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Old 02-27-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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How the Coast Guard gets shit done!

With sheer determination and a can do spirit that can not be matched by any other service.

I can attest to this. We make shit work, keep things running, and we do what we can with the most antiquated equipment out there with the least amount of money spent.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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Good luck mang. We had the same issue with the administration in the 90s.

Be creative as you can, but when you've got no gas to train... you don't train.
When you don't train, accidents happen.
Oh. we'll have the gas... The means to burn it is another problem in it's own.
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I agree that in times like this, we should cut back. However this is not something that we should cut back on, such as national security. God forbid if something were to happen again and we were attacked. And it could have been prevented by our coast guard, but couldn't because of lack of funds. That's it for BO, he will not get re-elected.

There is many other things we can cut out, like maybe the salaries of those in congress, etc.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:52 AM   #6
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I agree that in times like this, we should cut back. However this is not something that we should cut back on, such as national security. God forbid if something were to happen again and we were attacked. And it could have been prevented by our coast guard, but couldn't because of lack of funds. That's it for BO, he will not get re-elected.

There is many other things we can cut out, like maybe the salaries of those in congress, etc.
Something will happen- It might not be to the caliber of events int he past- but the next time something like Haiti or Katrina happens and the Coast Guard says "Sorry...We just can't" people will be all up at arms.

5 helicopters, several fixed wing aircraft, 5 Maritime Safety Security Teams, and about 800 personnel are all going to be separated and we are expected to continue on. The excesses I see from other services- It's reall frustration.
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Something will happen- It might not be to the caliber of events int he past- but the next time something like Haiti or Katrina happens and the Coast Guard says "Sorry...We just can't" people will be all up at arms.

5 helicopters, several fixed wing aircraft, 5 Maritime Safety Security Teams, and about 800 personnel are all going to be separated and we are expected to continue on. The excesses I see from other services- It's reall frustration.
I think it's normal attrition as members retire or relad. Recruiting for the Coast Guard for all intensive purposes done for the year.
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I think it's normal attrition as members retire or relad. Recruiting for the Coast Guard for ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES done for the year.
Fixed that for you.
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Wow, never knew there were only 41k people in the Coast Guard.

I'm a Hospital Corpsman, a HS in the CG, and we have 23k people in my rate alone.

It's too bad everyone is asked to do more with less now. We train pier side vs. going underway. They call it 'virtual training' and it saves fuel. Whatever... The problem is the CG can't train pier side and this really affects the readiness which in turn affects our National Security.
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:07 AM   #10
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Wow, never knew there were only 41k people in the Coast Guard.

I'm a Hospital Corpsman, a HS in the CG, and we have 23k people in my rate alone.

It's too bad everyone is asked to do more with less now. We train pier side vs. going underway. They call it 'virtual training' and it saves fuel. Whatever... The problem is the CG can't train pier side and this really affects the readiness which in turn affects our National Security.
Another awesome way to frame the size of the Coast Guard:

41-42K people in the CG
45-48K in the NYPD

and we protect 92,000 miles of coast line every day....
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Another awesome way to frame the size of the Coast Guard:

41-42K people in the CG
45-48K in the NYPD

and we protect 92,000 miles of coast line every day....
damn man that puts it into perspective.
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damn man that puts it into perspective.
That's usually the face people make....

I don't have this one memorized...but it's a good'un too:

The Coast Guard occasionally publishes a list of statistics that summarizes their activities. Based on June 2008 statistics, on an average day the United States Coast Guard will:
  • Save 15 lives
  • Assist 117 people in distress
  • Conduct 90 search and rescue cases
  • Protect $2.8 million in property
  • Enforce 129 security zones
  • Interdict and rescue 15 illegal migrants at sea
  • Board 4 high interest vessels
  • Board 192 vessels of law enforcement interest
  • Board 122 large vessels for port safety checks
  • Seize 71 pounds of marijuana and 662 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $21.1 million
  • Conduct 317 vessel safety checks and teach 63 boating safety courses
  • Conduct 19 commercial fishing vessel safety exams
  • Respond to 11 oil and hazardous chemical spills
  • Process 280 mariner licenses and documents
  • Service 140 aids to navigation
  • Monitor the transit of 2,557 commercial ships through U.S. ports
  • Investigate 20 vessel casualties involving collisions, allisions and groundings
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