SK-STORE KEEPER
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10 Jan 2010 12:28 AM
    STOREKEEPER (SK)


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    SKs procure, store, preserve, package and issue clothing, spare parts, provisions, technical items, and all other necessary supplies. They also keep inventories, prepare requisitions, and check incoming supplies. Storekeepers handle all logistical functions and are experts in the Coast Guard accounting system, preparing financial accounts and reports. They utilize all types of office equipment and use computers extensively. They also operate all types of material handling equipment, including forklifts.

    Types of Duty:

    SKs are stationed throughout the Coast Guard in all types of shore units, including groups, integrated support commands, air stations, district offices and headquarters units. They also serve at sea on icebreakers and most of the larger cutters. SKs have opportunities for independent-duty assignments on buoy tenders, search and rescue stations, and long-range navigation stations.

    Training Available:

    SK 'A' School is a seven-week, performance-based course. Students perform actual SK tasks, with practical exercises in:

    MILSTRIP, Research Federal Logistics Data (FEDLOG)
    Create MILSTRIP Messages Using Coast Guard Message System (CGMS)
    Simplified Acquisition Procedures Using Finance & Procurement Desktop (FPD)
    Fiscal Procedures
    Shipping and Receiving
    Inventory Management and Configuration Management (CMPlus)
    Property Management
    Transportation of Freight
    Qualifications:

    Computer skills, organizational skills, and an aptitude for practical mathematics are desired. Inventory and customer-service experience is a plus, although not required.

    Related Civilian Jobs:

    Inventory Manager
    Purchaser
    Accountant
    Bookkeeper
    Shipping and Receiving Clerk
    Warehouse Supervisor
    Logistics Specialist


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    15 Mar 2010 01:56 PM
    Much like many other jobs in the Coast Guard, Storekeeper is a good and rewarding one. If you have any questions about the day to day life of a Storekeeper, please feel free to ask.


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    01 Jan 2011 10:06 AM
    How hard is it to strike sk?
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    02 Jan 2011 08:26 AM
    it isnt to hard to strike i have meet many people that have struck and had no problem doing so. I do not know if it is still strikable at this time.
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    04 Jan 2011 08:05 AM
    The striker list closed for SK on 1 Jan
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    04 Feb 2011 02:20 AM
    Striker for SK is still open where I'm at.

    BM, DC, SK, and I beleive MK are still temporarily strikeable.
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    31 May 2011 11:29 AM
    Hi im a sn at aviation training center mobile alabama. I would like to know if SK are required to have sea time and what are the chances of being stationed on a boat? i have children and a husband so im worried about that. Also would it be better to strike it or go to A school, and how long is the waiting list for A school for SK?
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    31 May 2011 06:46 PM
    This is the current a school list http://www.uscg.mil/epm/docs/A-SchoolList.pdf.. Its updated on the 15th of each month and Im prettty sure it requires sea time... I hear striking is really easy its the waiting for your name to come up on the striker suplemental list to put on your crows. Hope this helps

    Sorry forgot to put the link in
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    01 Jun 2011 05:29 AM
    No, an SK is not required to have sea time for advancement, although sea time will help out a lot when it comes to your service wide exams. The chances of being on a boat are pretty much the same chances of getting one out of boot camp, its 50/50. I personally think you will learn more striking but only under SK's that are willing to teach you the rate and not just the practical factors.
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    06 Sep 2011 04:24 PM
    Hello,
    Just a quick quesiton. Currently the SK a-school list says it's taking 27 A/D for the upcoming class in January with (2) next to it. Does this mean that in January they will be taking two classes of 27 each at a total of 54? Also, this description says the Sk a-school is a 7 week, performance based course. What exactly is meant by performance based? Thank you!
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    07 Sep 2011 06:40 PM
    No it doesnt mean that they are taking 54 people. The 2 indecates that it will be a double class. Usually SK a school only takes 11 to 15 people per class so the 27 means that is the total amount of people they can take and teach at one time. Plus the classrooms can only hold 15 people so the class will be split between 2 classrooms. I hope this helps.
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    09 Sep 2011 09:08 AM
    Thank you for the response! Also, I've heard that at SK A-school when you get to choose your billit its based on sea time for who gets first pick. Is this true? If so, why is it this way when many other a-schools base it on gpa/performance?
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    09 Sep 2011 04:11 PM
    You'll get picks during indoc week so they can't use grades since you haven't even started. It is a formula based off seatime/time in service etc.
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    09 Sep 2011 08:48 PM
    Here's how the assignment process at SK school worked when I went through.

