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    INTELLIGENCE SPECIALIST (IS)


    The intelligence specialist performs a wide range of duties associated with the collection, analysis, processing, and dissemination of intelligence in support of Coast Guard operational missions.

    Types of Duty:

    These specialists are stationed throughout the Coast Guard, with most typically located at the Intelligence Coordination Center, maritime intelligence fusion centers, cryptologic units and field intelligence support teams.

    The duties performed by an IS include: identifying and producing intelligence from raw information; assembling and analyzing multi-source operational intelligence; collecting and analyzing communication signals using sophisticated computer technology; providing input to and receiving data from multiple computerized intelligence systems; preparing and presenting intelligence briefings; preparing planning materials for operational missions, conducting mission debriefings, analyzing results, and preparing reports; preparing graphics, overlays, and photo/map composites; plotting imagery data using maps and charts; and maintaining intelligence databases, libraries and files.

    Training Available:

    You'll start your career with approximately 10 weeks of specialized training at IS 'A' School in Yorktown, Va. Upon completion of 'A' School, many intelligence specialists will receive additional intelligence training through specialized 'C' schools. Advanced education intelligence programs also are available. You'll have the opportunity to compete for fully-funded programs such as the masters of science in strategic intelligence.

    Qualifications:

    To be an IS, you must be a U.S. citizen and are required to maintain a "Top Secret" clearance and sensitive compartmented information eligibility. You also must have normal color vision and hearing.

    Related Civilian Jobs:

    Intelligence Analyst
    Intelligence Manager
    Intelligence Collector
    Counterintelligence Specialist
    Counterterrorism Specialist
    Joint Ops Coordination Centers


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    09 Jan 2010 02:47 AM
    I have already found a decent amount of general info about the IS rating. A couple of questions I still have: about how large are the class sizes for A school? Is the rating a 24 hour job that has multiple shifts (i.e. day shifts, night shifts, on call weekends, etc)?




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    I would guess, based on nothing more than an appreciation of how an organization's daily management cycle works, that a fair number of IS work the night shift getting the next day's daily intelligence summary presentation ready for the start of the day shift.




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    Class size is similar to other schools. Every Job in the Coast Guard is a 24/7 Job as we are always in a recall status. IS's can work any shift, or all shifts depending on the tasks at hand.
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    Thanks for input :)




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    I follow the companies at boot on http://www.uscgbootcamp.com and haven't seen anyone go directly to "A" School for IS (or other ratings). Why is that?




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    Because IS, along with most other ratings these days, is not offered as a guaranteed 'A' school.

    I think that reserves sometimes also go directly from boot to 'A' school but that may not be possible in the IS case.

    The latter is just supposition on my part, however.
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    Is the IS rating critical right now? I've read on some forums that it is, any idea?




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    It appears to be, based on the December 'A' School List. However, that list is only updated monthly and changes to the list of critical ratings are never more than a message away.

    However, simply because it's listed as critical does not mean that 'A' school can be guaranteed. Even if they wanted to, it might be hard to do in the IS case because of all of the background checks required.




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    Probably a stupid question, but how much does a person's credit score affect their clearance level? I have a record that is clean as a wistle, and nothing outstanding credit-wise, but my credit score is low. I had to short-sell a house after divorce, woo-hoo!


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    08 Feb 2010 04:17 AM
    how many afloat IS billets are there?
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    08 Feb 2010 04:46 PM
    not that many. the rating packet i was given in boot camp showed no afloat billets. there are, however, a small number of billets available on the larger cutters, such as the NSC (National Security Cutters). ive been told that the RFMC is wanting to add more afloat billets. So if that means I might be able to get to A school faster, so be it!!


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    09 Feb 2010 03:14 AM
    how long have you been waiting JBennett?
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    09 Feb 2010 11:53 PM
    im still trying to get my pre-nomination interview done so i can get put on the list


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    15 Feb 2010 11:01 PM
    I'm in the same boat as you, JBennett. I called the SSO a week ago, but still no reply. I blame the snow in DC.


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    15 Feb 2010 11:12 PM
    Parker, do you call them yourself or does your command? I wouldnt think they would take a call from a non-rate..


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    16 Feb 2010 02:47 PM
    I called them. With the help of my unit yeoman.


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    16 Feb 2010 06:51 PM
    Hmm...ok. I'll try that


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    17 May 2010 03:58 PM
    can a reserve go to IS "A" school?


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    28 May 2010 01:26 AM
    yes, that's actually one of the top reserve opportunities right now. along with mst and sk.


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    08 Jul 2010 11:59 AM
    Thanks for the info below.
    Where would I find history on the Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic?
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    08 Jul 2010 12:13 PM
    Qbee,

    I found this... it miht be a bit outdated but I just googled it really quickly. Someone else may have moer helpful information.

    http://www.docstoc.com/docs/626575/...ION-CENTER

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    08 Jul 2010 01:20 PM
    Thanks so much for your quick response.
    Is there information on the history of the IS A School at York Town? How did it got started?
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    08 Jul 2010 01:23 PM
    OOPS How did it get started?
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    23 Jul 2010 07:40 AM
    I'm new to researching this rating, what would a typical day be like as an IS. Meaning are you sitting behind a desk and computer analyzing information or out in the field any? Any information would help.
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    27 Jul 2010 01:55 PM
    IS' got started by ppl knowing the right ppl mostly the current master chiefs of the rate are to blame we already had officers in the intel field but didnt have a enlisted position that they could lead it just felt right and the people high up agreed and liked the idea
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    27 Jul 2010 01:57 PM
    IS's do alot of things just depends on where u work most coasties dnt even know what we do is a good rate if you plan on getting out very nice jobs once you get out having a clearance, experience and a lil schooling will take u far
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    03 Aug 2010 01:13 PM
    I was finally able to put my name to the "A" school list today! So I should be on the August list! Whoo! I'm so pumped!
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    19 Aug 2010 02:52 PM
    So the August A School list came out the other day. I'm #105...I will wait the 2 years if I have to, but man oh man, thats a long time to be a nonrate...almost 3 years...thats half my enlistment!
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    19 Aug 2010 03:59 PM
    You could always reenlist then it wont be half of your enlistment. lol
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    18 Sep 2010 07:20 PM
    Just hang in there, keep in mind that some people will change their mind and switch to another list, get into trouble and get removed from the list. Also, there might be a few where the clearance won't get granted (won't be able to be an IS). So with these, it will help you advacne up the list slightly quicker. You should be around a year and a half away from going (best case scenario & around 2 years for the worst case scenario). Good luck to you!
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    19 Sep 2010 08:14 PM
    Thanks for the encouragement Delta!
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    23 Sep 2010 03:24 PM

