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    MARINE SCIENCE TECHNICIAN (MST)


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    As an MST, your job will change with the operational tempo set by the extensive number of missions you will respond to throughout your career in the USCG. From protecting U.S. waters from aquatic nuisance species to supervising pollution and hazardous material responses, an MST plays the essential role of enforcing regulations for the safety of the marine environment and the security of the port.

    As a domestic vessel examiner, an MST may conduct commercial fishing vessel examinations; inspect barges, cargo ships, passenger vessels and liquefied gas-carrying vessels for compliance with U.S. laws; and conduct investigations on marine casualties, Merchant Mariner's license infringements and pollution incidents.

    As a port state control officer, an MST conducts vessel boardings to ensure compliance with applicable domestic laws and international treaties by checking structural and stability conditions; by verifying appropriate electrical, fire safety, lifesaving, mechanical and navigation systems; and by examining living conditions for crew members on foreign-flagged vessels.

    On the waterfront, an MST will conduct harbor patrols and container inspections. An MST also will assist with and conduct facility inspections to ensure facilities have the proper equipment and capabilities to meet any environmental response.

    As an MST, your ability to plan makes you an invaluable asset to the setup and exercise planning of any incident command system for response to anything from local, port-security threats to natural disasters with nationwide impact.

    In the maritime security role, an MST will enforce security requirements at waterfront facilities; and on domestic and foreign flag vessels. MSTs identify the actions required to respond to current and future security threats and concerns involving the maritime transportation system.

    Types of Duty:

    MSTs are stationed at Sectors and Marine Safety Units that respond to oil and chemical spills. MSTs conduct security boardings and inspections of waterfront facilities.

    Training Available:

    You'll begin your career with 8-weeks of intensive specialized training at MST 'A' School in Yorktown, Va., which provides an introduction into the MST rating force and the foundational skills needed to investigate oil and hazardous-material pollution incidents; supervise pollution cleanup operations; perform waterfront facility and security inspections; and conduct safety and security boardings on foreign-registered vessels coming into the territorial waters of the United States.

    Qualifications:

    Must be people-oriented
    Strong attention-to-detail attributes
    Highly flexible and consistent
    Training and experience in environmental sciences is helpful
    Related Civilian Jobs:

    Marine Environmental Specialist
    Marine Safety Specialist
    Hazardous Materials Specialist
    Oil and Hazardous Materials Spill Responder
    Facility Supervisor
    Vessel Inspector
    OSHA Response Trainer


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    These poor, plain men, dwellers upon the lonely sands of Hatteras, took their lives in their hands, and, at the most imminent risk crossed the most tumultuous sea…and all for what? That others might live to see home and friends. — Annual Report of the U.S. Life- Saving Service, 1885

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    10 Jan 2010 12:22 AM
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    TXCG09
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    Date Joined Sep 2009
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    Hello,

    I just saw this new thing today for ratings. I thought I would make an MST one for all of you who have questions. I am an active duty MST and there are other MST's and even family members that are more than happy to help you out.
    MST3 Suggs




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    What are some of the most common duties for an MST?




    TXCG09
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    I guess it would mostly depend on what type of unit you are assigned to as an MST. I am at a large MSU that has several different departments. Everyday MST duties at this unit are pollution cases, vessel inspections (port state control), facilities, and IMD (Incident Management Department) which is pretty much grouping up and discussing on how to handle a situation and managing the whole ordeal. MST's here are also part of boat forces AND law enforcement. I am stationed in Texas which you can imagine is a busy area, if you were stationed lets say up in Massena, NY on the St. Lawerence Seaway then you would handle things such as water ballast in ships and handling zebra mussels haha. You will learn about all of this if you plan on going to MST A school.
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    Mind walking us through a typical day? Say today, or the last shift you worked.
    It all begins February 16th 2010!






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    Here's my son's day today (today-Sunday). Wake up at 3am, board a small boat for insertion onto an incoming tanker 12 miles out at sea at 6am, board it, inspect it, return to port, do paperwork, go home and sleep. (See attached photo)...notice the ice on the ship.



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    I did that for two years in TX. The only thing more fun than climbing up a questionable Jacob's Ladder in the middle of winter was climbing back down it.
    "When you fall on your face you are still moving forward."




