coast guard joining problems

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chris

Lagrange, GA

#1 Apr 1, 2007
im 23 and have thought of joining the military since i new what it was as a kid. i have a DUI and it has messed up enough of my life as it is. i was wondering if anyone can give me a little more insight on this and affects in joining the coast guard. i have been on and off in college and am tired of the rollercoaster ride doing well in classes like math and science and bombing the required pointless classes i am forced to take. i like result and i know i can get that from the military instead of waiting for them in school i am just ready to make the jump and sign. my drive is insane and i am willing to do just about anything, people have said it doesnt matter some say they wont even think about me i just would like some final say in it......
Harry Delgado

Boston, MA

#2 Jul 6, 2007
im 27 and have thought of joining the military since i new what it was as a kid. i have a DUI and it has messed up enough of my life as it is. i was wondering if anyone can give me a little more insight on this and affects in joining the coast guard. i have been on and off in college and am tired of the rollercoaster ride.

Since: Jul 07

Huntington, WV

#3 Jul 6, 2007
Hey I am joining the coast guard. I am 27 and will be 28 in Sept. The age limit is 27 so I have to join before my birthday! I have put alot of thought into it and I can't wait!! I think it is a GREAT idea! I really don't think that a DUI will stop you from joining! If so, then alot of people would not be in! When are you going in? We may be in basic together! just make sure you get in before you turn 28!!
Elles

Sacramento, CA

#4 Jul 20, 2007
cjsully wrote:
Hey I am joining the coast guard. I am 27 and will be 28 in Sept. The age limit is 27 so I have to join before my birthday! I have put alot of thought into it and I can't wait!! I think it is a GREAT idea! I really don't think that a DUI will stop you from joining! If so, then alot of people would not be in! When are you going in? We may be in basic together! just make sure you get in before you turn 28!!
yeah if its just one dui then it shouldnt hurt your chances. im in the works right now (26 in a few days and i thought i was cutting it close Sully lol) going through meps on the 23rd not straight to bootcamp though. but i suggest you get a job before bootcamp. if you come in non-rated they can give you the crappy job.
sundew404

Cary, NC

#5 Jul 20, 2007
For all those who have any kind of a criminal history and are trying to join the USCG, let me end the suspense for you...Better head to another recruiter for another service...The USCG is so selective right now...People with four year degrees with no criminal record are on a waiting list to get in...Sorry...It just wasn't meant to be...
Mike R

El Cajon, CA

#6 Jul 21, 2007
Talk to a recruiter. Don't listen to anyone but a recruiter. You'll get the straight story that way. There are links on this site to get you to those who can answer you questions. Good luck and follow through with the above!
disgruntled mom

Sicklerville, NJ

#7 Jul 23, 2007
I agree with Mike R. A recruiter will let you know the scoop. A family member of mine works at the Cape May Base and they let in many different types. Talk to a recruiter, talk to two of them. Just be careful, the recruiter got to keep the sign on bonus my family memeber was supposed to get because he lied and said there was none. Everyone else they went in with received it!!
Also, at 27 or 28, do you really think you would like being bossed around by 20 year olds and have to live in the barracks with minors. I have much experience with family doing this and they were four years younger than you.

And the government does not pay our military for their job!! One year in and you will only make about 1400 a month! Yes you will be in the barracks but you will not have any rights.
Good luck.
Paul

Edmond, OK

#8 Jul 29, 2007
Its not hard to get into the enlistment program. Everyone gets put in the Delayed entry program, whether you wait 2 days or one year is up to you and your reqruiter. The Coast Guard Acadmey (also known as a 4 year University) has a waiting list however. If yoy have a DUI, it has to be dissmissed from your record. If its permenant then you probably wont get into the Coast Guard. They only branch that typically accepts those are the ARMY. If it has been dissmissed (you pleaded no contest or innocent) then your cool. If you pleaded or were sentenced guilty your chances arent good. Hopefull that helps
Trisia

West Kennebunk, ME

#9 Jul 30, 2007
Hey my name is Trisia and im 16, I will be 17 in dec. I just recently thought more about what I wanted to become when im older, I know I want to help people, so I looked in to becoming a rescue swimmer. No one thinks I can do it and Im beginning to believe it. you see, im not the brightest kitten in the litter but I know im a hard working and im willing to do whatever it takes, but I have no idea where to start. can someone help me out?
Paul

