Posted By Jiujitsufan on 16 Jun 2013 02:34 AM
I have been wresting with whether to go enlisted or ocs. I worry I will spend 1 to 3 years just doing meaningless "grunt work" as I've been told before I ever get to be hands on in search and rescue or go to an A school. I want to join the coast guard to save lives, but I worry it would be years before I would get the chance to. Any thoughts?
I am not in the Coast Guard and do not have experience as a non-rate, but I do have a few thoughts on the "meaningless work". I am currently the "probie" at my firehouse, low man on the totem pole... meaning all of the grunt work? guess who gets to do it :-/. Anyway, as my Training Officer told me, as he inspected my cleaning job and had me redo it, the grunt work serves a purpose, if you are unable to have a strong attention to detail and get the job done right the first time, how are your officers and squad leaders going to trust that you will follow orders on the fire scene? I would assume that the "grunt" work given to non-rates is similar to the work that I am given as a probie, the work has to be done by somebody and it is a way to gain the trust of your leadership, the more you gain their trust... the more "cool" work you will be able to do
as far as SAR experience, I suggest that you join a local volunteer fire company. The process for getting into the CG is long and a lot of "hurry up and wait" so why not get EMS, possibly Fire, and some Rescue experience while you wait to go to boot? in the year and a half that I have been in the fire service I have been on multiple EMS and Fire calls.. as an operational crew member... and the experience has further cemented that I want to work in the lifesaving service.
Just my $0.02