    A few weeks into the course, you will come in one day and there will be a list of picks that the detailer has provided to the school. If there are 20 students, there will usually be 20 picks. Now, you could all just pick whatever you want, and leave it up to the detailer to figure out who goes where, but nobody wants that. So basically, the class will get together and figure out the choosing order. We went by the current assignment priority system - 1 - restricted duty. 2 - afloat OCONUS. 3 - afloat CONUS. 4 - ashore OCONUS. 5 - ashore CONUS. The amount of sea time was used to differ seniority between afloat people, and the date of making E-3 was used to differ seniority between ashore people. Anyway, once we came up with our priority order, we simply went down the list. We asked the first guy what he wanted, and ran through the list all the way to 20. While it might stink to be the last one to pick, everyone generally ends up happy. When I went through there, I was fortunate to be the first guy coming from land to pick, so I was able to get my first choice of the ships. I believe that there was just as many land billets as there were afloat billets, so the people coming from land and sea basically swapped.

    I hope this helps. If not, please feel free to PM me for more information.

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    05 Feb 2012 09:41 AM
    Hi everyone, I was just wondering if anybody could tell me a little bit about what the work schedule is like for an SK, how it might differ on a cutter vs. a small boat station, and busy season hours and such.  Thanks for all the help!
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    06 Feb 2012 06:02 AM
    Easy stuff, 24/7/365.... I've placed orders at all times of the day, even while playing at the park with my son... There are no set hours.. Some places have you in the offive from 0630 - 1500, some places have you 0700 - 1300, everywhere is different. Every unit is different. Just because your on a cutter, doesn't mean the hours are the same, its all up to the command.
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    06 Feb 2012 07:46 PM
    I wouldn't go so far as to say "easy stuff, 24/7/365". I might have thought the same as an SK3 and even as an SK2, but once you are either independent duty or SK1 and above, the job can be pretty demanding, especially when you seek out more responsibilities. As an SK1 in charge of a $1.8 million dollar budget, there were definitely some stressful times. After I am done here in recruiting, I will go back to being an SKC in charge of a large budget and an office full of people again. The stress can be managed though, and the job can be fun. You just have to allow yourself to have fun.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    07 Feb 2012 05:00 AM
    I ment easy stuff as in easy answer.... maybe a different word, or comma would have helped...... oops. I'm an INDEP Duty SK2 with an overall budget of $15 Mill over 9 units.... I hear what your saying.
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    08 Feb 2012 06:31 PM
    Gotcha
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    17 Feb 2012 06:46 PM
    I would like to know if any one knows the answer to this question. Based on the current A school list for SK the wait time is 6-12mths. If I am on the list from November of 2011 at position 60+ and they are only taking 25 people for the rest of the year does that mean I may not be getting orders until probably summer of year 2013?
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    17 Feb 2012 11:02 PM
    Not necessarily you jus have to wait to see whats in the budget for FY 2013 which starts 1 October.... Jus because they are only taking 25 ppl for the rest of this year doesn't mean when the budget comes out there won't be a class in January or March of FY 2013
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    28 Mar 2012 07:43 AM
    I just found out there are SK reserves openings near me, so I'm looking in to this rate. I'm wondering how much of the work of SK's is "desk" work (accounting, placing orders, and the like), and also how often you get to do other stuff like boardings, etc?

    thanks in advance
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    28 Mar 2012 12:54 PM
    95% desk work. If you are motivated and a hard worker, your chain of command might let you get boarding team member qualified, but that would normally be in your off time, because the SK work comes first. I've done BTM, boat crewman, IAS operator, and ROV operator as a storekeeper, but the qualification for all of those came after my primary duties.

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    28 Mar 2012 01:06 PM
    Posted By Cooch on 28 Mar 2012 01:54 PM
    95% desk work. If you are motivated and a hard worker, your chain of command might let you get boarding team member qualified, but that would normally be in your off time, because the SK work comes first. I've done BTM, boat crewman, IAS operator, and ROV operator as a storekeeper, but the qualification for all of those came after my primary duties.

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    Thanks, that is very helpful. Since I'm looking into the reserves I'm trying to figure out if I will regret choosing something more desk-centric considering my full-time is a desk job. 

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    03 May 2012 06:51 PM
    i was just curious if anyone knows anything about priority in "A" school if the person choosing to go SK is already a 3rd class with 6 years in, 4 as an AMT3 but only a year sea time on a 378.
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    03 May 2012 07:19 PM
    SK A school students work the priority out amongs themselves. Generally, they follow the same assignment process as a detailer would. When sifting out people coming from a cutter, they go by the amount of sea time the individual might have.

    Out of curiosity, why the change?
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    03 May 2012 07:24 PM
    well i love aviation and saving people is great but just to many helos going down in the past few years and a few friends lost. plus the work environment in aviation isnt what most people think. its very stressful due to the fact that if you miss the smallest thing it could kill one of your best friends or you. i just ask the priority thing because i see the sks at the airsta and they seem to like their jobs but im not one that wants to go back to a boat just yet.
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    03 May 2012 07:28 PM
    aviation A school students get picks based on class performance and get extra points if they go above and beyond. it doesnt matter where you were before. but i also dont know how i feel about an individual getting priority over me because they were on a boat recently and its been 5 years for me. especially because ive already got 6 years in the cg
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    03 May 2012 08:04 PM
    It's just one of those things that you'll have to consider prior to making your decision. Generally, SK's are on land, but being an SK on a cutter is a lot of fun. There's hard work involved, but it's much different than your non-rated cutter experience.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    14 Jun 2012 05:23 PM
    Cant you get board team qualified in the 3 year wait for SK A school? So yes, you actually can do that
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    18 Jun 2012 06:31 PM
    You can also be boarding team qualified after A school. Any rating can get qualified as a boarding team member.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    08 Dec 2012 11:03 PM
    The coast guard website said SK A school is 7 weeks long but my friend said SK A school is 12 weeks long. Can someone tell me which one is correct?
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    08 Dec 2012 11:14 PM
    Let me turn it around by asking you. Who would you believe, an official CG website, or a friend?

