2 thoughts on “CG Role in International Training

  1. Interesting the level of historical memory is so short. The first country to model on the Service was the Republic of Texas. It set up revenue cutters based on the U. S. model. Following the Spanish-American War revenue cutter systems were set up in Cuba and the Philippines. The early 20th century saw a number Central and South American countries using the same model with U. S. help.

    I noticed that Vietnam was mentioned as a training site. I wonder if they spoke with any of the old Vietnam hands. The Coast Guard slides over the disaster of the IMLETs in South American in the 1970s and 1980s. This can be seen in Matthew Mitchell’s awful book, Not Your Father’s Coast Guard. No plan, no organization, and no one in charge. It was a high time of going off mission, however, it appears everyone had a good time.

    I hope someone is keeping the history of this group up to date but I doubt it. If they keep up the history then how will they reinvent the wheel in a couple decades?

    I do like the sound of the program. I knew Yoest when I was in CGHQ and he had me slotted at one point to go to Granada once but the local situation was too unstable to send in trainers. I also turned down a trip to Liberia and sent a GMCS from D17. It would have been an interesting trip, but did the training improve anything?

    One flaw is the use of junior people be in charge of others more senior (in grade) in their group. Some cultures would see this as a huge slight and cause a fair amount of suspicion toward those in senior grades. If there are too few senior people then more must be trained. There are plenty of JOs these days who have no sea billets and could be trained. Why not enlist and promote former army personnel who have experience in international training? In the 1930s, the Coast Guard needed more pilots and they recruited Army enlisted men who had experience in aviation flight and maintenance and sent them to the CGA.

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