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    hello pepperdoggie,

    i sent you a pm




    TXCG09
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    Well unfortunately for me I am not stuck in a normal MST job. I am stuck in an operations center which is where everything goes through. We get the phone calls and radio calls of everything going in or out of the unit. So in a day of my work I get to see an on top view of everything happening in the building. The REAL MST's do stuff just like pepperdoggie said. They get up at whatever time the boarding is set for and complete it which could take from 30min- 4 hours just all depends and then they either come back to work or go home. The MST's that handle pollution..we in the operations center get the report and then we pass it to them and they go respond. As far as the rest they're kinda on their on schedule and barely tell us what they're doing haha. Of course we keep communications with the LE teams and the boats that go out also.
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    That's an awesome pic, pepper...thanks for sharing that. And Larry, you'll eventually get to the point where you'll start doing boardings, won't you? Or will you? I have no idea...just curious. You might recall I'm the one with the MST daughter on the icebreaker so that's the only work I'm familiar with. And not to get off track here but Nikole was home for Christmas and I told her to look you up on facebook so if you notice a friend request from her, you'll know who she is. : )

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    Nikole

    Just thought I'd add this....MST3 Tetreault hard at work in the Arctic.....just in case anybody might be curious about life on an icebreaker. The guy who took these photos is really amazing....has a bunch of them on his site from the recent scientific deployment....I highly recommend checking them out.

    Laurie






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    Laurie,

    Yeah it rotates every year or so. I will be going into pollution or facilities when I get out of this little hole haha. So I will ONE DAY be a real MST but not for now. Oh and awesome pics!
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    Don't doubt yourself Suggs, you are a real MST. A BM who makes coffee and stirs paint is still a BM.

    Whatever job your doing right now, be the best at it, work on making 2nd class, and keep shooting for that brass ring.
    "When you fall on your face you are still moving forward."




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    Thank you Gears you make me feel better about myself lol. Yeah I still play a vital part at this unit and I am doing SOME MST work. I sometimes just don't feel like it haha.
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    That's the nature of the beast. Keep working hard, and one day someone won't see Alaska floating righ there in front of them again, and you'll have your moment to shine.
    "When you fall on your face you are still moving forward."




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    Well I wanna go to Alaska in my career so hey maybe you're right lol.
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    I just cant wait to get to A school. I cant knock my unit by any means. I am just a FN here but i have meet some of the people that i am sure i would have never meet out in the field. My CO is about to become a 1-star and i have drove a couple 3-stars around. I have some people taht have come in and out and had good talks with great information. It might not be the glamours job on a cutter or station but i will take what i can get for now




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    FYI... There are no glamorous jobs for non rates. Unless you consider mess cooking, painting, and bilge cleaning glamorous...
    "When you fall on your face you are still moving forward."




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    I would have loved to drive Admirals around all day haha. Nah as a FN I got dirty at a station fixing the boats with MK's and I enjoyed my non-rate experience.
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    I know there is no glamorous jobs and really cant complain about it. It is all life and you put your dues in to get what you want.

    and MST3 it isnt bad by any means but you have to know your place real quick and make sure there is no messing up what so ever.




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    southern118 said...
    you have to know your place real quick and make sure there is no messing up what so ever.


    Correct, you have to know your place, and do your job. As far as messing up, you are allowed to make mistakes. As long as you hold yourself accountable, correct the mistake, and learn from it you will be okay.
    "When you fall on your face you are still moving forward."




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    Haha yeah at my station our Chief was God. I came to this MSU and the CO is a Captain so..that was a big change for me. I was scared talking to him I can't imagine an Admiral and I completely agree with no messing up.
    MST3 Suggs


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    30 Apr 2010 05:08 PM
    I'm looking at the MST rating. I love the science aspect, and the recent oil spill got me thinking A LOT about this rating. What kinds of things do you study in A school?


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    30 Apr 2010 07:28 PM
    We have a couple MSTs on the board.....haven't seen them in awhile but maybe they'll stop by and help you out. I'm just a mom of an MST.....my daughter went to A school back in 2008. I know there is a curriculum listing at the TRACEN Yorktown website. You could always look there and get an idea about the classes. My daughter ended up on one of the icebreakers.....something she really wanted.....and was told by her Master Chief before she graduated that she might as well forget everything she learned at A School because she'd never use it where she was going! Anyway, best of luck to you!