Edmond, OK

#10 Jul 31, 2007
Trisia wrote:
Hey my name is Trisia and im 16, I will be 17 in dec. I just recently thought more about what I wanted to become when im older, I know I want to help people, so I looked in to becoming a rescue swimmer. No one thinks I can do it and Im beginning to believe it. you see, im not the brightest kitten in the litter but I know im a hard working and im willing to do whatever it takes, but I have no idea where to start. can someone help me out?
Trisia- First thing you need to realize is to be a rescue swimmer, it has to be something in your heart. You need to realize being so young that your giving your life to save someone elses. They prepare you for everything but you could very well lose your life by saving someone else. Also you need to have a very physical back ground, if you havent swam on a high school swim team or club swim team at a very high level then you are going to struggle, the same goes with running. You need to be able to run 10 miles and swim 2 miles straight without stopping. Rescue swimming is the type of job that you need to be born to do. If you aren't a strong swimmer or runner you won't even last the first day because they want to seperate the ones who's hearts are there and who's arent by giving you hell the first day, and its not like boot camp where it begins to get easier each day. It gets harder everyday, you need to ask yourself can my family and I really live with the fact that I could lose my life by saving someone elses? Because why you are prepared for everything it very well could happen. here go to this website and you can see what they really go through, go to all 4 videos, and please please understand its nothing like the Movie the guardian. http://www.coastguardchannel.com/24_7_vid/asc...
Trisia

West Kennebunk, ME

#11 Jul 31, 2007
hey, thanks for answering me. I want you to know that my heart is in it, I am willing to do whatever it takes, to help people. I am a fair swimmer and a fair runner, yes I admit I need some work, but I am prepared to do what ever it takes, like I said, im not the brightest kitten in the litter, but that only means i would work that much harder. I understand its not like the movie, beleive me I've been online on and off for a while now looking around and I have watched some very upsetting videos and heard some storys, but doesnt that mean something, that I still want to go through with it after learning such mind blowing facts about it? I havn't done swimming or running much in school because I'm homeschooled, I was in a sport that involved a lot of running before I left school, but that just means I have a lot to do. I'm semi fit, no one would ever think I could run 10 or swim 2 miles but I guess I'll just have to prove you all wrong now won't I? I am willing to risk my life if it means saving someone elses and I am willing to train myself harder and more then anyone. I have over a year to get in shape and beably to go way passed necesary to prove that this is my passion. I will watch these videos, but I tell you now they will not discoarage me one but. thank you Paul, I hope to hear back from you. ur friend,-Trisia
Trisia

West Kennebunk, ME

#12 Aug 1, 2007
I watched the videos, I understand how tough it can be, as much as I can without actually knowing, but I already started training myself a little and need some help. I need a routine, something to go by, like how many pushups, situps, jumping jacks, etc and like how long and far to walk or jog, same with swimming. Now I don't have a gyme or anything to go to,and I dont have any money right now, but im working on it. Please give me some advice on how to get in shape. Ur friend, -Trisia
Paul

Edmond, OK

#13 Aug 1, 2007
Trisia wrote:
I watched the videos, I understand how tough it can be, as much as I can without actually knowing, but I already started training myself a little and need some help. I need a routine, something to go by, like how many pushups, situps, jumping jacks, etc and like how long and far to walk or jog, same with swimming. Now I don't have a gyme or anything to go to,and I dont have any money right now, but im working on it. Please give me some advice on how to get in shape. Ur friend,-Trisia
Alright here are the requirements for AST school, by the end (which I suggest you be able to do before you go or alteast get close to them) you will need to be able to do these: Push-Ups 100 in under 2minutes, sit-ups 100 in under 2 minutes all of them have to be continous as well. I'm taking your a female so you need to be able to do 18 chin-ups, and run a mile and a half under 13 minutes. Trish I'm not trying to discourage you, if AST school is really what you want them I'm challenging you to go for it, do what it takes. I was just suggesting questions that were asked to me before I went into it, they are really quetions that you have to think about and accept. You know your going to have fear going into it, there is no question about it, but they teach you to defeat those fears, but your heart really has to be there. I'm not questioning your heart, but I had a class of 35 and by the 3rd week we were down to 12, then by graduation to 4. They really try to break you, with words, with PT, and in the classroom. There are going to be days you want to quit but you can't because your heart has to pull you. Believe me too, there isnt one person that enters the program that at some point wants to quit. But thats the point, if your on top of a mountain and you have to cling on for 4hrs or you are in high seas with 10 people to rescue you can't quit or give up. SO they break the ability to want to quit. If you want it badly enough, then work hard. As for a workout regime here is what I suggest:

If you can join a swim team do it because swim coaches know what they are doing and will build you the correct way. If not thats fine all you really need is a pool to swim in, and a track to run on. For swimming you need to get a kick board, swim about 1000 yards every two days and every two weeks add 1000 to that, until you build up to 6000 yards every two days. You want to do 50 sprint kick, 50 east kick then swim the same thing but sprint 100 then take it east 100. AS for running you want to do two things, run for enduarnce and strength, endurance part just go out run 3 miles and continue to do so until you can run 6 miles non stop. If you have to stop in that run dont take anymore than a minute walking then start atleast a slow jog again. For speed and strength you will want to run intervals around the track. Sprint a hole lap, then recover 2 mintues then take off again. DO this until you can run 10 laps with more ease. Dont do all this in one day, rotate what you do each day. But for the push-ups and sit ups do them everyday, start off when you wake up by doing 25push-ups, roll over do 25 sit-ups, then roll back over and repeat that once. Then do the same before you go to bed. Remember the first couple of weeks are the hardest, but stay strong. Let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions. I would wish you good luck, but in this you dont get luck you get what you earn through hard work!!!
James

Cockeysville, MD

#14 Aug 3, 2007
I'm 17 and ive been interested in the cost guard for few months but i wasnt sure what part is right for me.I was looking at rescue swimmer and I'm very interested in it but i was never on a swim team or anything like that.Is that going to hurt me alot in trying to become a rescue swimmer?
Paul

Edmond, OK

#15 Aug 4, 2007
James wrote:
I'm 17 and ive been interested in the cost guard for few months but i wasnt sure what part is right for me.I was looking at rescue swimmer and I'm very interested in it but i was never on a swim team or anything like that.Is that going to hurt me alot in trying to become a rescue swimmer?
You know you dont need to be a swim champ to make it through, it helps. But they'll teach you the basics of stroke teq and what not, but its up to you not to give up. No dount its going to be a little tougher for you not having a strong swim background but people have done it before, and swim champs have failed before too. Just work as hard as you can on your swimming up to AST school
James

Cockeysville, MD

#16 Aug 4, 2007
Ok thanks i read some of the things you wrote to Trisia on how to try to get prepared for it so im going to get as prepared as i can.thanks for the help.
Trisia

West Kennebunk, ME

#17 Aug 4, 2007
I've beens doing pushups and situps like crazy, but I cant do pull ups because I have no where to go. I may talk to my old school and see if I can make a plan once or twice a week to use their gym. I havee been able to do 30 pushups and 40 sit ups at one time and every day I try to add a couple to it, I also do crunches, differant lower stomach and leg excercises that my dad learned when he was in the military, and jumping jacks. I havnt been able to swim a lot yet cause I dont have a car, we only go once a week to a concert by the water, thats the only time I get to swim. As for running, I have always walked a lot and I'll probably start jogging and then gradually move to running, just to get comfortable with it. Thank you paul for helping me out. I have beenon a few differents sites about the coastguard, like one said I needed to beable to do 42 pushups in 2 minutes, 50 situps in 2 minutes, and swim 500 yard in 14minutes, run 1.5 miles in 12:45 time, etc. well talk to you later, your friend, -Trisia
Laura

Zanesville, OH

#18 Aug 5, 2007
I've also been thinking of becoming a rescue swimmer myself. But I have no idea how to get into the school or what the requirements are for joining the school. I'm going to be a freshman in college this fall and am pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Should I get the degree before joining or what? I'm also on my college's cross country and track teams (as well as top runner for my high school) so I have the running part down but not the swimming. If anybody has any info on becoming a rescue swimmer and would like to share, that would be great.
Paul

Edmond, OK

#19 Aug 5, 2007
Laura wrote:
I've also been thinking of becoming a rescue swimmer myself. But I have no idea how to get into the school or what the requirements are for joining the school. I'm going to be a freshman in college this fall and am pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Should I get the degree before joining or what? I'm also on my college's cross country and track teams (as well as top runner for my high school) so I have the running part down but not the swimming. If anybody has any info on becoming a rescue swimmer and would like to share, that would be great.
Best thing to do is talk to a recruiter. Look at it this way if you wait four years to join then you'll have your degree. If you join now then you can still have your degree in four years, a job with money saved up and the government will pay for all of your school. Just remember this about AST a-school, its the only non guarnteed school. There are all sorts of different things you need to do to make it to the A-school. You dont need to be a strong swimmer even though it would help. Its not about how fast you swim or run or even how far. You can say you aren't going to give up but they put you under extreme amounts of stress and your mind begins playing games with you. Not like you think it might, everyone wants to quit at sometime its just really if you are meant to hanle it or not. Take the ASVAB first, and talk to a recruiter thats their job not mine.
Laura

Zanesville, OH

#20 Aug 6, 2007
I took the ASVAB at my high school either my sophomore or junior year in high school, and I believe I got a 77 or 78. Do you happen to know if there is a certain score I need to get? Let me guess..I should just talk to a recruiter??:)

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