June 22, 2020
Join me as I sit down with BMCS Theresa Joyce of Personnel Service Center to discuss the Parental Leave Program. This program ensures our shipmates can focus on the care of a newborn or adopted child while enabling the unit to remain operationally effective in their absence. We discuss how the Coast Guard Reserve bridges these gaps for us and the outstanding value our reservists bring. BMs are in the leadership business and a working knowledge of programs such as these makes us more effective in that art.
May 27, 2020
I recently met with BOSN Seymour and BOSN Brown from the BM assignment shop for a recap of AY20. We then had a wide ranging discussion on how they make assignment decisions, as well as our joint approach to advising BMs on how to get the most out of their careers. In addition to assignments we talk career diversity, women afloat, RPQs, and even touch on efforts to increase retention. If you're looking for a way to advance your career, we have done our best to give you information that will be of value.
April 5, 2020
Dr. Jeff Holguin, PhD. takes a quick break from his work as the Operational Fire Psychology Director for Lacey Fire District in Washington State to talk with us about how Coast Guardsmen can maintain their emotional and physical health during the current crisis. Dr. Holguin's previous chat with us on the podcast remains the most downloaded and discussed episode yet. I'm sure this one will prove equally valuable.
March 16, 2020
The Master Chief Advancement Panel represents the most significant revision to our enlisted advancement processes in decades. In this episode I sit down for a long form discussion about how and why this initiative was undertaken with CMC Charlie Salls and CMC Ed Lewis. We are even joined at the end by the D-MCPOCG, CMC Rob Bushey, who gives us a candid assessment from the perspective of senior leadership. Fair warning - there is a lot of information in here!
March 4, 2020
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Company Commander at Training Center Cape May? We go behind the scenes with two of the best! BM1 Doug Curry and BM2 Joscelyn Greenwell give us an in depth look at what the job entails and just how difficult the qualification process can be. We also hear from BOSN Sean Stone, EPM-2, when he joins us to discuss the application process. BMs bring a unique set of qualifications to any position, and these two have found a perfect fit for their skills at Cape May!
February 4, 2020
How does a BM2 get certified as an underway officer of the deck on a 270' WMEC? Listen in on my conversation with BM2 Adams to find out! We discuss life aboard the cutter, her approach to pursuing her qualifications, and the unique perspective she brings as a female to her position. She also opened up about the role that BMCM Diane Bucci (ret) has played as a mentor in her career. It's highly unlikely that you'll ever meet anyone as determined as BM2 Adams and I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode!
January 21, 2020
Orders to D9?!? How do I explain this to my spouse? What's there to do for single folks? Will I have to live in an igloo? In this episode, we answer these questions and more as I sit down with four Boatswain's Mates stationed in the upper peninsula of Michigan - in a little town known as "Da Soo".  What I learned my surprise you and perhaps even change your opinion on what it's like to be stationed here.
December 18, 2019
Ever wondered what you're supposed to be writing in the future potential block? Why are there character limits? And why can't we use gender pronouns anymore?!? We discuss all these topics and more in an info-packed episode with the chief of EPM-3, LCDR Justin Vanden Heuvel (prior BMC/BOSN), BM1 Garrett Dailey, and BMCS Eric Silvoy.   The Enlisted Evaluations System has recently seen the biggest revision in decades, and the quality of the content has never been more important. Don't miss this one!
November 12, 2019
This episode we are joined by CMC Ed Lewis, the Command Master Chief for the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, for a high-level discussion on what's behind the effort to provide increased access for military members seeking merchant mariner credentials; otherwise known as "captain's licenses".  If you've ever wondered why boatswain's mates don't automatically earn a credential based on the nature of our work, you'll definitely want to give this one a listen!
October 16, 2019
In this episode we are joined by our newest surfman, BM2 Kodi Curles, an instructor at the National Motor Lifeboat School. Listen in as she talks about what takes to certify at this elite level and offers advice for those that wish to follow in her wake.  Submit show show suggestions to
October 2, 2019
I am joined in this episode by Dr. Jeff Holguin, PhD; a clinical psychologist and former Coast Guardsman for a far-reaching conversation about mental health, stress, suicide, leadership, and a host of other topics.  This is a long form discussion that I hope will give you reason to examine your own lifestyle and leadership, and to better recognize signs of distress in members of our Coast Guard family.  Submit show show suggestions to
September 8, 2019
The episode you've been asking for is here! This week I sat down with BOSN Stone and BOSN Radakovich to get answers to many of your questions and talk about how to get the most out of each stop in your career. We cover tons of ground in here: E-resumes, qualifications, specialization, special needs, co-locations, warrant vs. senior/master chief, screening panels, and much more. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in for our longest and most anticipated show yet!
September 4, 2019
In this episode we are on location at Boat Forces and Cutter Operations at CG Training Center Yorktown, VA. I am joined by the BM "A" School Chief, BMCS Joe D'Amelio and the assistant BFCO branch chief, LCDR Todd Hartfiel.  Join us as we discuss all things BM "A" School and break some news about a brand new "A" School course that will be offered to those holding a boat crewmember certification.
August 11, 2019
Join me as we throttle back and discuss some of the very important issues faces our rating. In the first installment of the Nav Brief series, we take a fix, determine our position, and chart a new course together as the world's best navigators and operators.  Submit show show suggestions to
July 23, 2019
Listen in as BMCM Hoefling and I talk about our relief week and the lessons he's learned over an outstanding five year run as the Boatswain's Mate Rating Force Master Chief. We candidly talk about the status of our rating and answer questions submitted by the listeners.  Submit show show suggestions to The views or opinions expressed during the Course Made Good podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and do not represent those of the United States Coast Guard.
July 14, 2019
Join me as I talk with BM2 Lind about his amazing accomplishments and the importance of physical fitness in our line of work. We discuss how to start your own program, as well as the common mistakes made by those looking to better their health.  Submit show show suggestions to
July 7, 2019
Join me as I talk with BM1 Nick McGowen about the OIC Study Group he and BM1 Garrett Dailey created on Facebook and learn how it may revolutionize the way senior BMs prepare for the review board.  Submit show suggestions and comments to
July 2, 2019
In the first episode of Course Made Good, join me, the incoming Boatswain's Mate Rating Force Master Chief, BMCM Michael Ellis, to discuss how my career led me to this position and why I believe a podcast focused on the BM rating will benefit us all.  Submit show suggestions and comments to
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