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    18 Jun 2010 09:57 PM
    i know im up at the top of the list and just waiting to get there. I would love to go down to the gulf and help
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    20 Jun 2010 01:46 PM
    I know you've been on the list a long time.....been keeping my fingers crossed for you. It would be pretty cool to go down to the Gulf and help out. I've been wondering about MST3 Suggs......haven't seen him on here in awhile. He's stationed in Texas and I'm curious if he's helping out with the spill.

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    20 Jun 2010 10:47 PM
    dont know havent heard. i know a few CC have went down there
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    09 Jul 2010 05:38 PM
    Hi There,

    I'm new to this and was hoping someone may help me out. My daughter will be attending A-school soon and I would like to know if there is a place to download any course materials, study guides, or anything helpful that she may need to prepare. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    29 Dec 2010 09:45 AM
    i am leaving for BC on Jan 4th and i talked to a lot of people about what job i want to go into... i think i want to be an MST but i scored a 79 on my ASVAB and an MST is the only job i am not qualified for... is there anything i can do other than retaking the ASVAB to qualify myself for the MST rate?
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    29 Dec 2010 07:58 PM
    NOPE

    but you only have to take the part you need to raise the score to what you need.
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    15 Apr 2011 08:38 AM
    Do MSTs ever get on the International Ice Patrol?
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    15 Apr 2011 09:54 AM
    I have known three that were on that team.
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    @Old Guard2
    Were the guys that you knew were they airborne or on curters? Because I think it would be really cool traking icebergs out the back of a C-130.
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    15 Apr 2011 05:49 PM
    they are airborne and from what i have been told it is a killer job. it was a critical fill a couple months ago. i didnt think to hard about it
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    16 Apr 2011 02:16 PM
    The one guy I knew the best is a retired Master Chief MST. He absolutely loved his time on the ice patrol. He never said one way or the other if it was hard work or easy work, I just know when he spoke of it, it was always with a lot of fun and admiration. He enjoyed the work.
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    28 May 2011 02:08 PM
    Are reservists allowed to be part of the IIP? I live not too terribly far (relative to most of the country, anyway) from where the IIP is based.
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    21 Jun 2011 10:26 PM
    juliet i am not sure and will not be back at work for a couple of weeks but i will drop into people soft and see fi there is any reserve billets there or not if i get a chance
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    23 Jun 2011 07:01 AM
    I'm currently in the application process. I've worked in marine science for 7 years now and gained quite a bit of experience. So chances are that if I get in I'll be applying for MST A school ASAP. However I haven't heard anything about the additional ratings. Is there a list somewhere that charts the potential ratings post A school? I guess I'm a bit of an objective person.
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    23 Jun 2011 08:46 PM
    not post A school. after A school that is your job.

    MST really isnt as much marine science as it is marine safety/law. you can check out the information on ratings through the coast guard recruiting web page.

    if you have questions in particular post it up and i will try and answer them
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    24 Jun 2011 06:54 AM
    Ok just for example. I've worked in marine aquaculture managing water quality in a production facility. That in no way means that I am not relied upon to perform other tasks totally unrelated to water quality, but I'm the "Go to guy" for any issues or questions related.

    In the Coast Guard is there any further training involved after A school that puts you into a more specialized position? No doubt still doing duties totally unrelated to the specialty but being the "Go to guy." (and I use that term kinda loosely) for whatever that specialized training may be.

    For me I would be more interested in Marine law so are there additional programs that would be advantageous to apply for after A school, or is it mostly all on the job training?
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    24 Jun 2011 06:57 AM
    There are plenty of C schools. For a while I thought for sure my husband had a 2nd family in Yorktown, VA... he was there more often than he was home! They are all different in things learned and time spent there. There are a lot of opportunities if you just look for them. My ex LOVES being in the M field, I don't think he can imagine doing anything else in his CG career.
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    24 Jun 2011 08:35 AM
    alot of it is OTJT but you have the option to go to C schools for various things. itdepends on what shop you end up in doing what. you can be the go to guy with just A school and teh training and stepping up
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    25 Jun 2011 06:06 AM
    Are those c-schools listed anywhere?
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    01 Jul 2011 10:21 AM
    Don't mean to hijack your question Navanax!
     
    I see a few posts where people say MSTs are essentially maritime law enforcement/security... Is it possible to transfer to ME with the OJT of an MST? Or possibly a "C" School if one is available? Just curious...
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    02 Jul 2011 10:19 PM
    It is a different type of law enforcement that what ME does. You cant transfer over more then likely you would have to go to A school. I know a few that went ME when it was started up but i know a lot that have been denied the lateral. I also know some MK that have been denied a lateral to MST and tehy have been doing teh MST job since the graduated A school
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    10 Aug 2011 06:54 AM
    I have a couple questions about MSTs...

