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United States Coast Guard Academy

Motto Scientiæ cedit mare
(The sea yields to knowledge)
Established 1876/1915
Type Federal military academy
Superintendent Rear Admiral J. Scott Burhoe
Undergraduates 990
Location New London, Connecticut, USA (41°22′22″N, 72°06′06″W)
Nickname Bears
Mascot Objee the Bear
Website www.uscga.edu

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Description

Aerial view of Washington Parade field and campus
Aerial view of Washington Parade field and campus

Unlike the other Service Academies, admission to the Coast Guard Academy is purely merit-based, and does not require a Congressional nomination.[1] The Academy is regularly cited as being the most difficult U.S. college-level institution to gain entrance into. Each year some 400 students are selected from an applicant pool about eight times that size for appointments to the Academy. About 280 of those 400 students accept the appointment and report to the USCGA in early July for "swab summer," a basic military training program designed to prepare them for the rigors of their Fourth Class year. Each cadet takes two semesters of classes during the school year and then spends the majority of the summer in military training. After four years of study and training, approximately 175 cadets will graduate with a B.S. degree and be commissioned as Ensigns in the United States Coast Guard, to begin serving their five years of obligatory duty. Around 30% of the Corps of Cadets is female. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1800x1192, 528 KB) (All user names refer to en. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1800x1192, 528 KB) (All user names refer to en. ... Ensign is a junior rank of commissioned officer in the militaries of some countries, normally in the infantry or navy. ...


Mission

While Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, in 1929 Vice Admiral Harry G. Hamlet composed the Academy's mission statement. All entering cadets must memorize the mission during their first few days of Swab Summer, the indoctrination period for new cadets.

The mission of the United States Coast Guard Academy is to graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, and with that high sense of Honor, Loyalty and Obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well-grounded in seamanship, the sciences and the amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard, in service to their country and humanity.[2]

Course of study

 First-class cadets take part in a pre-graduation ceremony
First-class cadets take part in a pre-graduation ceremony

Because all cadets earn a Bachelor of Science degree and become a commissioned officer, the Coast Guard Academy maintains a core curriculum of science and professional development classes in addition to major-specific classes. Additional military training is interspersed with schoolwork in order to produce officers of character with the requisite professional skills. Among these are classes in leadership, ethics, organizational behavior, and Nautical Science. Because the vast majority of all cadets report as Deck Watch Officers upon graduation, these Nautical Science courses help every cadet master piloting, voyage planning, deck seamanship, and all aspects of ship-handling. Image File history File links United_States_Coast_Guard_Academy-graduation. ... Image File history File links United_States_Coast_Guard_Academy-graduation. ...


Academic majors

Academics at the Coast Guard Academy stress the sciences and engineering, but many different courses of study are available. In addition, several of the majors offer tracks of specialization (for example, Marine and Evironmental Science majors can choose to focus on biology, chemistry, or geophysics). Cadets sometimes opt to take elective classes across the road as part of an open exchange agreement with Connecticut College. Connecticut College is a coeducational, highly selective private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. ...


The Academy offers eight majors:[3]

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Military training

 USCGC Eagle (WIX-327), the United States' only active duty tall ship
USCGC Eagle (WIX-327), the United States' only active duty tall ship

Each summer, cadets participate in training programs depending on their class. The summers are organized as follows:[4] USCG Eagle; public domain. ... USCG Eagle; public domain. ... The USCGC Eagle. ...

  • Swab Summer: the new class of freshmen report in to the Academy, and are sworn in to the military. They undergo a seven week basic training program which culminates on a week-long voyage underway on the USCGC Eagle, the Coast Guard Academy's training tall-ship.
  • Third-class (3/c) Summer: 5 weeks aboard the USCGC Eagle training under sail, 5 weeks aboard an operational Coast Guard Cutter or Small Boat Station in the role of junior enlisted (standing watches as helmsman, lookout, and quartermaster of the watch).
  • Second-class (2/c) Summer: Damage Control training, weapon qualifications, navigation rules certification, aviation internship, sail training program, and 3 weeks as Cadre training the incoming Swabs.
  • First-class (1/c) Summer: 10 weeks aboard an operational Cutter in the role of a junior officer (standing bridge watches conning the ship as Officer of the Deck).

