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CADET LIFE
Spectrum Council
The Spectrum Council fosters the principles of “leadership,” “professionalism,” and “respect,” by supporting the Coast Guard’s core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty” between all individuals regardless of their orientation. The Spectrum Council provides a support network for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Questioning (LGBQ) cadets and creates an educational experience for all cadets dedicated to the retention, development and commissioning of culturally and socially competent junior officers. Spectrum also educates the Academy and Corps of Cadets on matters pertaining to the LGBQ community. The Spectrum Council has served the Academy’s cadet corps for one year under the name “DADT Working Group,” and four years as a council and support network for LGBQ cadets. Membership in the council, as well as participation in all Spectrum activities, is open to all USCGA cadets. The Spectrum Council joined the USCGA Diversity Council in 2011.