    1. Do you have the chance through A or C school to learn about weather forecasting? I thought I saw something about this in a description I read, but haven't been able to find much else on the topic.

    2. Are MSTs one of the more likely rates to be deployed for disaster/emergency response? I know they obviously would likely be deployed for oil spills, but what about other events such as hurricanes? I ask bc this is something I'm interested in.

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    11 Aug 2011 08:50 PM
    OK to answer the two questions very simply

    1. There is the chance to go to C school for Weather if you are going to a place that it is required very slim picking on that. Then there are many other C schools to go to also. I am leaving in a week for Container school.

    2. It really depends on the type of response needed. it is always the need of the service and what a command can let loose for operations to help out
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    12 Aug 2011 07:06 AM
    Posted By southern118 on 11 Aug 2011 09:50 PM
    OK to answer the two questions very simply

    1. There is the chance to go to C school for Weather if you are going to a place that it is required very slim picking on that. Then there are many other C schools to go to also. I am leaving in a week for Container school.

    2. It really depends on the type of response needed. it is always the need of the service and what a command can let loose for operations to help out


    Thanks, southern. I'm meeting a recruiter next week so I will see if MST is even an available reserve rate for me.
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    12 Aug 2011 11:49 AM
    it shoudl be they usually are open to reserves. if you have any questions or concerns feel freet to contact me and i will try and hep
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    Posted By southern118 on 12 Aug 2011 12:49 PM
    it shoudl be they usually are open to reserves. if you have any questions or concerns feel freet to contact me and i will try and hep


    Thanks. Are you active duty? I'm considering that as well. I guess I will see what my recruiter says on Tuesday. If the only reserve openings in my area are for rates I'm not interested in, then that will make my decision much easier
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    12 Aug 2011 02:04 PM
    i will tell you if you want to go active go active dont do reserves and think you can easly intergrate.

    Yes im active and i enjoy it most every day
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    18 Jan 2012 01:00 PM
    I know for MST you need a AR+VE of 114, I have a 115 but on the MK portion you need a 56 but I have a 55. Can I get a waiver from my CO or do I need retake that portion of the ASVAB?
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    I believe you can get a waiver for up to 5 points. So you should be able to request that.
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    15 Feb 2012 08:27 PM
    I am looking into enlisting in the Coast Guard and MST would be my top choice for a job. I have a few questions on the MST field...

    1 - Can a MST be assigned to a MSST, or the new MSRT, or a LEDET?

    2 - I know it was briefly mentioned before, but where can a MST work in weather forecasting in the coast guard (e.g. at an air station?) To be honest, I've been looking at other services as well, and weather forecasting is one of my top choices for a career. The reason why is because I already graduated college with a degree in geographic science (similar to environmental science), and in the major I took a few classes in physical geograhy and meteorology. I really liked the subject a lot, and I would like to gain experience in this field so that if i choose to leave the military after 4 years, I would have weather forecasting on my resume that i could apply for a job in the meteorology field. So yeah, is there a good chance to do weather forecasting as a MST and where do those MSTs who attended C school for weather usually work at?

    Thanks
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    17 Feb 2012 04:53 AM
    ok im going to hit this quick.

    yes a MST can be at a MSST not sure about the others as i havent looked at the billet selection lately.

    Weather school is not that common for a MST. I know that they use to send them if you were going to a polar roller but not sure they are still sending people. Dont plan on doing weather as a MST it is more then likely not going to happen.

