Growing up with Navy jets overhead day and night, it was inevitable for me to have dreams of being a pilot. Never did I truly follow through with those dreams until the beginning of high school. Come sophomore year, I was set on attending a federal service academy. The opportunities the academies offer cannot compare to a civilian school, and I wanted those opportunities. More importantly, my dreams of flying were revived as I realized there was a chance of pursuing a career in aviation. As senior year of high school rolled around, I had no idea what to do. Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard all seemed like excellent options…but a potential 9 year commitment? How was I supposed to choose? After months of wrestling in thought, Coast Guard filled the slot. I researched the services mostly by talking to their members, and everyone in the Coast Guard constantly praised the service. The humanitarian mission of the Coast Guard also appealed to me—I’d much rather be saving lives than dropping bombs. So, that’s why I am here.
I hope that this blog may provide you some insight at such a crucial point in your life. Please contact me at Townshend.F.Hirst@uscga.edu with any questions—I wouldn’t be here without the help of officers and cadets to guide me in the process.
4/c Townshend Hirst