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Requesting a WSML?
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19 Mar 2019 02:57 AM
    I am currently in the process of enlisting and I am considering what kinds of places I would like to request on my dream sheet in the future. 

    I know that I am going to most likely pursue AET as my rate. As cheesy as it sounds, I want the full cutter experience and I would like to be on the “big and badass” ships (I know, it’s childish). This, and my general interest in different ships and how they work, Are why I am considering WSML as a request. Considering that after A-school I wouldn’t be around cutters anymore I would like that experience as a Non-rate to be apart of something like that.

    What might be the chances of actually getting on one? (I know there’s about 8 of them currently).

    What are people’s experience on one of these cutters? I’ve heard non-rates kind of have a shitty time? Is it worse than any other cutter?

    Also, I understand that I would have to live on the ship for a good while until I get qualified and all, what is the living situation on one of these? Keep in mind I am a musician and I am wondering how much I would need to sacrifice during my time on one of these cutters if possible, so I’m mostly wondering about space, noise level, rooms, etc.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


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    19 Mar 2019 06:32 AM
    If you ask for a WMSL you are very likely going to get one, no guarantees, but the odds are in your favor. As far as life on board, I couldn't tell you, I've never been on one. If you have downtime, which isn't much on a cutter when you're underway you can sit on the flight deck and play music and not bother anyone.
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    20 Mar 2019 09:18 AM
    I enlisted 8 years ago and knew I was going IT. Some ITs are afloat but most are ashore and I too wanted to get a feel for that ship life before getting rated. It felt important for a service that has a sea driven mission. In boot camp they asked us where we wanted to be stationed. I took the piece of paper, wrote a couple districts, and then made the note that I really wanted a cutter. When orders came out I got a WHEC. No regrets. Yes the work sucks and yes non-rates have it rough. That aside it's an amazing experience to be at sea and a great opportunity to be working with the core mission of the service. So while I can't speak to WMSL vs WHEC life I can say that I'm glad I got underway before entering a rating that doesn't often get underway.
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    20 Mar 2019 07:42 PM
    About 4 years ago I specifically asked for a NSC in boot camp and didnt get one. They've commissioned quite a few more though since then.
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    08 Apr 2019 11:36 AM
    Based on graduating Boot Camp at the beginning of this year, I'd say if you request a WMSL, you're more than likely going to get one! They seem to have a lot of billets available.

    Some people love them because they're new and sexy. Other people can't stand them for the menial non-rate labor and being at sea for months. I think if it's what you want, you'll be more likely to go into it with a positive attitude, and that makes all the difference. There are a lot of disgruntled non-rates on WMSLs, from what I hear, and if you're willing to go in with a positive attitude and work hard, you'll probably rise very quickly on that boat and have a lot of fun doing it!

    Good luck.
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    08 Apr 2019 09:17 PM
    Be prepared to go to a 270 if you request any kind of cutter! My cutter went through non-rates like crazy! Several people from my boot camp company got stationed on a 270 and no one got a WMSL.
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    09 Apr 2019 06:32 AM
    My son's first assignment out of boot camp was a 270. He went MANY PLACES, made friends he will have for all of his life and learned a lot! I don't think he would have traded time on the 270 for another boat. He went to a 378 after that and loved that, too. But he loves being underway and misses it terribly!
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