    Dont plan on spending 4 years in the CG and get out if you want to be a MST as of right now the average wait time is over 2 years so you will be at 5 to 6 years before you would be eligble to get out after attending A school.
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    I'm interested in going mst because I'm interested in the aspects of the rate. I am new to the coast guard (2months since basic) and recently had a baby. I am interested in knowing more about class a school and the work schedule. I know different units have different hours and all but i would like help on deciding if It would be benificial to me as I have just started a family.
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    Hey John where are you stationed. I will answer any questions you have and help you however you may need. Gve me some basic information and I will get ahold of you. Just pm me and I will get you a basic email sent to you
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    None of ours have been going to weather school, we bring navy weather guys on board when we need them.
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    from how it is explained it is a waste of 9 months as you only use it while you are there. i am not sure if they cut it but you dont use any of the weather stuff after you leave the cutter. We have NOAA at sectors and MSD/MSU
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    What is the best place to be stationed for an aspiring MST right out of boot camp? Also, would it be more useful to go the FN or SN route?
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    Really won't matter on unit or no-rate position. My ex-husband was stationed in Kodiak... First spot was at the MAA shack (Master at arms) he cleaned and inspected barracks rooms. Eventually he was able to leave there and move to the mailroom. He went to the airport, picked up mail, sorted it, delivered it to boats... truly had nothing to do with the MST world. He went to MST A school and was very successful both in his enlisted and officer career in the M Field. Other that his time as a non-rate, M is all he has ever done in the Coast Guard.

    Best of luck! The wait is long but the rating is pretty good, Jim has had an amazing career and getting ready to head into his twilight tour. He will retire with a little more than 30 years active duty. I don't think he would change much of his career path at all.
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    Wondering how security clearance fits in with this rating. Maybe I should have posted a new thread in the general category first as I don't know much on how security clearance fits in with any rate really other than that IS requires TS (I believe?) Either way I'd much appreciate any info on the subject.
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    You really need a secret clearance as part of our job is handling information that is required to maintain the Clearance
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    Daughter in law just got her duty assignment while in A School (MST)  Nashville, TN.

    We are both trying to find info on this billet...  What does an MST do in Music Capitol ?  where is the physical station located...? ( Being married would like to begin house hunting asap).  Any info you or anyone else can provide would be greatly appreciated.    

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    I don't know what they do in Nashville but would love to be there
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    It looks like its been awhile since this was event mentioned so I'm wondering if its still a part of the MST job. Does an MST get the chance to have time aboard the icebreakers and if so, what do they do while there?
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    They are still on ice breakers... Bells would probably have good insight for you. She was on an ice breaker. Southern might know some of what their tasks are as well. He is an MST but never on a polar roller.
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    I can't help with the Polaris as I don't have anyone that I know that is on them
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    Heading to A school in a week. Three long years floating on a 270, but will miss some of those times. Any idea on types of units they tend to put on a school pics or is it just needs of service? My goal is to be on strike teams and/or boarding inspections of drilling units containers; what units should i look to as first duty station?
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    Chances of a strike team are very very slim. If I can give you a piece of advise when the picks come out take the busiest port you can find. Don't worry about containers as it isn't a job that will help much for advancement. It is a great job I hold the qual and more less ran the portion for the shop for a while. I will say enjoy school and pic something that works for you.

    The pics will be all over the place. Or it could just be the gulf coast.
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    I would also pick a busy port. If it's a big unit then you have the possibilities to switch departments to get more experience.
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    Thanks for the advice! I figured strike team was very slim haha. Will keep posted on pick start school a week today! Does anyone know any info about RAID teams, the MEC on my cutter mentioned MSTs going to this program.
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    You have to be an E-5 or above to be assigned to the RAID team. It has something to do with Navy Customs and their policy of having E-5s and above. Also if you want to go RAID and be competitive, it helps to have your Facility and Container qual. Therefore try to get stationed at a Sector's Prevention Department. Avoid Response or Waterways if RAID is a priority.
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    MSTs on the Healy are mostly aids/babysitters/slaves to the scientists and then riggers. They don't have 3rd class billets anymore, they were switched over to bm3 billets. So now there is one mst2, a mst2 and a mstc. I can't speak for the star other than I know a mst3 that was on there before she switched to Healy (actually. .. was on the sea) but they weren't underway so she probably wasn't doing any science. Regardless it isn't rating specific work that they are doing. It would be an out of rate tour basically
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    Thanks again for all the advice about units! RAID maybe isnt a top priority but surely something i would strive for. During my tenure o the cutter i attended courses put on by Navy meant for sailors and marines deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq. After speaking with them i was intrigued and wanted to go but was unaware of RAID team and put that feeling aside, now knowing their role i would want to make one of the teams. Please feel free to pm me or just bombard this thread with info about any other units anyone has been at, my wife and i are excited/anxious to find out where we will be going next! Any tips for hhg moves esp since we'll only have a short time between finding out where were going and the time we leave
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    Reporting to class 02B-14 today! Will post updates, thanks again for all advice and info!
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    Reporting to class 02B-14 today! Will post updates, thanks again for all advice and info!
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    Best of luck!!! MST is a good rate! It gave my ex-husband a very good career, almost 30 years and still going strong in the M Field.
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    Old Guard you said that your husband was an MST in the M field? What is the M field? I tried googling it and could not find anything.

