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US Coast Guard Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr.
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    US Coast Guard Aviation - Pilot

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    Current Employee - Pilot in Washington, DC
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    Pros

    As a young pilot, you get the opportunity to make a difference in military or civilian life. You will save a life, make a difference utilizing the skills of a pilot. When you get done in your first year, you WILL have saved a life. It is completely worth it to see the look on someone's face of relief that they will live and to witness a family reunited.

    Cons

    You may need to put up with an organization not dedicated to aviation exclusively. Some cons will be depressed funding for equipment and representation at the higher levels of the organization. The USCG is lead by 20th century ship/surface thinkers - lost are opportunities for the future such as advanced flight vehicles and Unmanned systems - all with sensors highly integrated. The USCG continues to search like it did in the 1950s - despite newer ships, they are still ships with limited sensors to find a person or assist the Homeland Security Mission. I have been utterly disappointed with lost opportunities I had on searches or other missions if I just had the equipment. Motivated and great people will only take the organization so far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leverage tech. Free the organization of service acquisition - apply the time tested commercial off the shelf strategy to utilize the latest in technology and refresh of aging systems. Get away from heavy reliance upon large cutters with exception of Alaska and Arctic/Antarctic mission sets, concentrate on smaller more elite small boats, patrol vessels. Allow the USN to leverage littoral shipboard presence. Optimize the newer air systems with sensors and invest in COTS unmanned systems - more now than ever for Maritime Domain awarenss.

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