Thank you all for your replies. I have been in touch with a CG recruiter(s) since January. He seemed to think that MST, when open, was harder to fill- everyone around here wants ME positions! I am open to other rates, although none of those were available, either.
@BDUB-- I am located in the Southeast. The rumors I "heard" were on the military.com recruiting board, but I'm not sure what area the applicant was from. There were actually a couple of people reporting the issue. Although the Coast Guard is my first choice by far, I've also spoken with a Navy recruiter and Air National Guard-- they still seem to be recruiting to 39 and 40 respectively.