    I know that some rates have more specialized jobs that you have to qualify for, for example Surfman. Is that what MST M field is kinda like?

    If so, I hope I can learn about these rate specializations before choosing a rate.

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    The M field is the catch all for MSOs, MSUs, and MSDs. Primarily MSTs are assigned to those units. But, there are billets for other ratings. The Surfman and Heavy Weather Cox'n qualifications are unit specific qualifications.
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    morran how is class going?
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    Thanks Gears. Yep, my ex has been an MST or an officer assigned to Marine Safety fields. He has absolutely loved his career and has traveled the globe as a Coastie. 99.9% of it on planes. Probably 90% of that civilian planes. He is a Captain with almost 30 years (August 2015 will be 30) and he has never served aboard a CG cutter. I honestly don't think there is a day he regrets making the decision to join the CG. Research the ratings and make sure the one you chose is the one you want and you won't regret joining the CG either.
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    Thanks Gears and OldGuard. I really enjoy environmental protection/management and resource law enforcement (my BA is Ecology). However, I'm not sure that MST is for me, it seems that MSTs mainly do vessel safety checks and environmental compliance. I was hoping that they would be doing things a bit more research and science related. Plus, I have a passion for seagoing vessels and I am hoping to serve aboard a cutter and it looks like it is not as common for MSTs to be stationed on a cutter.

    Looks like I'm still leaning towards BM (sorry Gears, the dark side is calling me).
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    Hello I am new to the board and I am looking for some insight to the life of a MST as a reserve. In general do you think being an MST in the CG Reserve is a fulfilling job? I am looking at the CG in Duluth, MN. If anyone can speak to the Reserve MST job or the CG mission in Duluth I'd appreciate it!
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    Can anyone comfirm that the next MST A school class are September 12014 and then January 2015?
    Thank You

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    Look at the A School list... it is in the FAQ section. That will tell you. Help yourself, the answers are on this forum, now find them.
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    I look at the A school list monthly, Old Guard.  I do not see THE answer on the FAQ.  That is why I asked you last month. Imformation is appreciated.


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    I look at the A school list monthly, Old Guard.  I do not see THE answer on the FAQ.  That is why I asked you last month. Imformation is appreciated.



    It's page 6. The page with all the different rates abbreviated, along with their projected wait times and convening class dates. I am not sure how you cannot find it. But, yes, the next classes are in September and January. 29SEP14 and 05JAN15.
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    Southern,

    Class was great! I was number one pick overall for duty station selection. Currently enjoying IMD department at SEC NY. I am going to be taking the NOV MST2 swe. Working on my FOSCR qual too, finally have a federalized case haha so its a battle to get sign offs.
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    Hey morran I was wondering how your picks were chose and what was on the list. Was it priority? how well you did in class? or combination? I will be going to school soon and just wanted some more info on it... THANKS!!!
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    Hey JDB,

    Sorry working a big case. The way our picks went in class was based on a combination of priority, grades, and time in. I was the number one pick overall for my class. I came from a 270' with a little over three years in and about a 96 GPA. The second and third picks were also 270' sailors with a few months less service and a lil lower GPA. When will you be going to school? I will be heading to some c schools at Yorktown in the near future. As for locations our class picks were all over from Guam Alaska Puerto Rico and scattered throughout the US. I'm currently at Sec NY.
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    Hi, new here but interested in joining the USCG Reserves, and specifically interested in the MST rating. I checked reserve vacancies and there are quite a few MST positions open in my area and I really want to pursue this. To this end, I have a few questions that I would appreciate input on:

    1. Is US Citizenship a prerequisite or is legal permanent residence ok (due to potential security clearance requirements)?

    2. How difficult is it to get this rating coming in as a reserve? I have a BA in an unrelated area of study (but with some environmental science courses at the undergrad level) but no applicable work experience in this area.

    3. If one were to do graduate level coursework in this area (for instance, a graduate certificate in Environmental Science/Hazard Mitigation) would this increase my chances or is it best to just study and work hard at getting a good ASVAB score? I should mention that my GPA isn't the greatest in the beginning because I was young and unfocused, but that it improved toward the end.

