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So, you want to join the Coast Guard.

Discussion in 'Military' started by 4x4Runner, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Feb 11, 2016 at 8:13 PM
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    4x4Runner

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    Say's the Navy guy.

    Reading over this I'll say. Pick what fits you. Now, with that. I came in back in 97 and wanted to be an ET (Electronics Technician) and I did so because it was something I didn't know and I wanted to learn about it. I went ET. I spent 6 months on a cutter and put my name on the list. I wen too school and went to Kodiak, AK for 3 years (try doing that as a fresh 21 year old). After 3 years I decided I didn't like it and opted to change ratings. I put my request in and it was approved, 6 months later I was in TT school (Telephone Technician school and the best rate out there period). My point is, if the army will guarantee you something it may be too good to be true as you may find out you may not like it. I can't speak for the Army but for the CG at the time it was pretty easy for me to change rates. Now, it's a little more difficult. Regardless of whats offered to you, you need to find your niche and what your good at.

    On the contrary...I hears there are some changes coming.

    for the rescue swimmer, yes, he's right. one is a collateral duty (sucks BTW cause you miss out on swim calls) and the other is a specific rating (AST) which you have to go to school for, and it's not an easy school to get through.

    Damn good? Not only physically fit but have the mental fortitude to survive the brutality of the course. There is no shading the odd's you can meet the physical requirements however, there is the mental aspect to it, you're going to have to want it in order to make it through school.

    As Nirvana says, there are waits for school, here is the current list for A school's as well as the physical requirements for AST http://www.uscg.mil/psc/epm/docs/A-SchoolList.pdf

    Also, when he says small, truer words have never been spoken. Our service is around 38k Active duty and the more time you spend in our service the more people you run in to. Nirvana's recruiter is a good friend of mine that I've known for over 12 years. I work with a LT right now that was a cadet on one of my ships and he used to bum cigarettes from me. I work closely with former detailers, subject matter experts and people I've met over the years. It's quite the experience working within an organization that is as small as it is.

    The running joke is "singer tech" and by singer we mean the sewing machine. The job isn't all jumping out of hero's and saving during babies out of the surf. There's maintenance and upkeep of systems. As AST'ss you guys will also maintain the parachutes for the dewatering pumps and... sew our chevrons on our ODU's cause you're such nice guys. The dissatisfaction may come from the expectation that you're all awesome helo jumping, life saving hero's but in reality there's more to the job than just that.

    I would not count on it being a viable option. The CG moves people around, we have cutters with limited connectivity to shore (no phone for personal use underway so forget about that).

    What he said.

    As for the M world, I can't attest. i've got a few friends on the M side, they are smart in their own right but it suits them. Like I said before. You have to find what suits you best. I though tET was good for me but I found out that I understand a lot more about circuits, telephony and networks so TT/IT suited me better. I could have gone Machinery Technician, Damage Controlman or Electricians Mate but I felt I needed to learn something else so I chose ET.
     
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  2. Apr 22, 2016 at 6:40 AM
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    This is a cool thread. I can dig. Howdy names Joe I'm a MK2 on the CGC Harriet Lane out of Portsmouth, Va, I may also be able to help with questions or concerns about shipboard life, back to back cutters, CG Life or any questions involving our new, WMSL National Security Cutters
     
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  3. May 10, 2016 at 1:29 PM
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    O906

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    Current USCG recruiter right now... if anyone has any interest in joining the CG let me know and I'd be glad to answer any questions to may have.
     
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  4. May 11, 2016 at 8:40 AM
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    and for all of you that are near the end of your enlistment or finished and getting ready to began civilian career,don't forget that your military experience can lead to good paying jobs...military sealift command,army corp of engineers,epa,offshore industry,shipyards..ect.,go out there and make that money!
     
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  5. Jun 29, 2016 at 6:34 PM
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  6. Jun 29, 2016 at 6:38 PM
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    Much respect for the CG.

    My cousin is a rescue diver. He spent 5 years in Alaska (I think up at Kodiak island), now he is in Hawaii. He wants to go back to AK. He has told me some awesome stories.

    Thank you for your service!
     
  7. Apr 29, 2017 at 6:04 PM
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    Checking in.

    Formerly Enlisted(BM then ME), went OCS in 2013, putting on LT in December. Currently the XO of the Northeast Regional Fisheries Training Center on Cape Cod.

    I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up...

    Really though - I am available to answer any questions, review resumes, narratives for OCS applications, I'll give mock boards, etc.

    I like helping people out in any way I can, personally and professionally. PM me and I will give you my contact info.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2017 at 6:37 PM
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  9. Jun 15, 2017 at 8:45 AM
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    Anyone interested in Marine Safety field, MST rate or Port State Control and intermodal shipping can send me a PM at anytime.

    "Shrimp fork" approved + pro dgaf duck (Last year of contract) not a recruiter so no bs or quota.
    Imo: Tokenaimondai and Catch 22 for the win.
     
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  10. Jun 15, 2017 at 6:39 PM
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  15. Jan 15, 2018 at 6:01 PM
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  17. Jan 18, 2018 at 8:37 PM
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  18. Jan 26, 2018 at 10:37 AM
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    ITCM at Headquarters. It’s been a long time since I’ve logged in here regularly, but thought I’d check in with the other Coasties here.
     
  20. Jan 30, 2018 at 4:42 PM
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