    The site is correct.
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    08 Dec 2012 11:55 PM
    Cooch, does it matter if I'm planning on coming in as a reservist? Is A school for reservist different from AD for SK? My friend is actually an AD coast guardian and that's how I know about the coast guard. Either way, I'll take your word for it because my friend is not a recruiter or a SK.
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    09 Dec 2012 12:13 AM
    They go through the exact same school. The students will be both active and reserve. It's a good job.
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    09 Dec 2012 12:25 AM
    From the sound of it...I assume you used to be a SK before you became a recruiter? I made the right choice then hahaha.

    By the way, I'll be coming in DEPOT an an E3 then to A school. So after 7 weeks of A school, I have to take an exam and pass it in order to become an E4 correct? What happen if I don't pass it the first time? Do I get a 2nd try?
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    09 Dec 2012 12:44 AM
    Correct. If you don't pass the first time, you have to wait 21 days to take it again. You should pass the first time though.

    Yes, I'm still a storekeeper, but I've been recruiting for the past few years. I'll be headed back to the storekeeper world when I transfer to Bahrain this spring. I've enjoyed it for the most part. As with any job, there's positives and negatives. The good has outweighed the bad by far though.
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    11 Dec 2012 12:07 AM
    Cooch, thanks for all the great info.

    Since, I'm going in as a SK reservist, do I do what an AD SK does? Or am I considered like a SK assistant since of not there all the time?
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    11 Dec 2012 03:54 PM
    You will be considered just as much of an SK as active duty counterpart. The duties of the job vary from unit to unit, so it's tough to tell what you'll be doing. Most of my reserve SKs would start off by doing inventory and issuing gear to the reservists, as well as making up lists of things we needed to reorder. If they came in on weekdays, I would let them make purchases.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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    11 Dec 2012 11:04 PM
    Glad to hear that I can do what an AD SK would do.

    Cooch, since you're going to Bahrain soon...are you going to still be around on this forum?
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    12 Dec 2012 07:16 AM
    I'm undecided. I suppose if I can find the time, I'll still chime in every now and then. It all depends on the workload.
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    31 Jan 2013 03:27 PM
    can anyone tell me a definite answer as to if you can still strike the SK rate? Saddly i keep hearing different things and i really dont know what to listen to. being that the SK aschool list has 0 attendance for the next class and TBD for the 2 following that.
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    26 Feb 2013 09:04 AM
    Does anybody know about the Capitalize Inventory for March 2013. so far there is not a message about it.

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    28 Feb 2013 05:58 PM
    Im waiting for my credit check, if it checks out ill be SK as a reservists in Psu. I was wondering what i would be doing in-between boot and a school? boot would be june while a school would be next april. I am currently a store manager in my civilian job, will it be close to that or will i be doing random jobs before a school. Im assuming it will vary unit to unit.
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    01 Mar 2013 09:41 AM
    For reservist SK's, you would mainly be focusing on inventorying and gear issue. While some reservists get a purchase card and are able to make purchases, it's not very common. While waiting for school, you would do your normal drill weekends and perhaps work with other reserve SK's. It will be up to your unit though.
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    08 Apr 2014 04:02 PM
    I was wondering if advancing as an SK is a good rating to go if you eventually want to go to OCS? Thank you for your time.

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    17 Jul 2015 09:01 PM
    I was wondering what SKs do on bigger cutters when underway, like what are their duties? Also, what is life like when the boat is moored up?
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    19 Jul 2015 06:34 PM
    every rating is good for going OCS if you EERs are good enough.
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    02 Aug 2017 11:21 PM
    Hey everyone. I'm scheduled to do my DEP swear-in sometime in the coming week. I've been talking to my recruiter about BM but haven't committed to that rate yet. When I took my ASVABS, I saw SK as a rate that I was thinking about pursuing. I met the Min. VE score of 51 but my combined VE+AR score was 104 and 105 is needed. Am I able to get some sort of waiver for this rate? If so, does that take long?
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    03 Aug 2017 07:11 AM
    Unless the rules have changed your first command should be able to give you up to a 5 point waiver for any A school you didn't qualify for. Whether or not they grant that waiver will largely depend on your performance at the unit. Good luck!
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    15 Jan 2018 09:44 PM
    Where is A school located?
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    19 Jan 2018 02:52 PM
    SK A School is in Petaluma, California
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