Pros: wearing the coast guard uniform for 20 years, 30 days a year of leave
Cons: moving every 4 years
Typical day for me in the Coast Guard usually started at 5:15am when I left my house to beat the I-66 traffic, and my day was filled with challenges/accomplishments of assisting my 55 recruiters that where all on the West Coast while I was on the East Coast did what they needed to do to make the Coast Guard mission.
Over my 20 years in the Coast Guard I learned a lot of stuff that I fill will assist me in performing well with your company. I have over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, i have 5 plus years of management experience, and I have also 8 years of managing budgets.
My management skills have been acquired by networking with other supervisors that I work with over my 20 year career. I feel that in my last position as Regional Supervisor for the West Coast Region, I was able to assist my recruiters thru my leadership experience to do what they could do to make the Coast Guard Mission. I know that I always informed them that I was always available to them no matter the time of day.
I had great co-workers while I was in the Coast Guard, and a lot of them are still my friends to this day. Most of all of my co-workers shared the same work ethic of play hard first and then you can have fun.
I think the hardest part of my 20 year career was knowing that every 4 years i would have to up route my family and leave all of our friends.
The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing at the end of the day you represented your country proudly and the sense of pride knowing that I was able to serve my country like my grandfather, father, and uncle did before me.