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Prior Army to CG...wait time
Last Post 28 Jul 2012 09:12 AM by PaulReck. 4 Replies.
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25 Jul 2012 12:20 AM
    Long story short- My husband is 22 and was honorably discharged after 3 yrs as a 12b e 5 sergeant from AD with an re 1. I am his only dependent. What is the possibility and  waiting time to get into the coast guard? He spoke to a recruiter last week and he said its about a year wait....wondering if that sounds accurate?

    I understand he would be coming in as an e3 and doing basic again. Any help would be appreciated
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    25 Jul 2012 06:36 AM
    A year does sound about right. We are currently telling applicants anything from 6-18 months. He might get lucky and get in sooner or it could take a bit longer. It all depends upon his ASVAB, physical and then the other applicants in the office. It does seem like an incredibly long wait but the numbers the CG can recruit are less and less each year. This year is no exception to that. Thank your husband for his service... and yours too! I hope all goes well.

    I know you are well versed in military already being an Army wife but if you have any Coastie questions, please let us know. We'll be happy to tell you all about CG life if you ask.
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    25 Jul 2012 02:08 PM
    Great, thanks for the info What about duty stations? Is it just based on the needs of the service or do we have a say?

    We are excited at the possibility of him joing the CG. I just hope it works out and isn't too long of a wait.
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    26 Jul 2012 08:06 AM
    He will have the chance to ask for what he/the two of you want, but needs of service come first. Sometimes you get lucky and the place you wanted to go has an opening and you got it. Sometimes, you get your last pick. With the exception of his first unit after bootcamp (where he just picks districts - and you may not get the districts you pick), he will be given a list of billets that he can put in order. He will be given one of those billets, but sometimes there are 100+ choices!
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    28 Jul 2012 09:12 AM
    I think that the Coast Guard has the highest percentage of prior service members of all of the branches. Welcome on board. What rate is your husband interested in?

    Do not sweat the wait... trust me... it is worth it!
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