Im joining the Coast Guard, I have a ...

Im joining the Coast Guard, I have a few questions.

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David R Quigley

United States

#1 Oct 15, 2006
I am 17 years old, turning 18 on november 18. At that time I will be enlisting in the coast guard. I live in Coarsegold, California and I have quite a few questions about the coast guard. I am currently in a relationship with a girl and I want information about what it will be like for us when I join. I a going to request that I be stationed in alameda or petaluma, how likely a I to get what I ask for and will I be moved around a lot? The class I am interested in is IT (information systems technician) I would be willing to look at other classes if IT will require me to be moved around frequently and render me unable to keep a relationship. I would like any tips and or details on how to keep a relationship and how easy it is. Does she need to move up near my base? Can she move in with me? Will I ever be able to see her and how often? And my last question is somewhat different, how many days leave am I given after I finish bootcamp?
Sultan of Swing

Winter Garden, FL

#2 Oct 15, 2006
My daughter joined about ten months ago and she said that your choices of where you are based is determined on where you place in the class during boot camp. Those who finish at the top are more likely to get their choice those who finish near the bottom get whats left. As for the girl...your 17, keep your options open. It's a big world out there, don't be in such a rush. If its meant to be it will work itself out.
David R Quigley

United States

#3 Oct 15, 2006
I know it will work out if its meant to be. What I want to know though is how relationships work in the coast guard? Preferablly from someone with experience. Like what time do I have off? And do I have enough to visit and do things once a week or once a month or what? The reason why I asked these questions is because I watched "the guardian" to see what I have to look forward too. The man and his wife were having troubles because he was never around. I want to try and minimize that as much as possible, while still giving my all at the coast guard. I just want to know how much free time im given.
Conrad Carruthers PS1

New York, NY

#4 Oct 18, 2006
David When you speak with the Recruiter ask to be pipelined to IT school. You will then go straight from basic to IT School at Tracen Petaluma. From there your ranking, class scores and needs of the service will determine where you will be placed. As for your lady friend you will be assigned to the barracks during training, and from there once you reach the fleet you may be assigned to Live aboard ship, or in barracks or on the economy. Once again the needs of the service. Good Luck to you.
David R Quigley wrote:
I am 17 years old, turning 18 on november 18. At that time I will be enlisting in the coast guard. I live in Coarsegold, California and I have quite a few questions about the coast guard. I am currently in a relationship with a girl and I want information about what it will be like for us when I join. I a going to request that I be stationed in alameda or petaluma, how likely a I to get what I ask for and will I be moved around a lot? The class I am interested in is IT (information systems technician) I would be willing to look at other classes if IT will require me to be moved around frequently and render me unable to keep a relationship. I would like any tips and or details on how to keep a relationship and how easy it is. Does she need to move up near my base? Can she move in with me? Will I ever be able to see her and how often? And my last question is somewhat different, how many days leave am I given after I finish bootcamp?
David R Quigley

United States

#5 Oct 18, 2006
No offense but that didnt quite answer my question. Anyone else help me out please? My question is, will we ever be able to spend time together? Or am I gonna be gone all day everyday? I need to know.
Former TT

Washington, DC

#6 Oct 18, 2006
David,
Yes you will be able to spend time together. I was a TT for 9 years (what ITs used to be before the rate change) and was assigned in the rate both on land and on a cutter. Regardless of what rate you choose there is always time for a relationship. How and when is the part where you sometimes need to get creative. If she has a career of her own then it may be a little more difficult. I have been in the CG for almost 14 years now and can say from experience that it really takes both of you (as with any relationship) to be willing to spend the time and effort. I have been on three cutters all of different sizes and each had its own challenges when it came to family. As an IT you definitely have less of a chance to be underway than other rates (two of my cutters have been as an officer). However, remember the Coast Guard IS a sea going service and the needs of the service DO come first when it comes to assignments, what makes all the difference is having someone that is willing to move with you and accept the challenges that come.
David R Quigley

United States

#7 Oct 19, 2006
I think thats the answer I was looking for. Thank you.
micaela indiano

Lubbock, TX

#8 Nov 17, 2006
Im 14 years old and im thinking about joining the coast guard and i want to be a rescue swimmer when im older is it to early to make my dicision?
Former TT

Durham, NC

#9 Nov 18, 2006
Micaela, it is never too early to set goals. I had the goal of joining the military and becoming an Officer like my father since I was 13. Back then I was looking at the Air Force (father was Army) but that is only because I didn't even know about the Coast Guard. All I knew is I wanted to be an Officer eventually but wanted to do it coming up through the ranks as I had seen the respect my father received from his men because he had at one time been in their shoes. That is not to put down the Academy, it too would be a very worth while goal to set and a "free" college education. You couldn't be a swimmer when you graduate but you could be a pilot (or even better a ship driver). In any case, no matter what you choose, now is the time to concentrate on grades and make the right decisions that will keep you on the correct side of the law. It may appear as though that restricts you by disciplining yourself like that but you will find that what it really does is free you in adult life to so many more oportunities.
Bridget