Every week during the school year cadets participate in Regimental Review, a formal drill. In addition, cadets stand duty at the Academy in a variety of different roles. Like all cadets and midshipmen at one of the United States Service Academies, Coast Guard cadets wear uniforms at all times and are considered to be Active Duty military. Cadets receive a monthly stipend to pay for books, uniforms, and other necessities. The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) (ex-Horst Wessel) is a 295 barque used as a training cutter for members of the US Coast Guard. ... In military service, an enlisted rank is generally any rating below that of a commissioned officer. ... The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea are published by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and set out the rules of the road to be followed by ships and other vessels at sea. ... An officer is a member of a military service who holds a position of responsibility. ... Officer of the Deck (OOD) is a position in the United States Navy that confers certain authority and responsibility. ...


Organization of the Corps of Cadets

The Corps is organized as one Regiment divided into eight Companies, each of which is composed of about 120 cadets of all classes. Although the Corps of Cadets is supervised directly by the Commandant of Cadets (a Captain) and the Assistant Commandant of Cadets (a Commander), the Coast Guard Academy operates on the concept of "the Corps leading the Corps."


The highest-ranking cadet in each Company is the Company Commander, a First Class cadet – or "firstie." Although each company has some leeway in their standards and practices, every Company Commander reports to Regimental Staff who plan and oversee all aspects of cadet life. At the top of the cadet chain of command is the Regimental Commander, the highest ranking cadet. Command positions, both in Companies and on Regimental Staff, are highly competitive, and a cadet’s overall class rank is often a deciding factor in who is awarded the position.


Each of the eight Companies – named Alfa through Hotel in the military phonetic alphabet – has a special focus in administering day-to-day affairs; for instance, Charlie Company is in charge of Honor Administration, Delta Company is in charge of Drill and Ceremonies, Hotel Company is in charge of Morale Events, and so forth. To accomplish these missions, each company is broken down into three Departments and further into a variety Divisions. Divisions are the most basic unit at the Coast Guard Academy, and each has a very specific duty. Each division is commanded by a Firstie and contains several members of each other class. FAA radiotelephony phonetic alphabet and Morse code chart. ...


This organizational structure is designed to give every cadet a position of leadership and to emulate the structure of a Coast Guard Cutter, in which the Division Officer and Department Head positions are filled by junior officers. Third-class cadets directly mentor the Fourth-class in their division, just as a junior enlisted would be responsible for a non-rate. Second-class cadets act as NCO's, and ensure that the regulations and accountability are upheld. Firsties are in supervisory roles, and are responsible for carrying out the mission of their Division and ensuring the well-being of the cadets in their command, just like a junior officer. A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or noncom, is a non-commissioned member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. ...


History

 Historic photograph of the USRC Dobbin
Historic photograph of the USRC Dobbin

The roots of the academy lie in the School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service which was started near New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1876, using the Revenue Cutter Dobbin for its exercises. With changes to new training vessels, the school moved to Curtis Bay, Maryland in 1900 and then again in 1910 to Fort Trumbull, a Revolutionary War army installation near New London, Connecticut. Image File history File links USRC_Dobbin. ... Image File history File links USRC_Dobbin. ... New Bedford is a city in Bristol County, Massachusetts, located about 56 miles (90 kilometers) south of Boston, 31 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Providence, Rhode Island, and about 8 miles (13 kilometers) east of Fall River. ...


The modern academy dates to the 1915 merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and several other marine services which formed the modern Coast Guard. The town of New London donated its current location above the west bank of the Thames River in 1932. In 1947, the academy received as a war reparation the German barque Horst Wessel, a magnificent 295 foot "tall ship". It was renamed the USCGC Eagle, and it serves as the main training vessel for academy cadets and Officer Candidates. The Thames River, seen from the waterfront in New London, Connecticut The Thames River is a short river and tidal estuary in the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... A barc is a type of sailing vessel. ... The Horst Wessel (now USCGC Eagle) is a three masted barque, one of the sister ships of the Gorch Fock, built in 1936 as the second of five ships, at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg, Germany. ... The USCGC Eagle. ... The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) (ex-Horst Wessel) is a 295 barque used as a training cutter for members of the US Coast Guard. ...


