Hello! My name is Kiersten. I'm from Virginia. I've wanted to enlist in the Coast Guard for years and I finally got the courage to do it. I sent in an application a few days ago. I'm a bit of a worrier so I'm a bit concerned about getting through Meps and taking the ASVAB. I took the ASVAB in high school and it wasn't too bad. I think I'll do better this time around though. I'm also a former Sea Scout. I hope that will give me some brownie points.
The Portsmouth CG base lets us Sea Scouts spend a weekend on base every year and they personally train us in seamanship. That's how I decided I wanted to be in the Coast Guard. The Petty Officers I met as a teen really impacted me and I really looked up to them. A lot of my customers at my current job (at a donut shop) are Coasties, since I live near the base and they are so nice and always giving me advice and encouraging words. I look forward to getting the ball rolling and hopefully becoming a Coastie myself!