    Also, as soon as you get that letter to start your clearance process, you'll know that your 6-8 months away from going to school and the light at the end of the tunnel will start to appear.

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    23 Sep 2010 06:05 PM
    True that. But I still have to move about 70 more spots up the list for that to happen lol
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    26 Sep 2010 06:50 PM
    I read in the latest IS Force Notes, from CG Portal, that a fourth class for the IS A school was approved for FY11. So that means, about 80 IS students will graduate next year. Definitely good news for us that are on this looooong wait.
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    28 Sep 2010 03:19 PM
    Yes!! Mochi, what number are you on the list?
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    Posted By mochi on 26 Sep 2010 06:50 PM
    I read in the latest IS Force Notes, from CG Portal, that a fourth class for the IS A school was approved for FY11. So that means, about 80 IS students will graduate next year. Definitely good news for us that are on this looooong wait.


    The latest Force Notes I've seen are from April to June, and I've read that one. I don't recall seeing anything about a fourth class. I visited the portal today, and didn't see any newer ones.
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    30 Sep 2010 03:41 PM
    Here is some insight from an AD IS... His identity will remain anonymous. However, he is an excellent source of info. If you have any questions post them here, and I will forward them to him.

    "It's hard to say what the best and worst part of the job is. Because it really depends on what kind of things you are interested in. If you aren't interested in spending a lot of time inside in front of a computer this is a terrible job to consider. Depending on where an IS may be assigned they may never see the light of day until they get off from work. Some people might think that's a good thing."
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    01 Oct 2010 09:58 AM
    To Gears (to be forwarded): Where all have you been stationed as a IS? I sort of job shadowed an IS at District 7...I won't disclose on here what all I saw him do. Nothing top secret (otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go in) but I did need to have a Secret clearance to go in the room. Anyways, on the CG website, it says an IS can be stationed at cryptology units, air stations, sectors, distrcits, Fusion centers, and Intel. Coordination Center. In your experience, where would you want to go? As an IS3 right from A School? Thanks for your reply.
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    01 Oct 2010 12:16 PM
    Bennett,

    I forwarded your question to my work e-mail. When I get in on Monday I'll pass on your questions.
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    01 Oct 2010 02:20 PM
    At the most, IS's have only been to one or two units, since it only started as a rating on January 1, 2008. It would be tough to get a broad range of experience by asking only one person. It is also in your best interest to get the information from as many sources as possible, so that you can make a well informed decision.
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    01 Oct 2010 05:24 PM
    That's great advice Cooch, but I only know one IS. Finding him was like finding a needle in a stack of needles at the need factory in the needle capital of the world.
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    04 Oct 2010 10:18 AM
    From the IS...

    "I have been stationed at HQ as an IS. I was at MSU Morgan City LA as an IS1 also but that was while I was awaiting transfer. I'm hoping to score a Crypto Unit after I leave here because they work directly in support of the NSA."
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    04 Oct 2010 03:06 PM
    Posted By Gears on 04 Oct 2010 10:18 AM
    From the IS...

    "I have been stationed at HQ as an IS. I was at MSU Morgan City LA as an IS1 also but that was while I was awaiting transfer. I'm hoping to score a Crypto Unit after I leave here because they work directly in support of the NSA."


    I want to go to a crypto unit as well. I remember reading something about billets over in Colorado at like an air force base. Know anything about that?
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    07 Oct 2010 05:36 PM
    Hey GEARS, can you ask your IS friend a few questions for me?

    -what their long-term goals are as an IS, if they're looking to stay in the intelligence field if/when they get out.
    and if so,
    -if they are currently in the process or looking to get any type of degree to supplement their experience as an IS.

    -thanks a lot for being the relay man for us.

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    07 Oct 2010 09:49 PM
    It's no problem. I've been busier than usual at work this week, so I'll forward your questions as soon as I can. Hopefully, tomorrow...
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    11 Oct 2010 10:40 AM
    An IS1 had forwarded me the lastes Force Notes from July-Sept 2010. It had school news and mentioned the fourth class being added. I'll post the link when I get to work if it hasn't already been updated on the Portal. I'm number 96 .
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    17 Oct 2010 10:10 PM
    JBennett09 - A big part of being an IS is practicing OPSEC. That means not posting on the internet about billets you read about somewhere, likely in a FOUO pub.
    The same goes for "Gears" and their postings from the anonymous IS about what billets support which missions. This is not the place to have these discussions. Try the boards on CGcentral.
    I don't mean to be a jerk but CI threats are real and there are more secure places to have these discussions.

