Depot and BM school
Last Post 10 Jul 2009 06:45 PM by bnk183. 8 Replies.
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09 Jul 2009 12:52 AM
    I may get to attend Depot and BM school

    Depot is a brief reserve entrance training? 3 weeks in Connecticut?

    Is BM school for reserve different than for active duty?
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    09 Jul 2009 09:57 AM
    DEPOT is for prior enlisted and is an INTENSIVE abbreviated boot camp at Training Center Cape May,NJ. Only those prior service whose skills translate directly to a Coast Guard Rating are eligible. Are you prior service? What branch and what was your MOS/Rating?

    BM "A" school is located in Yorktown Virginia.

    Glad to answer anything else you might want to know.

    Pepper
    note: DEPOT is a brand new program just coming online at Cape May,and as such little info is available. Talk to your recruiter.


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    09 Jul 2009 12:00 PM
    Thanks for reply. My recruiter stated that these were the programs/training I would get if I pass my physical. I will ask my recruiter for more information on the training when we next meet but I am hoping to get a better understanding now. My concern is the time requirements for training. I am guessing it is about 15 weeks of training. Secondly, I would be curious to know a bit more about what it will be like. In general, I think it will be an adventure of sorts and look forward to it.

    In Regards to BM school.... My current understanding is that reserve BM school is 12 weeks in Yorktown and as a CG reserve, scheduling to take the class happens quickly. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    In regards to DEPOT. The best I have found is that it is a 3 week program that is currently in transition or development. I don't have prior military experience.

    I would also be interested to talk about what it is like to be a BM in the reserve. What is it like during drill ect.
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    09 Jul 2009 02:01 PM
    It's all a bit fuzzy. I believe that DEPOT is only for prior service people who have attained the rank of E-4 and above in another service. REBI is the program the CG uses for reserve folks. Here's the link: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capeMay/Trai...s/REBI.asp

    The BM "A" school is in Yorktown:

    The Coast Guard is totally revamping how they train prior enlisted, as well as reservists so it is still unclear how this new process works (to me,anyway). Maybe someone who is more up to speed can clarify this. Trust your recruiter, they are in the loop, and I am certainly not.

    Let us know what you find out so we all can learn. We needed a guinea pig!

    Good Luck

    Pepper


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    09 Jul 2009 02:51 PM
    Thanks for the links.

    I will post what I learn when I next speak with my recruiter.
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    10 Jul 2009 12:56 AM
    REBI (non prior service with civilian skill) and PSTP (prior service) are combining to become DEPOT. REBI was 12 days and PSTP was 5 weeks. DEPOT will be 3 weeks. I believe it will be open to prior service and non prior with civilian skill that translates to a CG rate.  You will be coming in as a petty officer at least an E4.  I came in as an E5, there was even an E6 in my REBI.  I heard that they are going to stop letting people go to REBI (now DEPOT) as a SN with guaranteed A-School, we had a few of those in our class too. Good luck to you.
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    10 Jul 2009 01:39 AM
    Thanks for the update. Hopefully the Cape May website will be updated soon and spell it out clearly. Postings on other websites are very unclear, hopefully Chukles will be able to give us the official word when he gets back.

    Thanks

    Pepper


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    10 Jul 2009 02:32 PM
    I think I have seen this somewhere before but I can't find it now. I believe the answers were No and Yes respectively. Here are the questions.

    Is the cost of travel to these programs covered?

    Is there pay during these periods?


    Other questions.

    Do reservists go to drill while waiting to participate in these programs?

    When does a reservist become eligible for health insurance programs via the Coast Guard?
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    10 Jul 2009 06:45 PM
    1) The cost of travel is covered. Airfare to Philly and bus ride to Cape May, and vice versa when you are done.

    2)You are paid active duty pay plus BAH and BAS.

    3) I do not believe that you drill waiting to go to boot camp.  They won't let you "raise your right hand" until you are less than 2-3 months from your ship date.  Something about not accruing points for a good year, there is no DEP for reservists.

    4) You have coverage for you and dependants with 31 or more days active duty.
    However, if you are on orders less than that and are injured on Coast Guard time they will take care of you, not your dependants.  You can also purchase Tricare for resevists while not on active duty (if you don't have coverage through your civilian job).  I can't remember the cost, but it is relatively cheap.


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