    Any advice or suggestions are appreciated. I realize that it's best to go speak with a recruiter, but I'm trying to get as much info ahead of time as possible. Thank you.
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    It looks like this thread hasn't been used in almost a year but I do have some general questions regarding MST A school. I am joining as a reservist and will be attending DEPOT 4 Oct and have a reservation for MST A school 11 Jan.
    I want to know what to generally expect from A school and how it will differ from DEPOT. I graduated college recently with an undergrad in Biology (mostly animal and environmental) and was wondering if this may help me in anyway going into MST school. I have always done well in school (graduated Cum Laude with a 3.7) and have always been focused on my studies.
    Also since I will be entering as an E-3 and graduating A school as an E-4 will I be required to test for the promotion in pay grade? Is there a pinning ceremony when I graduate as an E-4? I wanted to know if it is something my wife and mother should come to but didn't know if it was that big of a thing.
    Thank you in advance for any feedback.

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    To make E4 all you have to do is pass A School and your EPME which is just required knowledge and a time requirement as an E3.
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    Rugby, if your family can do both Cape May and Yorktown, I would say go for it. Your family can put your crows on, it is nice to have them there for that. But if they can only afford one, I would chose Cape May first. Boot graduation is more ceremonious and it's the first time they'll see you in your uniform. It is more of a big thing. A School is nice to have them there, I went for my son's. But the ceremony is shorter, there isn't the pomp and circumstance.

    I believe you still have to take the EPME, you might want to ask your recruiter. Because of the Reservist component and guaranteed, I'm not sure how that works. But you'll be able to take that in Yorktown. How long between boot graduation and MST A School start date do you have?
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    My DEPOT date is 4 Oct and my A school starts 11 Jan. Everything I have been told is I will graduate from Yorktown as an E4 but I need to talk to my recruiter about the EPME.
    Thanks for the info about the A school graduation too. Not sure my mother can make it to both but I know my wife will. Also my best friend is an Army veteran and I slightly recall reading something about family or friends that are veterans being able to participate in presenting any awards or honors a graduate might receive. Is that correct? Would that include A school graduation?

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    Boot camp is former or current military, Fire, Police also, can present graduation certificates. A School anyone you would like to pin your crows on is welcome to join. My ex-husband, retired now, was active for our son's boot and A graduations. He presented his certificate in Cape May and we both pinned him in Petaluma. You have time, not a lot, but enough between boot and A that you'll get answers about the EPME.

    My ex was an MST when he was enlisted, he loved it. As an interesting little side note, the crows we pinned on Colin (our son) weren't shiny, pretty, brand new crows... They were Jim's crows when he made 3rd Class. He handed them down to his son and we pinned those. It's nice to have a little sentiment. Jimmy eventually went to OCS. Keeping with the tradition theme... After you graduate OCS you have a coin, a dollar coin I believe or something, I don't know, I never got a decent look at it... But somehow it timed out there were many OCS classes in a row that had an MST in the junior OCS class. After graduation, you have your brand new butter bars on (Ensign) and you walk through the crowd. The first person to salute you, gets the coin. The coin Jim was given he received from an MST. He had to find the MST that was in the junior class, Jim got his first salute and the MST coin passed again to yet another. So the coin had passed from MST to MST for almost a year! Again, seagoing traditions, they are pretty terrific.
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    Hey rugby,  I was DEPOT and MST A school as well.  Since you are going to DEPOT, you will already have satisfied the EPME component when you graduate from Cape May so you will not need to worry about getting it done before or at Yorktown.  I'm not sure if it's one of the several tests you take in DEPOT or what, but regardless, you will be good to go upon graduation from DEPOT. 

    Unless you're prior service and/or have a civilian profession that gives you the experience to graduate as a third class (cops to ME3 or IV3, for example) you will be graduating as an E-3.  Also, having family present at your graduations is a great experience, it's awesome to have a loved one pin you if possible. 
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    12 Sep 2015 11:45 AM
    About how long is the wait for A school for the MST rating as of now? I plan on putting my name down on either being a BM or MST. Both interest me equally and if one has a shorter wait time of much rather go with that rate. Thanks
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    You can basically go right to BM A-School in no time right now. I'm surprised it isn't guaranteed at the moment. If you were a non-rate currently and put your name down, you'd be gone in a month. As for MST, the wait still could be 2-3+ years depending. So, the wait times are vastly different, just as the two rates are so.