    Interesting that the anonymous IS only mentioned sitting in front of a computer all day. That makes us sound like glorified YNs! (just kidding YNs, we couldn't last a day without you)
    I honestly think we, as ISs, have the best, most interesting job in the CG. There is a lot of opportunity to do some really incredible things and make a huge difference working in this rate. The job of a CG intel analyst can more or less be summed up as processing lots of information quickly, organizing it (either mentally or in some type of report), and then telling decision makers why it's important. I can't think of another job in the CG that rewards intelligent, forward leaning, and ambitious petty officers more than being an IS.
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    18 Oct 2010 06:30 AM
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    I seriously doubt the IS1 I'm in touch with would pass anything on to me, which I told him would be passed on to CG prospects that would violate OPSEC. I'd like to see a reference regarding the fact that we can't pass on unit names and missions we've conducted at those units. If that's the case we'll need to secure all sea stories.

    If you want to discuss this further feel free to PM me with your global email address.

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    24 Nov 2010 12:03 AM
    This A school topic has been dead for awhile...so if any of you IS hopefuls/enthusiasts check this every couple days like I do, then you were probably excited to see there was a new post. Sorry to disappoint. The only thing I have to say is since the orders for the upcoming school convening in January was released recently, the November waiting list has been shortened. Therefore, I moved up 17 spots since the October release. Whoo hoo! If this FY has 80 students total, like it was talked about in the last Force Notes, I'll more than likely be the first class in FY2012. (I'm 85 right now...60 more spots open for this year) Just so you all know
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    24 Nov 2010 11:17 AM

    Thanks for breaking the ice, JBennett.

    I'm glad you're jumping up the list - You'll be at school in no time.
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    25 Nov 2010 01:32 AM
    For anyone here that is an IS or knows about it, would you recommend it? I mean, I love the intelligence side and it all sounds really awesome, but I'm thinking that if I'm going to be enlisted in the CG I'm going to want to see the water and have the experience of being a part of the operational side. I have a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and was originally looking at ME, but then I read up on IS and it sounds really interesting. I guess I just don't want to be behind a desk doing office work for a career, I'm far too active and adventurous for that.
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    27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
    I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
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    27 Nov 2010 08:33 PM

    Something I saw on Ebay...

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    I thought IS types might like ths one.

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    29 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
    Posted By JBennett09 on 27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
    I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
    Thank you for the info! It also seems to me that if I ever choose to pursue a career outside of the CG then the job opportunities are much greater after being an IS with a top secret clearance. Although, I'm definately looking at the CG as a long term career.

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    Posted By New Guardian on 29 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
    Posted By JBennett09 on 27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
    I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
    Thank you for the info! It also seems to me that if I ever choose to pursue a career outside of the CG then the job opportunities are much greater after being an IS with a top secret clearance. Although, I'm definately looking at the CG as a long term career.



    Yeah, IS is definately the rate to go if you are looking for high paying careers outside the CG.
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    How does reservist to IS A-School work? I really want to join the reserves but I want to get into intelligence and IS is the rating that interests me.  On the A-School list the next IS a-school class is showing as 15 active duty and 0 reservists.

    Will I be drilling at my unit as a non-rate and wait the next open a-school opportunity? Or can you get a guaranteed a-school for IS as a reservist? I know you need a top secret clearance

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    Anybody have any insight as to what an IS at a FIST might do on a daily basis?
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    JBennett,

    A shipmate of mine is up in the 40s on the IS list...where did you see in the force notes that they will be taking 80ppl this FY? I told him that and we opened up the IS Force Notes and didn't see it. Maybe he skimmed it too quick.

    Thanks in advance.
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    The September Force Notes...its on the CG Portal. Its under the RFMC page under IS...I know what you mean though because I saw it there one day and a few days later I went back to look at it again and it was gone...lol. Weird, I know. I haven't checked back recently. But I did read that a fourth class for FY'11 had been approved, which means if the class sizes remain the same at 15 AD and 5 Reservists, that puts 80 ppl for this FY.
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    The FIST teams no longer exist.
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    It is actually 15 A.D. and 5 reservists for a total of 20 ppl/class. If there aren't enough reservists to fill the 5 slots, the remaining slots are filled with A.D.
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    Posted By JBennett09 on 30 Nov 2010 02:44 PM
    The FIST teams no longer exist.


    I see.  So were they replaced by anything?  Or are the IS billets now exclusively at Intelligence Fusion Centers, the JICC, and the new cutters?

    Also, on a side note:  I read once in an article that the OS rating was getting wings to go up into the C-130 and do intelligence collecting.  Will this job be taken over by IS?   I think it'd be nice to get my wings as an IS if it's a possibility at some point.
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    I'm not sure what they did with those billets. My guess is the same as yours. Yes, there are IS billets at air stations. If I'm not mistaken, it is independent duty. I think it would be pretty sweet to be at an air station...I'm sure those jobs will be hard to get.
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    Since IS does not require the 4 month wait to get put on the A School list, how would I go about getting my name on the list asap?
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    i will tell you now if you want to be an IS you better start working on running atleast a 10k before you get to yorktown
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    Posted By southern118 on 10 Dec 2010 04:20 PM
    i will tell you now if you want to be an IS you better start working on running atleast a 10k before you get to yorktown


    With at least a 2 year wait, I'll be ready for that no problem
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    But seriously...how do I get my name on that list?
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    are you already in the Coast Guard?
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    No, I ship Jan 18. I was just wondering so I don't wait any longer to get the name on the list than I have to. I'm taking it I'll get the option during or right after boot?
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    it will be after you report to your first unit. You will talk to your supervisor about your goals and then go from there. After you get your first unit post up if they wont help you in the general section or PM me and i will help you through it. But for now worry about what is important getting through boot camp
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    #81 on the December school list...I moved up 4 spots this last month...total of 24 spots since I put my name on the list back in august...I'm slowly getting there..
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    #67 this month....getting there...
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    Bennet, have you already received your TSS Clearance? It looks like everyone on the list is waiting for their clearance. I'm wondering if you get you clearance, do you skip those with their clearance still pending?
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    Posted By highsurf1982 on 17 Feb 2011 04:05 PM
    Bennet, have you already received your TSS Clearance? It looks like everyone on the list is waiting for their clearance. I'm wondering if you get you clearance, do you skip those with their clearance still pending?

