As I wait for the panel to convene to decide how soon I get to become a member of the USCG (either this year or the next), I'm left with quite a bit of restless energy. When I'm not working, during those moments in between activities, my thoughts shift back to the USCG and imagining myself on the job and doing the mission. This forum is great, because I feel like I get to vicariously experience being in the USCG through the stories and advice from others. And although I enjoy reading the forum here everyday in order to feel a slight sense of the inner workings and to act as a partial outlet for my enthusiasm, I'm looking for a more productive way to focus my attention.
I can't help thinking that there is something particular I could be studying, reading, or watching now as preparation in order to increase my knowledge and skills in the USCG, if I'm selected to come aboard.
Based on the collective experience of those who are currently serving, or those who have already served, are there any manuals, fictional or nonfictional books, or DVDs that you would suggest? The type of subject matter I'm looking for is anything from a manual on uniform wear and appearance, to a fictional action movie, to a nonfiction account of training, to a vocabulary list of boating/sailing terminology.
I've placed a few holds on related material through my local library and have scanned a few resources online, but any ideas you might have would be welcome and appreciated.