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The Coast Guard recently played host to Authentic Leadership Institute (ALI) President Nick Craig, who spent a week on the Coast Guard's USCGC Eagle. A 300-foot tall ship, the Eagle has 56 crew members and 141 trainees, most between the ages of 20 and 22. They spend considerable time at sea, and their work is grueling. "No matter what shift they're assigned to, they're on call 24-7," Craig says. "If the winds shift and the sails need to be changed in the middle of the night, the entire crew gets up. Space is tight, there is little privacy, and personal lives are put on hold. Why would anyone choose this?

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