    No, I won't have the opportunity to get it until I am like six months from going to school.
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    It looks like the active duty folks have a good wait for A School.  Do reservists get put on the same waiting list or does it move quicker?  Do people who are already petty officers in another rate still move to the front of the line?

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    I have a question for anybody who can answer it. I am trying to get on the list for IS, have already had my interview for my background check which will actually be done very soon, my question though is being that it is basically done, won't that mean that I'll be on the list with no holds and that I could be leaving for A school soon? The next class is in may...if I get my name on the list by then is it possible I could be getting orders for that class?

    Thanks for the help, 

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    You put in a request through the chain of command when you get to your first unit.
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    I found this website from the Tracen yorktown homepage and felt compelled to post.

    1. IS's make it a practice NOT to ADVERTISE their clearances as should all CG members. This is a .org site and if you really believe that Americas adversary's are not reading these boards then IS is not for you. There is a counter intelligence threat out there and we all have to practice OPSEC.

    2. If anyone is interested in the IS rate they can visit the rating force master chief's CG Portal page on the CG Intranet and quite a few senior IS's with alot of experience can assist with any questions or concerns about the rating.

    3. If you want to talk to a live person feel free to call the schoolhouse, any of the instructors here are more than happy to help you out with possible career decisions. We would rather take the phone call than to have someone learn about the rate from someone who was told by a friend who read about it from a so called IS online.
     
    Reach out to the school house or the RFMC website that's what we are here for.

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    Thanks ISC. People what we do is not to be discussed in a public forum.
    I created a discussion forum on the IS CG Portal site. Use it vice this forum.

    (CG Intranet only)
    https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/intelligence-specialist-rating-force-master-chief/is-discussion-forums

    To answer the one question I get alot though, you will not skip over anybody just because you have your clearance. The SEC will stay by everyones name until they are within a certain window for orders.
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    Is anyone familiar with the IS process for incoming reservists?  I am pretty clear on the active duty side because I was active duty but I am not clear on the process for becoming an IS as a reserve.  Since I would not be at a unit full time, would I get A school orders for IS before coming back into the CG?  When would the security clearance interview be done, before or after coming back in?  If someone could just give me an overview of what the process is like for getting into IS A school as a reservist I would be greatful.

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    You will need to contact a recruiter first. If you are accepted into the CG reserve, you can request to attend IS "A" school providing you meet the requirements. Your recruiter can give these to you. The clearance process will start prior to your being able to be placed on the waiting list.

    Members applying for Intelligence Specialist (IS) Class “A” school must have a favorably adjudicated NACLC to be placed on the IS "A" school waiting list. Approximately 120 days from scheduled class convening date, CG PSC-epm-2 will notify the command as well as SECCEN with authorization for the member to start their Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) for a Top Secret clearance. An SCI pre-nomination interview shall be conducted to determine whether or not member’s chances for SCI eligibility are favorable. If interview results are favorable, member shall mail a completed SF-86 SSBI (security clearance package) to the Security Center (SECCEN) via the District Security Manager.
    On the CG-5588 form, block 24, the words "IS "A" school applicant" must be entered. On each Intelligence Specialist “A” school application, the command must certify completion of favorable SCI pre-nomination interview and that the security package was mailed to SECCEN. The following statement must accompany each application: “This command certifies that member is a U.S. Citizen and SSBI security package was mailed to SECCEN on (date).” If this statement is not received, the member will be placed on a security (SEC) hold until the command can certify completion. Member must have a favorably adjudicated SSBI to attend IS "A" School. Waivers for security clearances will not be granted.
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    Thank you for the information ISCM Paul. I'm a newbie, what does NACLC mean? 
    Thanks!

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    NACLC - This is done for all Secret clearances. National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check
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    ISCM Paul-

    Thanks for the info. When my recruiter calls to notify me if I have been accepted in the CG or not, is that when she will tell me that my NACLC came back favorable and I'm still eligible for IS consideration?  I have more questions but for now, I will wait to ask. If it's no trouble, would you be ok if I asked you directly off this forum? I understand this is not the appropriate venue to discuss this rating.

    Thanks!

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    Master Chief,

    Thanks for the good info.  Is this process the same for reservists?  I understand how this works for the active duty side, you get out of cape may, go to your first unit, then put your name on the list..  I understand as a reservist I should have my rating and school lined up before even leaving for cape may. 

     

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    doublelucky-

    I am trying to get in on the reserve side. My recruiter explained that the rating and school will be guaranteed before leaving for boot camp. At boot camp, we will find out the unit assigned to us. I have 3 possible units in my area, so it will be interesting to see what I get. Do you have a ship date?
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    cb1918-  no, I am still waiting to see if I can be readmitted back into the cg reserve with my old rate/paygrade.  If I am told I have to go to A school for my old rate I am going to make a rate change.  So far I know I will be going to DEPOT training but unsure about if I will be entering as an E4 because of my prior service.  So, since you have your rate/A school figured out before you leave for basic, surely the units available for IS have to be more limited than say BM or MK.  Will you be reporting to an IS billet as a non-rate until you go to A school?  Or will you just be sent to any unit in a non-rate position until you go to A school, then after school report to an IS unit?  I am just trying to figure out if non-rates go to IS billets even before they go to A school.  Also, when will you be getting your security clearance considering you have to be cleared before becoming an IS.  does this occur for you even leave for school since you are in the reserves and will be going to a definite A school?
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    Hi double! I will PM you 
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    Here are the Intelligence Specialist requirements/procedures followed by a few FAQ's.

