Coast Guard Policy, Sharks, And Poe: 3 Military Facts We Didn't Know

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Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Harris, a member of a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive team deployed on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, holds a Coast Guard ensign during a cold water ice dive off a Healy small boat in the Arctic, July 29, 2017.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Harris, a member of a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive team deployed on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, holds a Coast Guard ensign during a cold water ice dive off a Healy small boat in the Arctic, July 29, 2017.

  • Edgar Allan Poe dedicated his third volume of poetry to the cadets of West Point.
  • The skipper of the USS Indianapolis, who was court-martialed after the ship was sunk and 900 sailors were lost, many to sharks, killed himself in 1968.
  • The Coast Guard allows its members to temporarily separate from the service and then return, as long as they do it within two years. This seems to me to make an awful lot of sense. Imagine a situation where a spouse wants to go to law school and you need to be primary parent for a couple of years. This sort of flexibility helps retention and saves money. Hmmm—maybe it just makes too much sense.
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