I was born in Boston, mom from there, summers at grandma's in Ipswich/Gloucester/Rockport, MA then back in NOLA/Slidell for the school year. Lots of generalized differences in the two parts of the country. My dad retired as the head of exploration for Mobil but may have been more proud of his CG work after. (retired means he took the payout when Exxon bought Mobil)Gross generalizaion: up North it's what you know. Down South (and especially Louisiana), it's who you know.
And we have Charlie Golf as another shared history--Long ago, I was a Coast Guard Jag-type after finishing law school, Direct Commission, stationed in Boston. Then a chance to extend my active duty and take a transfer elsewhere, in my case New Orleans, in the Marine Inspection Office. The rest, as they say, is history, got a good position thanks in large part to the Coast Guard experience I had. I stayed in the Reserves and learned from them, and retired with 20.
And respect to the Auxiliarists, they are often the "brains" benefiting the local Station Coasties, since they have the local knowledge and contacts ("who you know" again). And a willingness to serve, as do also the active duty Chiefs and Petty Officers they liaise with.