    Qualifications:

    · Must be a US citizen

    · Must  have normal color  vision

    · Must have normal  hearing

    · ASVAB Score: AR+VE = 109

    · Must be eligible for a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)  eligibility.

    Note: While not a qualification, persons with

    language skills (primarily Spanish) are highly desirable.

     

    1. Meet all qualification requirements for IS rating.

    2.

     Complete following security clearance procedures:

    a.  Member: Initiate  request for IS “A” School through Chain of Command.

    b.  Upon receipt of request, command should ensure:

    ·                Member is a US Citizen

    ·                Member has a favorable command endorsement

    ·                Member holds a Secret or clearance issued by the   

        CG Security Center (SECCEN)

    ·                Local records check is completed and the
                            appropriate box annotated (to include member’s
                            medical record and personnel record).

                    Command Security Officer (CSO)  has verified
                    member meets security clearance requirements
                    and has completed IS “A” School Security
                    Checklist and Routing Sheet (checklist located
                    on IS “A” School website).  
                  
    http://cgweb.tcyorktown.uscg.mil/In...school.asp

    ·               Forward completed checklist to PSC-epm (or rpm) 
             via respective CG Headquarters (HQ) Special
             Security Office (SSO) or Special Security
             Representative (SSR) identified in checklist.

    c. Security office (SSO or SSR). Upon receipt of

    checklist from members command, security office shall initiate SCI Pre-nomination interview.  If SCI interview results are:  

    · Favorable - Checklist shall be forwarded to
       PSC-epm/rpm with a copy sent to IS “A”
       School.

    · Not favorable - IS RFMC shall be notified. 
         (IS RFMC will confer with SECCEN and
         appropriate security office to make a final
         determination as to whether member will be
         allowed to proceed with IS “A” School request.

    d.   PSC-epm/rpm.  Upon receipt of checklist from security office, PSC shall place member on “A” School
    Waiting List.


    Once expected wait time to attend IS “A” School is within 120 days, member will be issued orders and will be directed to submit a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) to SECCEN via E-quip for a Top Secret clearance with SCI (TS/SCI) eligibility.  Member must have a Final Top Secret /SCI clearance to attend IS “A” school.  No waivers.


    -There is not a guaranteed IS "A" school for active duty personnel. The current wait for active duty personnel once they are placed on the list is approx 24 mos.
    Once you are in the Coast Guard, you can access more information on my CG Portal web site. This is only available on the Coast Guard network.
    I do not visit this site very often, so be patient if you ask a question.
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    I have an "A" school question about IS. I'm going to be in the split training program, so I can stay in college. But, for this degree I'll have to spend my second and third year of college in summer school. Could I do my coast guard "A" school training the first and fourth summers? Or is it possible to finish it in one summer?
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    IS "A" school is 14 weeks long and you have to attend all 14 weeks. There are no split classes.
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    On the April A School List, there is a (2) next to the January 2012 class. Does this mean it is a double class?
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    Hay would an BS in Computer security Systems with specialization in Computer forensics and a MS in Computer forensics be able to exceed the qualifications, I've got no prior military service but ive got multiple certifications when it comes to digital security and assurance. Also im looking for a reserve position (Most preferably in the NYC area) in the USCG as i plan to continue on to Law school later on. By the way if apply for an Direct commissioning officer program would i be able to attain a rating in IS and/or what enlistee programs are available

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    First and foremost, do not start rumors.

    If you did not hear it from me or the ISCM at Yorktown, it is garbage.
    I am pretty sure that a non IS out in the field is not remotely qualified to answer questions about our rating. It has been posted on here several times that I have a CG Portal site for the IS Rating. Use it.

    Funding has nothing to do with IS "A" school throughput.

    The school also does all of the "C" schools for intel and must make room for them.

    Secondly, having a degree does not get you ahead of anyone on the list. From what I have seen, almost every class has about 50% of the students with at least an Associates Degree.

    Having a clearance will not move you ahead of anyone. The hold is there to control the number of clearance requests that get sent in. When you are 4-6 months from recieving orders, you and your command will get notificaction to start the clearance process.

    Talk to the recruiters. They get paid to answer your questions if you are not already in the CG. They can call me if they need more information.
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    I am very interested in the IS rating and I meet all the requirements.

    I am curious to what kind of work one can find with IS training once they're out of the military. Does anyone know of a former IS who work for a government intelligence agency (NSA, DHS, CIA, etc) or if there are any private sector opportunities for those with IS training?
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    I have just been accepted for my IS Reserve position!! Very excited..time is going to fly by now!!!
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    I spoke with a recruiter today regarding my interest in the IS rating. I have a college degree and was instructed I will come in the CG as a E-3. Once I complete boot camp, and move to my first billet how long do I have to wait before I can place my name on the list for IS A school? Also, do any of you know how long the current wait is for IS A school?

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    Here is the link to the A School list. IS looks currently to be at a 24 month wait for A School. There are currently 132 people on the list for that particular school. You will be required to wait the 4 months to get qualified before you can put your name on the list. If your quals take longer, you wait longer. It is a pretty good incentive to getting those qualifications completed.

    http://www.uscg.mil/psc/epm/docs/A-SchoolList.pdf

    Feel free to keep a check on that list, it is published on or about the 15th of every month. Sometimes there are dramatic changes to things, sometimes it stays pretty even keel.
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    fyi the wait for IS a-school is projected to be 4-6 years (according to EPM).

    Long wait but choose your rate choose your fate. I know im waiting

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    I just checked the 3/15 A school list ; it says 'more than 36 months' . Extrapolating that to 4-6 years seems a stretch to me.
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    Posted By KD on 25 Mar 2012 08:17 PM
    I just checked the 3/15 A school list ; it says 'more than 36 months' . Extrapolating that to 4-6 years seems a stretch to me.