Extracurricular activities

The USCGA Athletic Department offers 23 intercollegiate sports for cadets, and competes in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (with the exception of the Rifle and Pistol teams, which compete in Division I). Cadets devote two hours per academic day to athletic activities, either on varsity teams, club teams, or other sports pursuits. The academy nickname is the Bears, after the mascot Objee the Bear. The athletic facilities have been undergoing major upgrades since 2004, when the state-of-the-art FieldTurf synthetic surface was installed at Cadet Memorial Field (home of the football and soccer teams). The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The wide plain of FieldTurf used at Torontos Rogers Centre was installed after the 2004 baseball season. ... Cadet Memorial Field is an outdoor athletic facility on the campus of the United States Coast Guard Academy, on the banks of the Thames River in New London, Connecticut. ...


Recently, the Coast Guard Academy Men's Rugby club won the 2006 Division II National Championship in Stanford, California after an intense match against the University of Northern Colorado.


Non-athletic activities also abound. Principle among them are the musical activities, centered around Leamy Hall. Regimental Band, Windjammers Drum & Bugle Corps, various pep bands, and the NiteCaps Jazz Band are some of the instrumental programs. Chapel Choirs, Glee Club, the Fairwinds all-female a cappella group, and The Idlers all-male sea shanty group are some of the vocal programs. Background The Idlers of the United States Coast Guard Academy are an all-male A Cappella ensemble specializing in the performance of sea chanteys and patriotic music. ... Sea shanties (singular shanty, also spelled chantey; derived from the French word chanter, to sing) were shipboard working songs. ...


Notable Graduates

G. William Miller (1925-2006), Class of 1945, who served as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board 1978-79 and secretary of the Treasury from 1979-1981. Chairman Miller, Time, 1978 Millers signature, as used on American currency George William Miller (March 9, 1925 – March 17, 2006) served as the 65th United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Carter from August 6, 1979 to January 20, 1981. ... The Federal Reserve System is headquartered in the Eccles Building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The Federal Reserve System (also the Federal Reserve; informally The Fed) is the central bank of the United States. ... The United States Secretary of the Treasury is the finance minister of the Federal Government of the United States. ...


Bruce E. Melnick, Class of 1972, was the first Coast Guard officer selected as an astronaut. Bruce E. Melnick is a former astronaut born in 1949. ...


Daniel C. Burbank, Class of 1985, became the second Coast Guard astronaut in 1996. External link NASA Biography Categories: Stub | 1961 births | Astronauts ...


ADM Thad Allen, Class of 1971, currently serving as Commandant of the Coast Guard. Vice Admiral Thad Allen Vice Admiral Thad William Allen (b. ...


Stephen Flynn, Author, Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations


ADM James Loy, Former Under Secretary for DHS, Commandant Admiral James Milton Loy (born August 10, 1942) is the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ...


Ellsworth Price Bertholf, First Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Ellsworth P. Bertholf Ellsworth Price Bertholf (April 7, 1866-November 11, 1921) was a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor recipient who later served as the fourth Chief of the United States Revenue Cutter Service and first Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. ...


Elmer F. Stone, U.S. Naval Aviation Pioneer, Piloted the NC-4 on the first Naval Trans-Atlantic Flight Elmer Fowler Stone (22 January 1887 - 20 May 1936) was a United States aviator and a Commander in the United States Coast Guard. ...


External links

Military of the United States Portal
  • United States Coast Guard Academy Official Website
  • United States Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association Website
  • Coast Guard Academy Parents Association Website
  • Coast Guard Academy Hockey Team Website
  • Coast Guard Academy Class of 2010 Website
  • Coast Guard Academy Class of 2008 Website
  • Coast Guard Athletics Website

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References

  1. ^ United States Code, Title 14, Section 182 (2002).
  2. ^ Cadet Mission Statement, United States Coast Guard Academy.
  3. ^ Academics, United States Coast Guard Academy.
  4. ^ Cadet Life: Summer Training, United States Coast Guard Academy.

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