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    Oh alright, thank you.
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    I know that to be able to become an MST you need to have an AR + VE SCORE 114 but is there any other requirements? I got an 81 on my afqt and AR + VE score of 115. I know the wait for A school is long when you become a non rate. So my scores seem good enough, is there anything else that I'm missing? I get sent to boot camp in January.
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    You asked basically this same question in TWO other sub forums.
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    Sorry I didn't think anyone was gonna answer on this post.
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    My son was a BM2 in New York, but he actually filled an MST billet. He spent his time doing Vessel Boarding Security (VBST). They boarded ships incoming to NYC 12 miles out either by small boat or helicopter. They also did shoreside inspections and pollution enforcement as well as Ferry Security (riding the Staten Island Ferry 'round and 'round) Because of his duties the Coast Guard sent him to a ton of law enforcement schools including the FBI and secret service. He also did Presidential Security detail on several occasions. The morale of this story is that there is a lot of overlap in the jobs that the Coast Guard does, and depending on your location, these can be many and varied. He was also a tactical coxswain and boarding officer. There's more to being an MST than just scrubbing ducks!
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    I was number one pick overall for duty station selection. Currently enjoying IMD department at SEC NY. I am going to be taking the NOV MST2 swe. Working on my FOSCR qual too, finally have a federalized case haha so its a battle to get sign offs.
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    I recently received my boot camp date of April 19th. I was trying to figure out the average wait time to expect between my temp station and MST A School? Obviously a lot can change between now and then, however, going in, my mind is set on MST. I qualify and I feel as if I would really enjoy it.
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    02 Feb 2016 02:41 PM
    Your first set of orders after boot camp is not a temp station. That is a PCS move, permanent change of station. You will then go to MST A School, PCS if single/TAD if married. Then you will get another set of PCS orders to your first station as an MST3.

    The wait time between boot camp and A School is whatever it takes. You need a minimum of 4 months before you can put your name on the A School list. You must first get your qualifications done, then be recommended for advancement by command, then get your name on the list. Then it is just waiting until your number comes up for class. What does the A School wait time look like right now? I haven't looked at the A School list in quite a while. But that truly doesn't matter... What the time is today might not be what it will be tomorrow. You are looking at graduating boot on June 10th (barring any issues)... Then it will be the end of October at the EARLIEST you can put your name on the list. That is 10 months from now. No way to really say it will be X amount of time.
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    02 Feb 2016 07:36 PM
    Thanks for your response. I was under the impression a temp station was after boot. Thank you for clearing that up.
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    14 Feb 2016 04:05 PM
    Hello everybody,
    I'm very interested in going MST, but unfortunately I'm currently at a small boat station that doesn't have any nearby that I can chat with, so I'm seeing if any of my questions can be answered here.
    I understand the main missions of MST, but am curious of the day to day schedule. Do they mainly day work 7-3? and when they aren't doing boardings, inspections, or anything out in the field, what kind of work are they doing? Is there much differences in being stationed at a sector, MSU or MSD?
    I'm also interested in what MSTs would do at the international ice patrol and how hard it is to get stationed there as an MST3.
    sorry for all the questions, I just want to be sure before I put my name on the a school list, but thank you in advance for all your help!
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    21 Feb 2016 08:20 AM
    Hello everyone, I have a similar question to the above poster. I am going to MST A-school soon and my first choice will be a polar roller, or any other chance to get underway as an MST3. I just need some input as to the difficulty of getting a polar roller billet out of A-school, or maybe even after I make MST2 if it comes down to it. Are polar rollers often sought after by new MST's?
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    23 Feb 2016 10:14 AM
    The polar class isn't all that popular with MST's. There are only a handful of billets available. What will be available to your class, no one has any way of predicting. If it is there, ask for it. If it isn't, you might just have to wait until your next transfer to see if it is an option.
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    02 Apr 2017 07:19 AM
    I am interested in becoming a game warden. I have the option of going to college to earn a degree required by a lot of states for that job but I am kind of sick of school right now. (Is a high school senior). So I'm considering the Army or Coast Guard. Would being a Maritme Enforcemenr Specialist be better job experience to add to my resume for a game warden type of job or would the Marine Science Technician be better?

    Does anyone have an idea of how long the wait for the job training for both of those would be?


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