CNKALE- Since joining YF
a year and a bit ago you have posted a few articles of a similar vein.
In one you have written you have 4 yrs service in the USCG and in another 3.5- these sort of differences can cause an alert CV reviewer to ask what else doesn't match up.
You have also written that you confirmed that all your USCG Quals were valid. I don't know what you have in the way of qualifications but imagine if the USCG saw fit to grant you a Certificate for something then you must know that subject.
Any qualifications you have in the marine related industries can make the difference between someone who has never done anytime at sea and someone like yourself when applying for their first position aboard a yacht.
Everyone has to start somewhere, be proud of what you have done so far and make sure the USCG Quals you have are listed on your CV.
You might just have something that appeals to an interviewer on paper and is supported by a neat, well presented (not suit and tie for your first job), friendly individual with an open mind presenting it which makes the difference between you and the other 50 hopefuls that have applied.