MIL Coast Guard questions

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  1. danewreed

    danewreed OT Supporter

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    Are you stationed on a boat for long periods of time?

    Are opportunites solid in IT and medicine for those with degrees already?

    Do you have to swim a lot or really well? (mainly for Coast Guard)

    Do they pay off student loans?

    How are the chances for deployment in Iraq?


    I'm so clueless, please advise.
     
  2. aftershock-

    aftershock- rawr -.-

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    well its the coast guard, i highly doubt youll be going to iraq. pretty sure they can teach you how to swim if you dont know how to already.
     
  3. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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  4. bloodred83

    bloodred83 im in ur cost gard, savin' ur boatz

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    If you have interest in becoming an IT in the CG you'll be able to join right up, I believe they are at a shortage right now (enlisted members). There will be zero swimming involved if you're going IT, only the basic swim tests all persons must complete at boot camp. Deployment to Iraq is slim to none as an IT. There are critcal vacancies for the 110' patrol cutters right now, but those are for OS's and BM's.

    Depending on your career intentions and how long you plan on staying in, you'll need at least 2 years sea time in order to advance to E-7. But I know of people who have compelted their 4 years of active duty in the CG then switched to a governmental contractor for the Navy and CG, which typically pays more and you stay in a general area.

    If you already have a degree I'd apply for OCS.

    http://www.uscg.mil/jobs/
    http://www.gibill.va.gov/

    Explore these sites to their fullest. There is updated video of each rate at their school and a lot of information about each rating and typical job's you'll do. I'm not sure about past student loans, but while you're active duty payments and tuition assistance is pretty nice.


    Anyways this was just a quick reply before I'm off to the gym, I'll try to answer more questions later. Yes, I'm an active duty coastie, but I'm an Operations Specialist (OS).
     
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  5. bloodred83

    bloodred83 im in ur cost gard, savin' ur boatz

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    Yeah, he represented all that is Coast Guard. :squint:
     
  6. bloodred83

    bloodred83 im in ur cost gard, savin' ur boatz

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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    whitecouch spendin' our golden years in OT Supporter

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    Interesting stuff for sure!
     
  9. Natchez

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    I was stationed on a ship 270' for 2.5 years, traveled all around the carribbean.

    There is to my knowledge not a deadicate program for paying off student loans.

    Swimming is part of the coast guard and is a vital part of boot camp, but except for swim calls (volunteery swims in the middle of the carribean) I havnt been in the water in almost my 5 yrs in the Guard. and anytime your on a boat or have the chance of falling in the water your wearing a life jacket. if all you can do is tread water, you'll be fine.


    I have volunteered for Iraq 4 times. it kinda fard to get over there.

    IT is a rate and medicane is a rate. If a degree is already there go Officer.
     

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