As a Coastie, I have traveled the States for the past 20 years going from coast to coast and one amazing adventure to another.
Read on in this blog to hear stories about my experiences living the Coast Guard life, not only as a military officer but also as a small town Midwestern girl who left home to enlist in the United States Coast Guard.
I look forward to hearing what you have to say about... My Coast Guard Career.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Joining the U.S. Coast Guard

As a Nebraskan girl, people often ask me how and why I joined the Coast Guard. The answer is easy, the recruiter was next door to my favorite restaurant and after a few too many cocktails, I thought joining the Coast Guard sounded like a great idea…

Well, that’s not exactly how it went but close. No drinks were involved but the recruiter was right next door to my favorite restaurant. Every time I went out to eat I would wonder what that “Coast Guard thing” was all about.

I was in college at the time but still very unsure of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was aimlessly taking classes and pretty miserable at age 19. I was bored with Omaha and was ready for something new. One strong desire I had was to be closer to the ocean. As an athletic swimmer my entire life, I yearned to be closer to water. Being that Nebraska is not the best place for beaches, I looked into this thing called the “Coast Guard” (this is embarrassing to say but I honestly thought it might be like Bay Watch). I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t Bay Watch but I sure was excited when I found out the Coast Guard is small, rather elite for a military service and did not send people overseas (at least not very often). I was even more fascinated to find out the service offered a Marine Science Technician rating. Closer to water and I can study the ocean?!

I was ready to sign up and ship off so that is exactly what I did. I thought it would be four years of my life and I would be back home with a clearer life goal and the GI Bill to back me up. But, that’s not exactly how that went either…

1 comment:

Ty said...

Hi. I'm currently thinking of joining the Coast Guard. I graduated from college in 2005 and spent the past few years working in corporate America. However, lately I have been feeling the urge to really look into the Coast Guard. I'm ready for new experiences, challenges, and growth/leadership opportunities. What were some of the questions you asked before joining and have had answered during your experience that would be valuable to share, if you dont mind sharing?