Wow!! That is a list of questions!
Your best bet is to contact a recruiter as He/She can help answer many of these questions.
Many of these questions can also be answered using your favorite search engine.
Your reserve duty has no bearing on your job. You will serve two days a month and two weeks a year as a standard routine. If you are activated you will be away for an additional length of time.
There is no way to tell you what an average deployed length is as there is no average deployed length. It depends on way to many factors to accurately predict.
Deploying while going to school can be a problem depending on the school, some schools are understanding and lenient, others are not. Your best bet is to discuss these potential issues with the school you are looking to attend.
It is just as easy for a reservist to access the Montgomery GI bill as an active duty member.
Best bet with loved ones is to sit them down and explain why you want to do this. Point them to this site or ask them to come with you to meet your recruiter.
There is no negotiation on contract length for Enlisted Reserves or Commissioned reserves.
Rank is determined by a few different factors. Your local recruiter can better advise you.
Your basic pay is the same across the board, and you may or may not receive cola. There are a myriad of special pays and entitlements you may receive. (Google is your friend here)
I do not understand the question concerning NPS persons,
You will not loose credibility for not attending Boot camp. You will attend a boot camp of some sort depending on which program you come in under.
Coast Guard does not have MOS's, we have enlisted ratings. If you are coming in as an Officer, they do not apply. Coast Guard hires only for positions open in your area with the Reserves. Your recruiter will have a current listing.
The route you take (enlisted/commission) is one only you can make after careful consideration and thorough research. What one person thinks is best could be a nightmare to the next.
I do not see any skill sets in your post so I cannot answer this question, but after talking with your recruiter, he/she will be able to give you a better answer.
Best of luck in your pursuits!
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 Recruiting Website Read here for answers to the most often asked questions about joining the Coast Guard!
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