billet in an office only. That is just impossible. In the CG when assigned to a ship, any ship, any size, you can expect your Coastie to be gone half the year. If that is on an ice breaker that goes out to sea for 6 months & is home for 6 months or if it is on an 87' foot that goes out for 5-7 days and is home for 5-7 days, it is still half a year home, half a year at sea. It just depends how long the at sea time is for each trip by the size of the boat. I'm sorry you expected him to be land based and nothing else but it is the CG. It is the oldest sea going service in the US. Time spent on cutters is expected. The 8 weeks in, 8 weeks out will end when he goes to A school. Then depending upon the rate he would like to go it can improve or get worse.

My son was raised in a Coast Guard house, his dad is a Captain. He is now a Coastie himself. As far as he is concerned underway is the only way. I know many, many, many military kids, I don't think it was so hard on them. This will only be as hard as it is made on him... If it is approached as a normal, it isn't so bad. If it is approached with pouting and resentment and sadness it will be bad. Please, encourage your daughter to accept this and love it. It is a great adventure.
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