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Old 05-02-2017, 01:19 PM   #1
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Shout out to USCG Admin

I have to admit I'm still working on my Exchange Documentation from November last year (it's coming along), but on a more positive note, I submitted my OUPV (i.e. six-pack) application to my Regional Center last week, they forwarded it to National, and I got an email from National yesterday saying they had put my license in the mail. I got almost daily email updates on the process, which seemed to go quite smoothly.

Slightly off topic - I see the USCG is the only branch of military service which had its budget REDUCED yesterday. Strikes me as a little odd, considering their role in Border Security. Must be some political subtlety I'm just not seeing...
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:44 PM   #2
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My sarcastic mind thinks that the doc ctr is slowing down paperwork processing in a bid to get more funding. Oldest trick in bureaucrat's book. Maybe others passing out the money are calling them out on that trick.
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Old 05-02-2017, 04:04 PM   #3
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My sarcastic mind thinks that the doc ctr is slowing down paperwork processing in a bid to get more funding. Oldest trick in bureaucrat's book. Maybe others passing out the money are calling them out on that trick.
The documentation center has actually done a great catch up job and their current case dates are the best I've seen. Still a couple of areas left to improve.

As to licensing, the center is just overwhelmed with the additional work brought on by December 31, 2016. They were really hit by all the captains getting STCW endorsements. So, they chose to delay on what they felt was least damaging in being late.
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Old 10-01-2017, 07:52 AM   #4
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The Coasties are a pain with inspections, boardings, licensing UNTIL you need them. Then you realize that these guys are willing to put themselves in life threatening situations to try and save you. Love those guys!
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The USCG has seen budget fluctuations all through the years.

Ultimately there is little the USCG has to do that doesnt get funded from somewhere when needed.

The worst in recent memory was just before I retired and President Clinton was reelected.

The USCG, trying in its traditional good service for a song mentality, cut its budget request by 10 percent.

When the second term was started, all departments were asked to reduce their budgets by 10 percent, after the USCG already had its 10 percent cut.

It hurt but the USCG still came through...though inefficiently as the budgetary process is not very efficient in all respects, especially when asked to take av20 percent hit in one year.

I have no idea what the real numbers were, actually, I would bet no one knows in detail.
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The Coasties are a pain with inspections, boardings, licensing UNTIL you need them. Then you realize that these guys are willing to put themselves in life threatening situations to try and save you. Love those guys!
One could make a very similar comment about law enforcement. Sort of a PITA with their traffic tickets, DUI stops, etc. Then, when you need them they're the greatest bunch of guys in the world.
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