PSC, USCGR, circa 1986 to 1988

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PSC, USCGR, circa 1986 to 1988

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In 1985, I passed the Chief Port Securityman Service Wide Exam (SWE) on the first take and was advanced to E-7.  The time frame of this photo is as stated, since I made E-7 after an Oct. 1985 SWE, and was advanced on 1 Jan 1986. 

I subsequently passed the Senior Chief Port Securityman Service Wide Exam on the first take in Oct. 1988, and was advanced to E-8 on 1 Jan 1989.

In 1985, I had to shave off my goatee, and loose weight from about 205 lb to 160 lb, to comply with new standards implemented that year in the Coast Guard.  My standard weight had to be at or below 185 lbs, but I took it down quite a bit more on a rotational diet.  At 160 lbs, I actually then weighed about 5 lbs less than in 1965, when I enlisted in the US Submarine Reserve.

I took the Master Chief Port Securityman SWE in 1992 & passed 2nd nationwide.  Only Number 1 was advanced.  I subsequently took the Master Chief Port Securityman SWE in 1993, 1994 and 1995.  I passed Number One on all three SWEs but no openings were available. 

Then the USCGR raised the bar and required all Master Chief SWE applicants to attend a rigorous physical training and other arduous stuff school, and I said to my self no way I was going to run miles at a time.  I was in my mid-50s in age then.

With that extra margin, I stayed within weight standards until I retired awaiting pay on 01/01/1997, as a Senior Chief Port Securityman with a lot more hash marks, medals and ribbons.