@USCGAcademy April 11

My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.

The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and  turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.

In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.

I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.

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Name of University: Coast Guard Academy

Location: New London CT

There are five US Military Academies. The past 3 posts have covered the US Air Force, US Navy, and US Army. On January 29th I profiled US Merchant Marine Academy. That just leaves the Coast Guard to cover all five.

Founded in 1876, the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard. Located in New London, Connecticut, it is the smallest of the five federal service academies. … Approximately 250 cadets enter the academy each summer with about 200 cadets graduating.

The campus of the USCGA sits right on the Thames River. Citizens of New London have lots of nautical themes in their home town including ferries and a submarine base. The land that the campus shown below sits on was donated by the citizens of New London CT.

coast guard

Some fast facts about the Coast Guard are found below:

Fast Facts

  • One of the smallest of the five U.S. federal military academies
  • Four-year Bachelor of Science degree program
  • Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin
  • Highly selective
  • No tuition
  • No congressional nomination necessary
  • Two graduates are NASA astronauts
  • 85% of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment




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