    I didn't extrapolate anything from the more than 36 month wait according to the A-school list. My command was directly told by the A-School assignment officer when I was putting my name on the list that the wait might very well be 4-6 years and to plan accordingly
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    Posted By iking3i on 08 Dec 2011 11:25 AM
    I have just been accepted for my IS Reserve position!! Very excited..time is going to fly by now!!!

    I know this post is old, but hopefully you still check the boards or someone else can help me out.

    I'm planning to go reserves and IS is an option in my area. I'm wondering how long it typically takes to actually get to boot camp if you want to go IS, though. Since you have to have A School set up before you go, do you have to wait until your Top Secret clearance is good before you can even go to boot?

    (Speaking to my recruiter in a couple weeks, but like most I hate to wait til then to try to have some of my questions answered)
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    Unless you are reserve, or maybe (maybe!) going FS, you will not have a guaranteed A school. You will arrive at your first unit as a non-rate and wait 4 months minimum, or until your basic qualifications are finishes AND your command says so, before putting your name on an A school wait list. Then your waiting time will begin.

    You will not go to A school without the proper clearance ;you can often begin to get the background investigation rolling before your name is on the wait list but not before going to bc. That bg check is quite basic.
    If you have your heart set on a rate, don't be put off by the wait time. Lots of things can happen to change the length of a wait list. You have to be somewhere in the meantime anyway, and there are worse things than getting paid to wait for what you want.

    And uscg andrew, thank you for the more complete information.
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    Posted By KD on 29 Mar 2012 10:20 AM
    Unless you are reserve, or maybe (maybe!) going FS, you will not have a guaranteed A school. You will arrive at your first unit as a non-rate and wait 4 months minimum, or until your basic qualifications are finishes AND your command says so, before putting your name on an A school wait list. Then your waiting time will begin.

    You will not go to A school without the proper clearance ;you can often begin to get the background investigation rolling before your name is on the wait list but not before going to bc. That bg check is quite basic.
    If you have your heart set on a rate, don't be put off by the wait time. Lots of things can happen to change the length of a wait list. You have to be somewhere in the meantime anyway, and there are worse things than getting paid to wait for what you want.

    And uscg andrew, thank you for the more complete information.
    Thanks for the response. I am going reserve, not active, which is why I was trying to figure out how the timing works with the clearance. I know I wouldn't start A School w/out the clearance, but was trying to figure out if I could even go to boot w/out the clearance since an A school date would have to already be set for me.
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    In that case, your recruiter is your only real source of info. The paperwork for a TS is daunting and time-consuming. Ask for direction.

    Once you have started the process, though, keep track of what you have submitted and when, and follow up. Keep copies of everything. Stuff can get lost, and reinventing wheels just slows things down.
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    Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

    Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

    Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.
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    I don't have the answers to particulars like that, ebee, sorry! :/

    There used to be some much more knowledgable individuals monitoring this thread, though. Have you read all the way back through?
    It is also good to ask for help finding a real, live IS to ask questions. They can be hard to find though! Again, ask your recruiter for help.

    Stick to it if it really interests you.
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    Posted By ebee on 02 Apr 2012 08:21 AM
    Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

    Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

    Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.

    There is opportunities for IS's to leave desk positions and go elsewhere, lets just say that.
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    Posted By uscgandrew on 07 Apr 2012 01:11 PM
    Posted By ebee on 02 Apr 2012 08:21 AM
    Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

    Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

    Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.

    There is opportunities for IS's to leave desk positions and go elsewhere, lets just say that.

    Thanks. I know people probably really can't say much  Will chat with the recruiter next week.
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    I will be going off to A School in Yorktown this May and wanted to know what is the day to day schedule like. What time do you report, how long is the work day, exercise, do you get night and weekends to your self. I will be doing the IS school.
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    Day starts out with PT. We did PT 4 days a week, but the PT program for you will be different. We were the last class to do PT the IS A school way. The day ends anywhere between 1600-1615, however, you can stay longer for study hall. Nights and weekends you will get to yourself unless you're on duty.
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    I was reading that IS A school is 21 days but the USCG site says training takes 17 weeks. Do they move you from A school to C school right away? Anyone gone through the program?
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    Typical answer: it depends. Some students stay for a C school right after finishing A school...some don't. Depends on their orders and next assignment. Know that's not really helpful...but there it is.
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    +1 KD

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    Oddly enough I live within 5 minutes from the training center in Yorktown. I understand there will be restrictions and uncontrollable factors, however is there a possibility that I may be allowed to commute to and from my house during A school? (I'm married with kids if that changes anything).


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    You said wife and kids, which means more than one child. Are you joining the reserves? If not, you will be over the dependent limit for active duty, unless you have prior military service and were already in intelligence in your previous service.

