I have interviewed a soldier in the Coast Guard: “Effectively even with their arguments to the contrary, all ASTs do at some point die. But usually it is of previous age. How many of them die every single 12 months is a mystery as no person keeps monitor once they retire. Now if you mean how several ASTs presently on energetic duty die every year conducting operations, that range has been zero for many years (I believe because inception, ASTs aid me out) and I hope it will continue being so for numerous years to come.”
“Yes, there have been ASTs that have died in crashes, and each one particular of the fatalities was tragic. Even so, as I was pointing out, and you evidently missed was I carrying out not recall any that have died conducting AST operations. In other phrases in which the crew will come residence with 1 crew member dropped to the sea a la the last scenes of the Guardian. Which is what the original query appeared also be asking.
I was also pointing out that regardless of the excessive hazards of the work most nonetheless reside a extended and fruitful daily life.”
“The unique issue is not a negative concern it is a straightforward issue of a how risky a occupation is and how aggressive it may possibly be. You may possibly have recognized a thread on level-counter point that argues the pass/fail charge as becoming a aspect for individuals not signing up for AST School. If I was in fact arranging to go to that training one particular of the points I would inquire would be how a lot of folks die undertaking this work. That would be a considerably bigger concern to me. Call me ridiculous. That is a very good query to request. Perhaps there would be much less suicide bombers if much more asked the question ahead of taking the work. Nothing inappropriate with asking the concern.”
“I answered the issue the way I did because the original query “Does any person know what the annual mortality rates of USCG AST’s are?” put no parameters on how the rates ended up measured i.e.
operationally, on duty, off duty, following retiring etc. It was way too broad of a query.”
“My comment was meant to refine the parameters employing a little bit of humor to whittle down the parameters to what I believed the poster truly wished to know and to alleviate his considerations a bit at the same time. It in no way degraded or devalued the lives of ASTs. We all die ASTs are no distinct. The mortality price for the human population, no issue who you are is one hundred%. If you think otherwise that is a dilemma.”
“So ahead of you call possibly me or the authentic poster idiots yet again or just before accusing possibly of us keeping no value to our lives or lives of other individuals maybe you ought to take a deep breath and go through it for what it is. Operating a buoy deck is actually much more hazardous than getting an AST. A good concern to question would be how several situations a calendar year, on common, does an AST get into a “hazardous” circumstance. The solutions will almost certainly much less than 10 and at that the definition of “harmful” may possibly be narrowly defined. A good critique is to signal up for the Coastline Guard’s weekly PR listing. Examine the cases and you’ll see they are not that exciting.”
“Appear at it the explanation we got into this occupation is to support others. There is no self righteousness in that. I am in no indicates mourning those who were dropped for the relaxation of my daily life but has some tact. If you are heading to question how hazardous the work is, then request with some respect for those who may have compensated the final value. Do not ask if a person dies do you just retain a new one particular.”