A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak member, Base Kodiak fire department personnel and City of Kodiak emergency medical personnel transfer a 47-year-old man to an awaiting ambulance at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, July 25, 2018. The man sustained a leg injury on the fishing vessel Nordic Cross 20 miles north of Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen.

General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.


Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!


From the Homefront: Finding college scholarships for military kids

Let’s be honest; it is pretty important for a young adult to get a degree these days, but college is expensive! Scholarships can greatly assist with off-setting the cost of college or could potentially pay for the whole thing. If you and your military child are interested in learning more about how to apply for scholarships, this is the post for you! Read more to get all the tips on how to get the most out of scholarships.


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From the Homefront: Schools to track progress of military kids

Did you know that more than half of military kids are school aged, and they move three times more often than civilian kids. Military children might have different educational experiences when it comes to learning; therefore, starting this school year, a Military Student Identifier will help public school systems collect data to track and evaluate student performance in the wake of the challenges military kids face. The data collected about military-connected students will help identify as a group whether there are common obstacles in the progression of their educations. The logistics of how this will work in each school district are still being hashed out, but read this post to learn answers to some common questions about the identifier.


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Cost-sharing reinstated for Coast Guard Tuition Assistance Program

Effective immediately, the Coast Guard is reinstating cost sharing for its Tuition Assistance Program in Fiscal Year 2014 for the first time since 2002 after reductions to its training budget.


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Growing the Chiefs’ Mess with blended learning

Designed for E8 and E9 personnel, the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course offers a four-week online component followed by two weeks resident in the classroom. Online, students share photos and personal and professional experiences, then explore modules on Coast Guard core values, Coast Guard history, Coast Guard traditions and leading change.


Prospective AESOP applicants on CGA grounds. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Mendenhall.

Recruiting cadets from within our ranks

Each fall, the Coast Guard Academy welcomes a select group of junior enlisted members for the Academy Enlisted Selection Opportunity Program, also known as AESOP. The program is designed to expose highly-qualified young men and women to the possibility of attending the academy and upon graduation, become commissioned officers in the U.S. Coast Guard.


Shelley Kimball (second from left) and fellow participants at the 2013 Joining Forces Veteran and Military Family Summit in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Shelley Kimball.

From the Homefront: Making sure your voice is heard

So, you remember on the first day of my column, when I said I would not sugar coat things? Well, today is the day. Just before I left, I reached out for some input from fellow Coastie families through social media. I asked for the answer to one question: What is the most pressing issue facing Coast Guard families today? In a matter of days, 50 people responded. I’m going to tell you what I learned.


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New military website teaches parenting skills

The Department of Defense launched a new website ealier today aimed at helping active duty, reserve and veteran military parents communicate with their children. MilitaryParenting.org is a free, online course providing a “boot camp” approach to the basics of parenting.


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In the community: The Coast Guard coloring book

If you’ve ever hosted an elementary school group on a unit tour or visited a third-grade classroom, you probably know the challenge of keeping kids engaged. The under-12 set might “ooh and ahh” over a shiny helicopter or uniform bling, but they aren’t going to sit still for a PowerPoint deck to learn about the missions of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Community Relations is happy to offer you a solution. A new Coast Guard coloring book is now available.


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