MIL Any coasties in here ?

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  1. Jbeanz

    Jbeanz OT Supporter

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    Just wondering how life is in the Coast Guard . How long on ship's , how fast/slow are promotions etc.. Thanks.
     
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    I am in the Coast Guard.

    Its the sweet life.

    there is always the possibility of having a billet on a ship, some rates are more bound to be there than others.

    I am still a non-rate but i am about to receive orders for A school in california.

    so promotion wise i cant tell you.

    but as far as hating or loving my work.

    i fucking love it.
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I don't think I've ever heard of a coastie that didn't like it.
     
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    ive met one.

    but thats only one.
     
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    all the ones i know love it
     
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    Two questions.

    1) What MOS are the guys who drive those 35 foot boats in the middle of a friggen hurricane?

    2) What MOS are those port security guys and the ones who chase the drug runners in speed boats?
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    I've seen documentaries of those guys training. That right there is some fucking bad ass shit! :coold:
     
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    hahha accord you make me laugh.

    but we call it a Rate, not MOS

    you have to be a coxwain to drive boats.

    and in reality you can be any rate, and be trained as a "Boarding Team Member"

    and the port security, is a reserve rate. but they are not the ones chasing go-fasts in the bay or caribbean, thats the "boarding team"
     
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    How do you get to be a coxswain? It would suck to be guaranteed coxswain in your contract and then get stuck driving a tugboat or some shit :rofl:
     
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    well see you would have to be a Boatswain Mate first. the rate called BM. then you have to pay your dues and basically get qualified as a Coxwain. there are the hardcore Coxwains at Surf Stations, or stations that have outrageous waves as in the oregon/washington coast.

    but again, you can get qualified in a 9mm

    and then qualified as a boarding team member, no matter what rate you are. as long as your underway on the boat.
     
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    What if you're coming in as a prior service Marine Corporal (E4)?

    I'm trying to plan my future 3.5 years from now :x:
     
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    you will most likely do Prior Enlisted bootcamp in cape may, nj

    its only 4 weeks, and you will keep your rank most likely.

    then you will head to a school, and or do a job that is most closely related to your old MOS.

    or you may be able to switch im not sure.

    and you might be busted a rank

    it all depends.

    talk to a recruiter.

    or the military.com forum for the coast guard, and then go to recruiters desk subforum
     
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    I contacted the recruiter here in San Diego. He told me unless you do a rate that is similiar or exact to your MOS in the Marines then you may keep your rank . If not you re-train for your new job and go in as an E-3. The reason being , unlike the Marines , the coast guard/navy test you on your job knowledge for promotion.
     
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    What is the normal time your away from your family for you ? and how often does it happen ?.
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    I agree , it is funny. It sucks too sometimes.
     
  18. bloodred83

    bloodred83 im in ur cost gard, savin' ur boatz

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    I'm enjoying my time in the Coast Guard. I've been in for 6 years this month. The advancement time line has a lot to do with your performance and knowledge, and partially up to the available billets. I made E-5 in 2.5 years and I was eligible for E-6 six months later, but I didn't take the final exam for it for a couple years, just 'cause I didn't want to be a 21 y/o supervisor for people in their late 20's lol. Anyways, I'm making E-6 in a couple of months.

    If you don't get a guaranteed "A" school I suggest you try and get a large cutter right out of bootcamp. I got a 378' cutter and it helped me decided my career path. You really get to see what your rate does at it's extreme. Plus being 18 and seeing most of the pacific ocean was pretty rad.

    Well that's the skinny for now, I'm fighting a couple day sickness. :wtc:
     
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    reserving this post for later
    [working right now ]
     
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    if youre on a 378 ( currently our largest cutter with the exception of the polar ice breakers ) expect to be out at sea for an average of 3 months [ this can change at a moments notice , once you leave the pier your unit could suddenly be recalled to kuwait or anywhere else for that matter ] and you can expect to spend about 2.5 months in home port in between patrols .

    like i said earlier im at work so ill type a big 'blah blah blah' later
     
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    Everyone I've met (a lot) that is in the USCG has loved it. I swear the air of their ships is ful of cocaine/prozac or something, because they LOVE it. :ugh:

    I've debated on joining many times.
     

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