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Coast Guard Academy Scholars Program, What’s That?

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Kimura Photo CGAS – Coast Guard Academy Scholars program. I wished somebody covered that topic in a cadet blog when I was accepted into the program during my senior year. I had no idea what to expect. I never heard of it before I received the acceptance phone call, and the Academy website vaguely explained the program’s details. There is relatively no advertisement for the CGAS program because candidates cannot apply for it. The program is similar to other service academies’ preparatory school programs, in which the Academy sends potential cadets to a year of schooling to improve certain areas, such as academics or physical fitness, before joining the next year’s class. Although I joined the program feeling uninformed, I have not regretted the decision, or opportunities it provided me.


A few questions I had going into the program:

What does CGAS consist of?
Well, it starts with a three-week training period, almost like a compressed version of Swab Summer, full of the yelling and running around campus. Those three weeks are challenging physically and mentally, but creates everlasting bonds with the other scholars. At the conclusion of the three weeks, the Academy sends the scholars to one of two military schools, Marion Military Institute in Alabama, which I attended, or Georgia Military College. The curriculum consisted of English composition, general chemistry, general physics, pre-calculus or calculus, military training class, and in some cases like mine, band.


What is the difference between attending a regular school and re-applying versus going to one of the Academy’s prep schools?
I originally thought I might as well attend a civilian college for a year and re-apply, rather than committing a year at a prep school far away from home. However, I did not realize the benefits of how well the academics could prepare me, becoming adjusted to a military schedule, and the lasting friendships I would make with future classmates.


If you have any questions regarding the CGAS program or preparatory school, please feel free to contact me.


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