Originally Posted by followingariver
I am in the process of applying for a commission as a lawyer in the Coast Guard and noticed that a number of people on this site in the Coast Guard.
I was hoping someone could give me an idea what the life and culture are like in the Coast Guard. Can you make time for family and other obligations? Does your social/recreational life revolve around the service? How much does it appear the service takes your wishes/requests/situation into to account when deciding where you will be stationed?
Anything I should know that I haven't yet asked before making and 8 year commitment to the Coast Guard?
I've been in 3 years, been on a 378' cutter and currently at a heavy weather small boat station. Not really sure on the specifics of how work hours etc. for a lawyer in the CG would be like, but at the station we are on a 2 day on 2 day off schedule with every other weekend off. On the cutter we would deploy for 3 months either down to the coast of Latin/South America for counter drug operations or up north to the Bering Sea as standby SAR/LE for the fishing fleet.
Between my work hours and my girlfriend's we don't see each other as often as we'd like but its not too bad.
Chances are your social life will involve the people you work with. My station is fairly small (~35 people) and its a pretty tight knit unit.
As far as where you get stationed, based on where you are currently stationed is ranked on a priority 1-5. Priority 1 would be overseas units with 5 being shore units not including Hawaii/Alaska. Priority 1 gets first pick then 2, etc. A lot of people will take a less than desireable unit with a high priority to get where they really want come transfer season. All in all its a good life choice with lots of opportunities.