MIL Someone school me on the Coast Guard

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  1. Godspeed

    Godspeed New Member

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    I know there's at least one person on this board who's in the Coast Guard because I remember him posting pics of when he got maced and I made a comment about how fat he is :o

    I'm sorry bro, I didn't mean it. Tell me about the Coast Guard. You like it? Hate it?

    i imagine it's pretty competitive to get into since people who want to join the military probably try out for the CG thinking they are going to dodge combat.
     
  2. Kafka

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    :rofl: pretty funny thread.

    But, ya CG is not only competitive for that reason but also because of how much smaller it is compared to the other armed services. In fact, only in wartime is it considered an "armed service"....for the most part Homeland Security has jurisdiction over it.

    Good luck nonetheless.
     
  3. Godspeed

    Godspeed New Member

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    Thanks. I don't think I'll get too much info here because, like you said, it's a small ass branch so, logically, their representation on a random internet forum is going to be tiny.

    I'm going to call Monday and see about making an appointment to talk with a recruiter and get the scoop on everything CG.

    But if have some dirt on the Coast Guard, post it up.
     
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    coasties in my squadron have the best looking girls :)
     
  5. Cyan Connect

    Cyan Connect Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. OT Supporter

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    You can still get deployed to the Middle East if you join the Coast Guard. It's a lot more rare in that branch but it still does happen.
     
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    lots and lots of swimming.
     
  7. Godspeed

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    I know that. I was just speculating on what other people may be thinking.
     
  8. Godspeed

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    That's cool with me. I swim shit tons for fun.
     
  9. birdman7389

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    Lots of Bullshit answers in this thread.

    1. The coast guard is ALWAYS considered a military, armed and uniformed service, not just in time of war. They can operate under the Navy during a war.
    United States Code 14, Part 1, Chapter 1

    2. Middle East deployments are voluntary for the most part. If you dont want to go and are active duty, you dont go. There are enough people who want to go....only a few hundred people doing port security, nothing more.

    3. There is NOT lots and lots of swimming. You do a very easy and very basic test in boot camp, and then that is about it for the most part. I've been in over 8 years, and done maybe 2 swims without a life preserver or immersion suit. Its not impossible to do your initial in boot camp, and go 20 years without another.
     
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    What else? Have you taken an ASVAB test yet?
     
  11. Godspeed

    Godspeed New Member

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    Excellent, birdman. Thanks

    You like it in the Coast Guard? Where are you stationed/what's your job? What made you choose the Coast Guard? Any general insights or what not for someone on the outside?

    I haven't taken the ASVAB. I was hoping to get in as an officer. Not sure if they make officers take the asvab or not.
     
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    jimmybuffett New Member

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    Nope you just go in, raise your right hand, read some shit and BAM you're an officer.
     
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    birdman7389 New Member

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    I am. I'm a helo mechanic in San Francisco, its pretty :bowdown: Shoot me a PM for the scoop..
     
  14. Akord2NR

    Akord2NR OT Supporter

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    I just came back from a trip to Coast Guard Island Alameda and this is what i gathered:

    1) female coasties are hotter than the navy
    2) day starts at 0700
    3) coffee break at 1000
    4) lunch at 1200
    5) day ends at 1700

    Pretty lax compared to the navy. They got pissed at us because we weren't off the ship at 1700 :rofl:
     
  15. scottiemac

    scottiemac It's time to shoot some hot dogs!

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    water. all i know.
     
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    AF Girls stiil > *

    And that is a pretty accurate day for a cutter in port, maybe even a bit long :mamoru:
     
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    Akord2NR OT Supporter

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    I was told by several personnel on the cutter that they were "working" extended hours because of their upcoming deployment. Their usual work schedule is 0700-1300 :wtf:
     
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    :wiggle:
    Yep, they pay for it once they get underway though....
     
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    Akord2NR OT Supporter

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    and they wonder why their deepwater program is months behind schedule....:hsugh:
     
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    birdman7389 New Member

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    Show me any project from the .mil or .gov that is on time, and on budget :coolugh:
     
  21. NetChemica

    NetChemica OT Supporter

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    Those are tropical hours. Only people stationed on a cutter get those and only when in home port. Once they go underway it's 0800-1530 + what ever watch schedule your department has going.

    I'm only an E3 on a cutter, life is pretty miserable right now, but they say that I'm in the shittiest billet out there right now.

    I'm trying not to judge the CG until I make Petty Officer. Most people seem to love it though :dunno:
     
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    :wavey:

    That's my home port. Well, for the next month anyway, PCSing out of there :).
     
  23. birdman7389

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    Ya dude, most Non-rate billets are shit, except for ones at airstations :bowdown:
    Where you headed, A-school?
     
  24. Akord2NR

    Akord2NR OT Supporter

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    I understand that, working for the navy (civilian) i'm not used to working those hours when i got out to one of our ships (usually put in 10-12 hours even when in port).

    :wavey: Where you headed to next? I'm probably going back out there after new years to finish where we left off. Thanks for serving :)
     
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    my dad's coworker transferred over from the navy to the cg so he could make O6 since he wasn't a specialist.
     

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