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Thinking about joining the CG(: I have a few random Q's
Last Post 16 Jun 2011 03:42 PM by captkyguy. 6 Replies.
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14 Jun 2011 07:45 PM
    Helloo everyone!(: I am new to this forum, and I have been looking into the Coast Guard extensively in the past few weeks. I feel as if this is the right path for me, and I am really excited to further my knowledge in the process. So far I need to send in my pre-screen form to the recruiter, but I have been a little hesitant because I wanted to do ALOT of research; I plan to send it in the next few days. So, here are a few questions I have...

    1. I am a 19 year old female and I am 5'1 & 103lbs, would I be considered underweight?
    2. I currently have my second set of braces on, which are being removed on the 27th (:, and was wondering if I can have my retainer during basic training?
    3. I get asthma when I get a severely sick which requires me to use an inhailer, but I do not need it for physical activity. Would I be automatically disqualified? or would a waiver take care of this issue?
    4. How many girls are in a company?

     
    I have so many more questions its overwhelming >.<
    I would also really like to hear from other girls about their experiences and opinions of basic training !
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    14 Jun 2011 09:43 PM
    Welcome to the forum! This is DEFINITELY a great place to get the answers you're looking for. I'll answer your questions as best I can. Dont worry though, whatever I cant answer or am unsure of, there will be someone coming up behind me to fill in the blanks =)
    1. I haven't found anything about being UNDERWEIGHT. I am currently OVERWEIGHT. But if you are underweight, it may be easier to put it on rather than take it off ha.
    2. As for a retainer. According to other posts on this forum, it sounds like a 'permanent' retainer is fine. As long as you need no further help from an orthodontist I think it's fine, as there is no orthodontist staffed at Cape May. Or, if worse comes to worse, you can just go 8 weeks without a retainer
    3. Asthma is where it gets tricky. Have you been formally diagnosed with asthma? I have read that if you were prescribed an inhaler after the age of 13, you are DQ'd. Now I dont know if this applies to you since it sounds like you don't have "chronic asthma" This is a question you would have to pose to your recruiter and/or wait for someone on this forum with more knowledge on the subject to chime in.
    4. The size of the company and the male to female ratio varies. It just depends on who gets shipped out to boot camp that week. But you'll be with plenty of other girls.
    My Fiancee went through boot camp almost 2 years ago and she is loving the Coast Guard. And once I meet weight standards I will start the process to join myself.
    This forum is a GREAT place to get the answers you are looking for. Everyone here is very helpful and you shouldn't have a problem getting the answers you're looking for.
    My advice to you is to contact your local recruiter ASAP. The Coast Guard is VERY crowded right now so the sooner you start the process the better. And honestly, depending on where you recruit from, you may not have to worry about the retainer issue. Some people wait 1 year or more from their initial meeting with a recruiter til their ship date. Although some just wait a few months. It all just depends. Also, your recruiter will be the best person to answer these and any other questions you may have.
    Feel free to post any more questions you may have. Also, feel free to PM me if you have any more questions or if you wanna hear some boot camp stories Ive heard a million times from my Fiancee haha.
    Good luck with everything!
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    14 Jun 2011 10:03 PM
    Thank you for answering those questions for me! I am sure I will have plenty more to ask.
    I am estatic I found this forum I have  legit been through hundreds of posts/pages in the past three days, its kind of addicting to me when it come to learning about others experiences and concerns.  It is also making me want to join even more  I plan to contact my recruiter within the next week to start the process.
    By the way, what is PM? Im new to this whole thing haha
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    15 Jun 2011 05:19 AM
    PM is Private Message...if you accept someone as a friend through friends request (if you click on their screen name or picture to the left, that takes you to their profile page and your can request that or look through stuff they are willing to share, I have lots of pictures on mine for example...after they or you accept the request, you can then send messages back and forth in private...

    I sent you a friends request.

    A notification will show in the upper right of the screen where you will see a box that says "welcome NHcoastgirl", this is your inbox and displays notices or new messages, you can even set it up to have new postings that let you know in your email account so that you can be quickly notified as well.

    Glad to have you aboard and I wish you all the success in the world...you will need to follow up heavily with this Asthma/Inhaler situation, as it is very Taboo with MEPS...I would not send in your pre-screen until you get much better wording and then documentation from your doctors, as MEPS will not let it go through and a DQ will be forthcoming from them...leg work up front will give you a much better chance of success.

    Keep reading posts...go in with more information then you could ever think to ask.
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    15 Jun 2011 06:14 AM
    Don't know if it's the same for girls but a guy I saw weighed under 100 pounds at the recruiters office and they told him to be at least 100 pounds at MEPS so I'm sure your good as far as weight goes...I wish I had a problem with making the minimum weight haha I'm pretty close to my max for my height
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    15 Jun 2011 02:15 PM
    I'm pretty sure inhaler's post 13 aren't an automatic DQ as I have that in my records (no asthma or other chronic breathing disorder) and my recruiter isn't showing me the door. Hope the MEPS doctors agree. They have before, but that was in leaner times for the military in general.
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    16 Jun 2011 03:42 PM
    Inhaler use after 13 is not an automatic DQ, but any asthma after 13 is...it takes a lot of disproving documentation from a specialist to even get a chance with MEPS...I would not take a chance on "HOPE" I would go in squared away sporting any and all new, current up to date documentation that I could get my hands on from a specialist (Pulmonolgist)...do not base your chances on “HOPE”...MEPS can and will put a DQ on your file without a second thought or hesitation or even allow you a chance to explain.

    NHcoastgirl I sent you a PM.


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