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    Reserves.
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    Understood. I don't think it would be an issue. You would have to stay on base for duty nights though.
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    To back Cooch, there is a member in my class that lives just outside the base with his wife and kids. He heads out every evening after class.
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    Does anyone know where I can find a video or more info on this rating. youtube does not have an info video on the IS rating and I would like to knew more.
    Additionally, where can I find rates and ASVAB scores need for rates?
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    It will be very difficult to find more info than what is on the GoCoastGuard site. There is a reason it is lovingly called "Secret Squirrel". The great majority of it cannot be discussed in open forum areas. I suggest you find an actual IS and ask questions face to face. What can be discussed, will be. What can't, won't. Then please, I hope this goes without saying, don't repeat it here. There is enough here to give a smattering of an idea... it is just one of those that those in the know, know. Those that don't have a need, will never know. Myself included. I would love to know but I don't have a need to know so I am satisfied with that.
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    Go back a page, and you will find an April post from RFMC Paul with the complete list of requirements.  That's as knowledgeable as it gets.  
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    I heard through the grapevine today that they are talking about combining OS and IS rates in the near future. Has anyone heard anything about this or know if it has any truth behind it. I have been on the IS A school list for over a year now and just want to make sure Im not wasting my time. The current wait is over 46 months while the OS wait is only 9-12. Thank you to anyone with info.
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    From time to time throughout your career, you will hear rumors like this one. As a Storekeeper, ie heard several times that we were going to be combined with the Yeoman. MKs were rumored to be combining with EMs at one point as well. Until you see it in the force notes, I wouldn't give it too much thought. ISs are stationed in much different places, and have a drastically different job than OSs, that is why they created the job a few years ago. I highly doubt they would do away with it this quickly.
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    I currently work for a police department on the East Coast and I'm looking to enlist in the CG Reserves after completing my probationary period. I was curious about the Intelligence Specialist rating. Are there a decent amount of opportunities for IS3's to go to schools and get promoted? Or are such opportunities few and far between in this rating? A little background on me, I've got a bachelor's degree and I know some Spanish. I plan on becoming fluent within the next year. I'm very interested in IS but I also want to be in a rating where there is room for advancement. Any input from some of the Coasties on here would be excellent, thanks in advance. 
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    Just wondering if anyone knows whether or not the RFMC still maintains an IS forum in the CGPortal? I know there used to be one before they changed it, now I can't seem to find a link to a forum. I'm assuming they did away with it, but maybe I'm just over looking it somehow?
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    How do the working hours go for IS? If you're on shore is it a 9 to 5 sort of thing or is it shift schedule?
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    Has anyone heard anyhting in regards to A School quotas for the next few years? The latest force notes hasn't been released so I was wondering if anyone had overheard something or read anything.

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    I just have a question about obtaining a Top Secret Security Clearance. After I graduate Boot Camp, I'll be an E-3. I know there is a four month waiting time to apply to A School for all recent graduates. However, if you want to enter an A School which requires a TSS (like IS) can you start the clearance process and interviews right away or can you only start once the four months is up?
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    Is this a rate that is mostly ashore, working in an office? or is there a chance to be in the field, getting weapons training, tactical boat crew, boardings, etc.? time on a cutter?
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    No, this isn't the rating for those frontline roles. The only IS rate that has a billet afloat is IS1, on the NSCs. Those roles you mentioned are primarily done by JOs, MEs, BMs, GMs and MKs.

    For some OPS we had a TDY IS1 come and stand duty with their equipment in CIC on the 210' to aid in the mission.  They did a lot of admin work with FIR drafting and briefing the operational folks.  You can expect to be ashore at large units (MIFC LANT/PAC, District, Sectors, etc.) for most of your career as an IS.
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    Actually there are IS cutter billets opening up. In addition to the NSCs, ISs are starting to take over other billets on the WMECs I believe. They're trying to transition from TDY opportunities to full time IS billets.
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    IS on a cutter would be awesome, my worry is that I'll go IS and never get the chance to be on a cutter for anything more than the chance TDY and will always be on shore behind a desk.

    I read that an IS can be stationed at an Air Station, how common is it for an IS to get AirCrew? and can someone give me an idea of what an IS would do on a USCG airframe? 
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    I've only met one IS - he was TDY on my 378 - and I'm pretty sure he would say sitting at a desk in CIC isn't really that much different than sitting at a desk at Sector. That's not to say there are not differences, but a desk job is a desk job. If you don't want a desk job, don't get a desk job.
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    Hello all, I'm interested in becoming an IS reservist and would like to talk to someone who knows about this rate. Mostly I would like to know if there are opportunities for reservists to get some active duty experience and get further training/education in the rate.
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    Tri - It's going to be MORE likely to get on a cutter as your billet, but not a guarantee.
    No, you're probably not going to get Air Crew as an IS. From what I've been told, and IS at an Air Sta is basically just there to give Intel briefs to the flight crews on a periodic basis or before they deploy.

    ebee - that's basically what I hear too, but I haven't been on my first deployment yet.

    Btown - There are a few. There are two reservists at my current unit that are doing an extended tour here where they are in watch rotation with us.
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    More likely to go on a cutter as an IS? Im hoping to get on one for at least one tour in my career, but IS looks like the way to go so far.. I just don't want to miss out on the cutter experience
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    Well, more likely than it used to be, just because they're starting to shift from TDY cutter tours to actual IS underway billets.
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    That would be amazing, may have just made my rate decision that much easier!
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    Hello!

    I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
    I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 

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    Posted By CG_Shelton on 16 Dec 2015 10:26 PM
    Hello!

    I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
    I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 



    So why would you not pass your SSBI, if you have none of these red flags?
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    I'm not sure I understand what the concern is. You are saying you basically have zero red flags but are concerned you won't get the proper clearance. What skeleton could you possibly have that would stop you? Also, if what you want is one thing why settle for a second thing?? If you at least try and something happens so that you can't get the first thing, you tried. If you settle, you'll always wonder. Never settle.
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    Posted By CG_Shelton on 16 Dec 2015 10:26 PM
    Hello!

    I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
    I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 


    While I can't help you with anything USCG specific, I have held a TS/SCI since 1986, so let me address your concerns.

    If you have no red flags, you don't have to worry. Worry more about the long backlog in getting clearances. My son got a job requiring a clearance at the age of 18. When he filled out his e-QIP, they told him to provide info in each section just back to his 18th birthday (except the Education section). He provided a complete e-QIP last August. 

    In February of this year, they finally contacted him and asked him for some amplifying data (exact street addresses for some contacts). That's right. Six months before they even looked at his package. Here we are in March, and finally the investigator has contacted him and some contacts on his SF-86 to set up interviews. After the investigator is done, it'll still be many months until the SSBI is complete. 

