Rock, good luck! It's a battle to convince others. But you don't need to convince others. If you've convinced yourself, you've done it! Let us know how it goes. My OCS packet wasn't submitted this go around, but will be in February. Hopefully, it's a battle we can endure together. And I've heard much of the same .... hailing from the boring state of Indiana doesn't leave much room for anything Coast Guard related unless it's along the Wabash! If you desire to gain some CG knowledge, there's a few good books out there (Rescue Warriors - overview of everything CG, Character in Action - CG on Leadership)... a good board (coastguardocs.org)... and the CG publication which is a pretty simple read (http://www.uscg.mil/top/about/pub1.asp).
Best of luck in your endeavors!
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