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Army Reserve Watercraft Operator to Active Duty Coast Guard
Last Post 04 Feb 2012 11:34 AM by Cooch. 2 Replies.
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29 Jan 2012 01:58 AM

    Hello,

    Since March 2009, I’ve been a soldier in the United States Army Reserve.  I’m currently an 88K Watercraft Operator and am licensed as a seaman aboard United States Army 174-foot Landing Craft and have so far sailed numerous times in near coastal and inland waters of the west coast, Alaska and Canada.  As a Watercraft Operator, I’m trained in navigation, marlinspike seamanship, damage control, water survival, fire fighting and other skills useful aboard various watercraft.  I’ll likely be deploying to Kuwait Naval Base for 9 to 12 months next year.  My reenlistment will be up in March 2015. 

    My desire is to enlist into the active duty United States Coast Guard as a Boatswain’s Mate or another similar rating at that time.  I know a lot could change by then, but I would like to know hypothetically if an E-4 or E-5 Army Watercraft Operator would transfer over to the Coast Guard.  I’m aware I would be required to attend the Coast Guard’s Basic Training, but with my experience and skills aboard watercraft, will I be required to attend A School and will I be able to retain my rank?

    Thank you for your time and support.

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    29 Jan 2012 10:13 AM
    It's possible with your quals to make the jump. You'll have to contact a recruiter when you're close to your EOC date. They'll have to submit a Rate Determination Package to see if you qualify to be a BM.
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    04 Feb 2012 11:34 AM
    You could do is as a Reservist in the CG, but BM is not on the Open Rate List (ORL), so you wouldn't be able to do it on the active duty side.
    You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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