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jeffroah

Savannah, GA

#1 Apr 22, 2009
I was wondering how difficult it would be to go from the Army after 7yrs and 2 deployments to Iraq to join the Coast Gaurd??(would i have to go through basic training, what jobs transfer)?
captkyguy

Caddo Mills, TX

#2 Apr 23, 2009
jeffroah wrote:
I was wondering how difficult it would be to go from the Army after 7yrs and 2 deployments to Iraq to join the Coast Gaurd??(would i have to go through basic training, what jobs transfer)?
Jeff, I would ask your question at www.uscg.org and/or http://forums.military.com/eve/forums... I believe you will find your answers there.

I do know that you can enlist with the CG from Army as many, many have done so and are doing so currently from all branches. The CG is full for the fiscal year and are currently scheduling into next year. I do not know what jobs transfer over but if they do not transfer then you loose rank to E3.

Yes, they will send you all the way back through boot camp they are closing down their pit stop course shortly.

If you are within 6 months of being able to get out of the army you are eligible to talk with a recruiter. It is recommended that you talk with one in or responsible for the city/state that you will be returning to after getting out of the army. You can find a recruiter here www.gocoastguard.com under the find a recruiter link towards the bottom in small black print.

I wish you the best.
anonymous

Las Vegas, NV

#4 May 12, 2010
does a prior service army have to go to Coast Guard MEPS all over again?
ghost

Memphis, TN

#5 May 13, 2010
no you can go to the pit stop program... I did.
rich

Columbus, OH

#6 Jun 20, 2010
I am an E5(p) in the army and been in for 7 yrs can I keep my rank if I switch?
Claudio DeLeon

Mission, TX

#7 Aug 26, 2010
how can join my email is alexdeleon101@yahoo.com
SGT H

Bluffton, SC

#8 Nov 30, 2010
Claudio DeLeon wrote:
how can join my email is alexdeleon101@yahoo.com
The CG's promotion system is totally different from the Army's. It is easier to get promoted in the Army because your promotion is based on your points, as for the CG it's pretty much testing and waiting for a slot to open for the rank you are competing for, if the slot's are open which is hardly never than you will have to test again for the next fiscal year. You will lose your rank regardless. The Navy, CG and the Air Force is not a guarantee for promotion unless someone retires and the chain moves up one rank. The Army is what you put in to your education, PT, military training ie schools, weapons and board points. This is not to put the other services down but there are alot of transfers from other branches coming into the army because the education benefits is better, move up in rank is faster and there are more bases closer to their homes. I was thinking about the CG for a long time as well still thinking if it's the best move for me and my family. Thank you for reading.
chris228

Apo, AE

#9 Dec 26, 2010
i have been in the army for a lil over 2 years and only have about a year left, what would be the best way for me to transition to the coast guard? by transition i mean join. is there any way to do it with out goin back home to see a recruiter and goin thry basic all over again? i would like to have no lapse in military service if at all possible!!
JACK

Quantico, VA

#10 Dec 7, 2011
FOR STARTERS THE EDUCTION BENEFITS IN THE ARMY ARE NOT BETTER ITS A DOD ORDER SO ALL BRANCHES ARE THE SAME AND SECOND.. THE CG IS NOT DOD THEY ARE NOT MILTARY!!!!
Oh Really

United States

#11 Dec 9, 2011
Hey why not get some education before you spit out information you know appearently nothing at all about?! THE CG IS NOT DOD THEY ARE NOT MILTARY!!!! The hell were not! Considering we've fought in every war and during times of war as Congress dictated we were put under the department of the US Navy and fought and died alongside them. Furthermore, we have guys out there right now in Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, Afghanistan! In the mean time under the US Code Article 14 gives us the right to be called an Armed Service as well as a military branch! We swear the same oath! So before you spit out something you appearently don't know anything at all remember that comments like these spit on the heroes who have also fought and died and served their country in the United States Coast Guard in this military branch and in a humanitarian and still armed service!!
wow

Wahiawa, HI

#12 Dec 31, 2011
but hurt much?!!!!
LOL

Boynton Beach, FL

#13 Feb 25, 2012
CG is Department of Homeland Security during peace time and transfers to Department of Defense during war. CG has some of the best action out of all the services because when they are home they get first dibs on every SAR, Drug deal, and illegal immigrant in the water. They are also full of themselves and dramatic from what I've witnessed. Ahem ^.
Ex-Coastie

