Joining the coast guard
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#1 Oct 22, 2009
whats up guys. ive recently decided that i wanted to join the coast guards. im a 20 year old college student and almost have my associates. im real confused about what i want to do when i grow up so i thought the coast guard could help me find out what i wanted to actually get my degree in and do. and not to mention i want to be apart of something not many people can say they've done. Im leaving in feb. take my asvab next month and im not sure what to expect. i want to make something of myself instead of bein just another somebody. im kinda afraid of getting a low asvab grade and not getting a very good job. also is there a signing bonus? i ve heard different from different people but dont know who to believe. anyone have advice on any good jobs in USCG or what not to do after bootcamp, or like great places to request? any advice in these subjects would help me out alot. thanks again!
#2 Jan 14, 2010
First thing's first, there is no signing bonus! Some jobs will offer a re-enlistment bonus, but with a service of 40,000, and a horrible economy, the CG does not need people!
You almost have your associates? That's great, I would suggest continuing school as soon as possible once you're in, so you can try to become an officer.
I was 23 when I joined and had no clue on what I wanted to do in life. 3 years later I have a clue. Actually I had about 50 clues, but eventually I narrowed it down. Just remember, the CG will pay for 100% school through Tuition Assistance, so take advantage of it.
ASVAB scores: The CG, along with the AF, is the hardest service to get in to. Some jobs require high asvab scores, as well as holding a security clearance. There are waivers for low scores, but do not rely on these.
After bootcamp, you get just over a week to get to your duty station. A little advice, leave Cape May, get home, pack, get to your unit. Don't waste time, you will now have to follow orders. Do not procrastinate! The sooner you get there, the more time you have to get accustomed to the new area. I got to my unit 4 days before I had to report, so I got a hotel, a nice one, and enjoyed my new city. But once that's over, it's serious time. As a new-guy, it will be tough, you will be expected to learn so many things as soon as possible. I suggest you don't do anything outside of the CG the first 6 months. I didn't start school until 2 years after I joined, I wish I did it sooner, but it did give me the time I needed to get fully qualified at whatever job I had.
Good jobs: depends on what you like. The CG will give you the opportunity to try most jobs, depending on what unit you start at. I was stationed on a 270', so I got to see many rates in action: GM, MK, BM, EM, FS, OS, IT, YN, SK... but from the beginning I wanted to go aviation. So I knew already, but if you're not sure what you want to do, it may be a few years before you choose one. Just remember, whatever your job title, it depends on what unit you're at, which will determine what you do. I was a FN on the boat. I was a messcook, boarding team member, aircraft fuel team, fire-fighter. It all depends on the operational tempo.
Don't be afraid to consider making the CG a career. Especially with the high unemployment rates, the CG is a great job. Oh and by the way, you WILL save lives. In 3 years I've helped save 7 lives. So remember that when you're in boot and are doubting why you're there. All the hard work, the yelling, the sprained ankles, the long days...all are done for a reason. To save lives.
#3 Jan 22, 2010
wow thanks alot for all that! ive actually taken my test now, made a decent score, and know what rate i wnat to do. also found out i will be going in as an e-3 and i also want to go aviation AMT! i have to return back to meps to finish some hospital holdups i had but other than that im right on track. where are you stationed? maybe we might run into eachother one day. again thanks a million!
#4 Mar 1, 2010
I myself have been very seriously considering the Coast Guard Reserves. I have finished college and worked in the Media Industry for five years now. I just turned 29, and I am very unhappy with my current job and status, so I feel this is the time to join if I can. I have already spoken to a recruiter. I want a job and career that is fulfilling. I am not just considering in joining simply because the economy sucks, but because its a great interest. Anyway, I have a Bachelors degree in communications, I just turned 29, and I am interested in Maritime Law Enforcement Reserves.
So any advice from anyone would be very helpful.
Also I have bills and some debt. Will this be a problem?
#5 Jan 3, 2011
Im unhappy with my decision on joining the military. Its not what I expected and I cry everyday I have to work. Its changing me and I don't like it. Its sucks so bad but I can't escape it. So if your considering themilitary just make sure you are double sure. I have never been so unhappy in my life...
Since: Jan 11
#6 Jan 9, 2011
Definitely not fir everyone. If you sign that contract be prepared to fulfill it.
#7 Jun 13, 2012
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#8 Jan 28, 2013
-Huge wasting of Tax Dollars
-Zero Incentive To Save Money
-Huge overburdening of keeping up with "qualifications"
-Political correctness run amuck
-Promotions based heavily on Race & Gender
To keep myself anonymous I will give as little detail as possible. AMT A-school is Froozen. Meaning you wont be going to it any time soon.
Your better of finding something you love outside with less burdens. Just my opinion.
And as sniffyFingers said yes, you better be willing to fulfull your contract.
But if you sign a 4-6 year contract, and you come in as a none-rate and you have to wait 3-5 years for what you really want to do and go to A-school, whats the point?
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