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OFFICER PROGRAM APPLICATION PREPARATION HANDBOOK
(OCS, CSPI, DCE, & AVCAD)
USCG Training Center Cape May, NJ

September 2012 v. 13

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(Officers – except for certain captains – and those who had enlisted were let go, or “put on the beach” when wars ended.) Officers were given commissions by the monarch. Like a commission given to an artist or architect to produce a new work, these commissions laid out the scope of their duties and their responsibilities in the specific office or position they were appointed to. And they served at the pleasure of the king (or queen), meaning they could be dismissed by the monarch at any time. These traditions applied throughout the Royal Navy, including in ships stationed in Britain’s North American colonies. During the War for Independence, the Continental Navy maintained these traditions. And after the U.S. achieved its independence from Britain, both the Revenue Marine (starting in 1790) and Navy (beginning in 1798) carried them forward. Foreword

CONTENTS

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Overview

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Application Format & Contents

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Narrative Memo

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CO’s Endorsement

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Interview

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Conclusion

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Appendix A (Officer & Enlisted Careers)

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OCS, CSPI, DCE, AVCAD APPLICATION PREPARATION HANDBOOK

FOREWORD

president”. That means they can be dismissed at any time without any reason. These terms of service date back centuries, and are the source of the words we still use to describe the status of the people within the military hierarchy: “enlist”, “warrant”, and “commission”. Starting over 500 years ago, ranks in Britain’s Royal Navy paralleled the distinctions that existed in civilian society, when a rigid class system existed. As today, crews were made up of seamen (there were no…...

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