US Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE Deployment Opportunity

Post date: Jan 16, 2013 6:40:50 AM


USGC Cutter EAGLE Deployment 2013

Refs: A. CATO 34-05

B. CATO 14-18


1. Two or more Sea Cadets will get to sail aboard "America's Tall Ship", the US Coast Guard Cutter EAGLE. Overall period will be confirmed in the coming months. This deployment is usually three to five week duration and held during the July to August timeframe.


2. The USCG Cutter EAGLE deployment is a demanding and unique opportunity normally available annually to two Sea cadets. For this reason, only very deserving cadets deemed capable of successfully completing the training are to be submitted for selection. It's therefore important that:

a. cadets considering applying have a good understanding of the training's schedule and, conditions and selection requirements; and

b. chain of command (Corps COs, ACOs, RCSU SOs and RMLOs) comments be based on that same information.

3. Deployment conditions, medical support and selection prerequisites provided below should be used to gain a better understanding of the training and to assess an individual's capability, suitability and eligibility.

a. Deployment Conditions. The USCG Cutter EAGLE deployment takes place aboard a sailing ship approximately 98 metres (295 feet) in length. The ship, under the command of a qualified US Coast Guard Captain, sails off the East coast of the United States for a period of six to seven weeks and continuously at sea for up to five days. During this deployment, cadets are involved in every part of shipboard operations (helm, lookout, husbandry, cookery, seamanship, safety, etc.) and sailing evolutions (hoisting, lowering, furling and unfurling sails, on deck and aloft in the rigging, etc.) in a 24/7 watch system.

b. Medical Support. A Coast Guard Health Services Technician is aboard while EAGLE is underway. The medical team can provide only basic first aid, simple urgent care needs (seasickness, minor lacerations, colds, etc.) and initial stabilization of emergencies in preparation for transport. There is no lab or x-ray available. There is no medication on board for treatment of chronic illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, or heart failure. In case of a medical emergency, there is no easy or quick way to evacuate patients to a medical facility. Evacuation to a medical facility may take from 10 to 24 hours.


4. In order to be eligible to participate in this deployment, a cadet must meet or exceed the following prerequisites:

a. have attained the age of 16 years as of the first day of January and not be 18 years before 1 April of the year of the deployment;

b. have successfully completed Phase IV from the corps program;

c. hold the rank of PO1;

d. have completed any advanced course / TG3 or 6-8 week specialty course;

e. be fluent in English, which signifies an excellent understanding of the language with an ability to comprehend and express one's self in it;

f. overall incentive level bronze for the candidate’s age group successfully completed by the application deadline. (see CATO 14-18);

g. be mature enough to perform his/her duties with no direction from his/her supervisor; and

h. be highly recommended for this deployment by all levels in the chain of command.

5. Waivers. Waivers will not be granted.


6. IOT be eligible to participate in this deployment, a cadet must be free of any ailment, condition (physical or psychological) or injury:

a. which requires or may require that he/she, even in rare or unusual circumstances, be taken to a medical facility or treated by medical personnel;

b. which requires or may require that he/she take medication or inhalers of any kind;

c. which will or may prevent him/her from completing the training and performing assigned duties;

d. which will or may prevent him/her from living and/or working in conditions associated with life aboard a tall ship at sea for extended periods of time;

e. which will or may prevent him/her from going aloft, hulling on heavy sheets, and carrying heavy gear on a regular basis;

f. which will or may prevent him/her from going into confined areas (galley, bunk and passageway) and fitting through tight openings (hatches, ladders and doors); and

g. which will or may prevent him/her from comprehending orders and directions, sometimes in an emergency situation, and quickly reacting to them.

Note: In order for RMLOs to issue judicious recommendations on cadet applications, RCSU Sea Cadets SOs are requested to provide them with above conditions & prereqs.

7. Waivers. Waivers will not be granted.


8. Corps are invited to submit up to 2 cadets (1 M and 1F) applications listed in priority NLT 15 February 2013 through FORTRESS, supplemented with the fol info/docs :

a. course reports/PERs for the 3 previous summer courses and staff cadet positions;

b. copy of birth certificate or certificate of Canadian citizenship or passport (if already in hand);

c. overall incentive level bronze for the candidate’s age group successfully completed by the application deadline. (see CATO 14-18) - attached;

d. two color pictures (passport or photomat/photo booth size);

e. any other supporting document and/or recommendations; and

f. cadet's personal email address or family email that is checked regularly.

Note: Incomplete applications (e.g. without course reports or PERs) will not be considered.

9. Selection will be announced as soon as deployment details are confirmed (Expected 20 July to 15 Aug). (Expected timeframe for announcement will be 1 April to 30 May 2013.)

10. For further information about USCG Cutter EAGLE, link to the web site is provided below (English only).