    WRT the e-QIP (SF-86, same thing), the important thing is to NOT lie about anything. Tried pot? Put it on there. Drank beer at a party while under age? Put it on there. If you state that you've never tried marijuana, then the investigator talks to one of your friends and that "friend" tells all about the great party he went to with you where you guys got stoned, well then you've proven you can't be trusted to tell the truth. Why would Uncle Sam take a chance that you'd protect the nation's secrets?

    And before you think that your friends wouldn't snitch on you, look at it from their POV. They have some government official show up at their door, flash a badge, explain what they're doing and that everything they tell them will be put in a report, cross-checked and scrutinized. Add to that the fact the investigator may (and oftentimes will) ask that person, "Anyone else in this neighborhood/building/city who knows Mr. CG_Shelton whom I can talk to?" And then all of a sudden, your investigator is talking to someone else who knows you and maybe you didn't want to put on your e-QIP for some reason or other.

    You will be asked about your patriotism. Well, if you want to serve your country, you probably already agree with the things that make our country great, e.g. The Constitution, right?  (Know that your enlistment oath will state that you'll defend that document and all it stands for to the death, so if you haven't read it yet or in a long time, might be worth taking a look.) 

    BL: Fill out your security clearance paperwork fully and honestly. It's not the end of the world if you forget something. I've pointed out to investigators at my 5-year reinvestigations, "Oh crap, when I went on that trip to the UK, we also stopped over in Ireland. I forgot to list Ireland on my sheet" and, like I've said, I've held one for almost 30 years now. (Granted, if you say, "Yeah, I forgot to mention that while I was an exchange student in Azerbaijan I stopped over in Tehran really quickly to check out the sites," you probably won't get a clearance.)
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    Does anyone know if Intelligence Specialists get to go underway? At least TAD, maybe even a full tour?
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    Posted By Servire on 23 Apr 2016 07:17 PM
    Does anyone know if Intelligence Specialists get to go underway? At least TAD, maybe even a full tour?

    This question was answered already. Look at the post of 24 May 2015 by thestormiscoming
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    Just have a quick question regarding IS. How realistic is it to get accepted into? I see that the requirements on the ASVAB is AR + VB= 109 and Top Secret Clearance. I am 24 years old and currently finishing up my master's degree in administration of justice with a concentration in homeland security.  How competitive? 

    Just trying to find out realistic careers and opportunities before enlisting. 

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    Posted By mbons36320 on 27 Oct 2016 06:11 AM
    Just have a quick question regarding IS. How realistic is it to get accepted into? I see that the requirements on the ASVAB is AR + VB= 109 and Top Secret Clearance. I am 24 years old and currently finishing up my master's degree in administration of justice with a concentration in homeland security.  How competitive? 

    Just trying to find out realistic careers and opportunities before enlisting. 

    Thanks for your help,   


    There's no competition involved in rating selection. As long as you have the requsite ASVAB and get your Command endorsement, you can put your name on the A School list, just like any other rating
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    so i am currently active duty navy in my process to transfer to the coast guard active duty. I am trying to go to DEPOT and come into the IS field. I guess my question here is do you think that there is any prior service benefits as far as being put on the list for the A-school. If not what is the average waiting time frame to begin schooling? What would you do until actually class up?
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    If you are entering depot and going to your first unit as an E-3, I do not believe you will receive any preferential treatment and get bumped above people who have been waiting on the list. Right now the average wait time is 18 months from the signature date of your name getting on school After boot camp. You will be at your first unit for 4 months before you can put your name on a list. While waiting you will be working at your first unit doing whatever they need. You'll be spending time getting qualified in doing whatever job they need, and then working until you get your orders for "A" school.
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    so even if i go thru direct entry petty officer training i will still come in as an e-3?  That doesnt sound like it makes much sense but i guess thats the military for you.  As far as the unit thing goes the schooling for IS is in yorktown still will i be attached to a unit in yorktown waiting or could i be elsewhere?
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    What pay grade did your recruiter say you would come in as? Did he say you would lateral over to IS?
    If he did not, then you will have to go through the same process as everybody else after boot camp. If that is the case, you could be sent to any unit in the Coast Guard.
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    i was told id come in as an e-4 but i dont believe i can go laterally beings i am an hn in the navy and never had experience. I know with the navy you got sent to the location of your school and worked there until it was time to go to school. My biggest issue is im already in yorktown and cant comprehend moving my family only to move them back here.
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    Is the intelligence field work here like  field investigative work, being something that can be translated  to federal law enforcement such as the  FBI, DEA being similar to the human intelligence collector in other branches or is it more of an analyst job of being behind the desk?
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    There's no need to double post. Be patient, and someone will answer.
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    10 Feb 2018 10:31 AM
    I am prior service Navy about to sign my enlistment into the Coast Guard soon and am really passionate about the IS rating (also got a 93 on my ASVAB). Is it possible for me to get the rating guaranteed to me before signing my contract or would I be required to wait in the wings as a nonrated first? If so, how long would I expect to wait(time spent between finishing boot camp and reporting to A-school in Yorktown)?
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    10 Feb 2018 04:33 PM
    You have to wait like most rates. Expect to wait a year to two years after you get to your first unit to the time you head to Yorktown.
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    29 Aug 2018 08:58 AM
    Do they generally go home most nights?
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    24 Dec 2018 01:50 PM
    Once you complete A-school, how do you select your choice of duty station? Does it happen like at boot camp where you list your preferred Districts on a dream sheet or is it based on your class ranking and station availability?
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    21 Mar 2019 09:27 PM
    Hello,

    I am an E3 waiting for IS A school and working on my TS clearance. I shadowed an IS at a sector and I like it. I heard IS are stationed on Large size cutters, Intel centers, and air stations. Is there someone who can share his/her experience stationed there?


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