PCG May Send Top Students to US Coast Guard Academy for Training

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PCG May Send Top Students to US Coast Guard Academy for Training


The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is looking forward to sending top students from their cadetship program to undergo training at the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, Connecticut.Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo said the request for the revival of PCG cadets admission to the USCGA was brought to the attention of senior US Coast Guard officers during the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Volunteer's Convention recently in Scottsdale, Arizona. Admiral Tamayo, a graduate of the USCGA academy in 1979, said that this opportunity will definitely enhance the capability and professional competence of future commissioned officers of the PCG.The admission program for Filipino cadets was stopped in 1992 and later, when the PCG was transferred from the Philippine Navy and became an independent uniformed and armed service under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC). At present, only three graduates from the USCGA remain in active service in the PCG. They are Admiral Tamayo, Commodore Gilbert Rueras of class 1982, Commander Coast Guard Education and Training Command, and Commodore Aaron Reconquista of class 1986, Commander of Coast Guard Air Group. Other graduates of the USCGA opted to continue their service under the Philippine Navy. The PCG is presently sourcing its commissioned officers from the Coast Guard Officer's Course similar to the Officer Candidate Course of the AFP. Under this system, a candidate officer who is a baccalaureate degree holder undertakes a one-year rigid training at the Coast Guard Education and Training Command in Taguig and at the Coast Guard Ready Fleet for shipboard familiarization.

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