Delano, MN

#10 Nov 20, 2006
Former TT- You say that you can't be a swimmer when you graduate the academy... who is qualified for that school? Enlisted? I have been told by numerous people that I cannot join due to bad knees and asthma but I'm really interested and can't get it out of my mind. I just want the info.
Mike R

El Cajon, CA

#11 Nov 20, 2006
Bridget wrote:
Former TT- You say that you can't be a swimmer when you graduate the academy... who is qualified for that school? Enlisted? I have been told by numerous people that I cannot join due to bad knees and asthma but I'm really interested and can't get it out of my mind. I just want the info.
Use this link to visit the Coast Guard Academy website.
http://www.uscga.edu/
My daughter attends the CGA and it is quite a challenge, but there is nowhere else she'd rather be!
Good luck!
Bridget

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Nov 21, 2006
Thanks Mike. Now, does anyone know who's qualified for rescue swimming?
Former TT

Durham, NC

#13 Nov 22, 2006
Bridget,
Aviation Survival Technician (AST) is an enlisted rate (These are our rescue swimmers). As far as qualifications go, it all depends on ASVAB scores and physical fitness. Anyone who is enlisted may become an AST provided they meet both of those requirements and can graduate from the training school. The Coast Guard is unique of all the services in that we do not limit any job based on gender. It is all about qualifying for the job. The Coast Guard also does not make you decide on a specialty before you enlist. Normally you are a Non-rate for a year or two before becoming rated. This gives you time to make an educated decision about which rate/specialty you choose. I included a link that talks a little about the rate. I guess your first question to get answered is whether your form of asthma disqualifies you from entering the service at all. For this you would need to talk to a local recruiter.

http://www.gocoastguard.com/Rates/ASTrate.htm
adam

Fresno, CA

#14 Nov 22, 2006
what jobs can you get when your out the cg
Katie

Virginia Beach, VA

#15 Nov 27, 2006
David R Quigley wrote:
I am 17 years old, turning 18 on november 18. At that time I will be enlisting in the coast guard. I live in Coarsegold, California and I have quite a few questions about the coast guard. I am currently in a relationship with a girl and I want information about what it will be like for us when I join. I a going to request that I be stationed in alameda or petaluma, how likely a I to get what I ask for and will I be moved around a lot? The class I am interested in is IT (information systems technician) I would be willing to look at other classes if IT will require me to be moved around frequently and render me unable to keep a relationship. I would like any tips and or details on how to keep a relationship and how easy it is. Does she need to move up near my base? Can she move in with me? Will I ever be able to see her and how often? And my last question is somewhat different, how many days leave am I given after I finish bootcamp?
I would be happy to answer any questions if you would like to email me directly.
kathryn.e.loring@uscg.mil
Katie

Virginia Beach, VA

#16 Nov 27, 2006
Sultan of Swing wrote:
My daughter joined about ten months ago and she said that your choices of where you are based is determined on where you place in the class during boot camp. Those who finish at the top are more likely to get their choice those who finish near the bottom get whats left. As for the girl...your 17, keep your options open. It's a big world out there, don't be in such a rush. If its meant to be it will work itself out.
You are more than welcome to email me directly...
kathryn.e.loring@uscg.mil
Katie

Virginia Beach, VA

#17 Nov 27, 2006
adam wrote:
what jobs can you get when your out the cg
You are more than welcome to email me directly...
kathryn.e.loring@uscg.mil
Katie

Virginia Beach, VA

#18 Nov 27, 2006
David R Quigley wrote:
I am 17 years old, turning 18 on november 18. At that time I will be enlisting in the coast guard. I live in Coarsegold, California and I have quite a few questions about the coast guard. I am currently in a relationship with a girl and I want information about what it will be like for us when I join. I a going to request that I be stationed in alameda or petaluma, how likely a I to get what I ask for and will I be moved around a lot? The class I am interested in is IT (information systems technician) I would be willing to look at other classes if IT will require me to be moved around frequently and render me unable to keep a relationship. I would like any tips and or details on how to keep a relationship and how easy it is. Does she need to move up near my base? Can she move in with me? Will I ever be able to see her and how often? And my last question is somewhat different, how many days leave am I given after I finish bootcamp?
You are more than welcome to email me directly...
kathryn.e.loring@uscg.mil
EWC

United States

#19 Nov 28, 2006
Anyone know what brand of snorkel and mask are issued to the rescue swimmers? Looks like a low volume 2 window mask and a basic no-frills military snorkel, but I can never tell the manufacturer.
Joe

United States

#20 Nov 28, 2006
EWC wrote:
Anyone know what brand of snorkel and mask are issued to the rescue swimmers? Looks like a low volume 2 window mask and a basic no-frills military snorkel, but I can never tell the manufacturer.
Wrong forum.

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