Topeka, KS

#14 Jun 13, 2012
LOL wrote:
CG is Department of Homeland Security during peace time and transfers to Department of Defense during war. CG has some of the best action out of all the services because when they are home they get first dibs on every SAR, Drug deal, and illegal immigrant in the water. They are also full of themselves and dramatic from what I've witnessed. Ahem ^.
True, especially the part about us being full of ourselves. Considering that our heritage goes back to 1790...8 years before the US Navy was created. First dibs? Compared to other military branches? Well, young lad, that is because the Coast Guard is the ONLY branch with the authority to prosecute violations of the law...in the U.S. or elsewhere. When the CG goes deployed with the Navy and they come across a possible drug boat, they hoist a Coast Guard flag, thereby becoming a Coast Guard ship, just so they can take down the traffickers. Oh and we are a lifesaving service first. Which means that while the other services can relax when they return to the US, we are still out there doing our jobs. So, let's summarize...the Coast Guard does all the missions that the other services do, oh, and they've been saving lives and enforcing laws for over 200 years.
cowboy

Spanish Fork, UT

#15 Jul 13, 2012
Ex-Coastie wrote:
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True, especially the part about us being full of ourselves. Considering that our heritage goes back to 1790...8 years before the US Navy was created. First dibs? Compared to other military branches? Well, young lad, that is because the Coast Guard is the ONLY branch with the authority to prosecute violations of the law...in the U.S. or elsewhere. When the CG goes deployed with the Navy and they come across a possible drug boat, they hoist a Coast Guard flag, thereby becoming a Coast Guard ship, just so they can take down the traffickers. Oh and we are a lifesaving service first. Which means that while the other services can relax when they return to the US, we are still out there doing our jobs. So, let's summarize...the Coast Guard does all the missions that the other services do, oh, and they've been saving lives and enforcing laws for over 200 years.
Semper Paratus my brother.........
I'm not "full of myself"....I'm down right Arrogant...That's a right we EARNED.....
You did leave out one thing.
When a storm comes, the Navy runs away from it......WE run into the middle of it...
US Coast Guard/US Army Veteran.
Sigh

Olympia, WA

#16 Aug 28, 2012
You guys are pathetic.. Every military branch is just as important as the next. Quit acting like privates and grow the hell up
what

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#17 Dec 10, 2012
wow wrote:
but hurt much?!!!!
Your ignorant and a fool. dont act like a teenager who thinks he knows allot. The above comment was correct and you should admit your mistake. Heros who served in the military and died deserve every right given to them. saything they werent even in the battle is like spitting on thier graves.
USCGmom

Seattle, WA

#18 Feb 9, 2013
Given that our state took 1% of the Coast Guard applicants the year my son enlisted, you DO have to earn the spot. It's not like other recruiting offices with flashy cars and carnival displays, where you walk in and sign up. Call me when the other branches get that competitive and we can discuss who's "full of themselves."
Jose

Columbia, SC

#20 Mar 13, 2013
DO I have to take the ASVAB again?
haha

Atlanta, GA

#21 Apr 9, 2013
There is a difference between going to a war and being in a war. No matter what branch you were or are in if you understand what i mean you have my respect.
Nick

Alaska Peninsula Nwr, AK

#22 Apr 15, 2013
jeffroah wrote:
I was wondering how difficult it would be to go from the Army after 7yrs and 2 deployments to Iraq to join the Coast Gaurd??(would i have to go through basic training, what jobs transfer)?
Get rid of almost all the customs and courtesies, discipline and DNC, and you'll do just fine. There are no ranks to fill, no first line supervisors and no getting chewed out or doing push-ups for stupidity. That being said it's a lot like a civilian job with a uniform. No standing at parade rest when talking to senior NCO, no marching to the DFAC, pretty much no guns and no PT. Promotion is based mostly on a test that is taken by all the people in the same job and rank as you are and then they add in award points and seniority and evaluations to decide who gets promoted first. Lots of school available and most of them you get paid Per Diem because the schools are only at one place.

If you have had your adventure and ready to slow the pace, USCG is can do that. Its just a lot more laid back while still getting the job done.

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