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Operations Specialist
Last Post 26 Jul 2008 04:06 AM by valma89. 15 Replies.
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14 Jul 2008 02:57 AM
    Does anyone know if OS's are at Air Stations too? I know anyone can be part of an MSST but does being an OS slim down your chances of doing boardings or being in a DOG?? Im REALLY interested in being an OS but I wouldn't want it to limit me from being able to do some badass things in the Coast Guard.


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    14 Jul 2008 03:01 AM
    I belive there at Air Stations.


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    15 Jul 2008 09:47 PM
    Wish I could help you out with this one.....one of my girls is an OS.....but she works on a 378 and I'm only familiar with the stuff she does there. I'm sure Trey is right, though. Most of the people in my daughter's OS A school class went to cutters but there are billets available elsewhere. Whether or not you might be offered one is another story. Hey, I heard you met my other daughter a few weeks ago. I figured the two of you would run into each other eventually. Good luck to you.

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    16 Jul 2008 02:27 AM
    haha yeah i did meet your daughter she is really cool! yeah i think i want to go OS and i DEFINETALY want to be on a cutter. i wish they were on patrol boats though cuz id love to be on one, as well as a bouy tender. but oh well. i know OS canbe on boarding teams but i hear MSST is way harder to get into as an OS. what is your daughter doing on her 378? where is she stationed?


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    16 Jul 2008 03:08 AM
    It depends on the air station but most air stations have a couple of OS's. YOu won't be doing much "badass" stuff at an air station as an OS though. Good luck if that is what you want.


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    16 Jul 2008 04:28 AM
    OS are wanted everywhere, so there are definitely air stations:P


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    16 Jul 2008 10:11 AM
    What does an OS do?!



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    16 Jul 2008 02:47 PM
    My OS daughter is in Alameda on the Boutwell. She works in Radio....think there are maybe six or seven OS's there and the rest work in Combat. I found a great explanation of what she does from a Boutwell newsletter that was sent out on a previous patrol. I know it's not the same as getting first hand info from somebody but this states it alot better than I ever could.

    The Communications Division is responsible for maintaining
    communications between Boutwell and “the
    rest of the world”, including other armed services, federal
    agencies and various civilian organizations. Each person is responsible
    for a multitude of tasks that need to be accomplished
    throughout the day. Some of these tasks include
    standing the Radio watch, which is maintained 24
    hours a day, 7 days a week while the ship is away from
    homeport. A radio watchstander has the responsibility
    of monitoring various circuits, satellites, and frequencies
    which keep Boutwell ready to handle any mission
    at any point in time. Other duties include transmitting
    and receiving all of the ships classified and unclassified
    messages, sending and receiving all of the ship’s
    mail, loading encryption codes in the ships radios,
    small boats, and helicopter, as well as troubleshooting
    equipment problems, and performing various other
    administrative duties. Although much of the work is
    behind the scenes, and behind locked doors, the Communications Division plays a vital role in the operational success and continued
    mission readiness of the ship.

    As far as the work in Combat goes, again, this explains it much better than I can.

    Working in the Combat Information Center (CIC), OS's collect, process, evaluate, and disseminate various types of information from air search radar, surface search radar, electronic signals, radio communications, intelligence, computerized command and control systems, and navigational equipment. Working closely with the bridge watchstanders, they ensure the safe navigation of the ship in time of limited visibility and congested vessel traffic. Underway OS's stand a four to eight hour watch, maintaining a constant radar surveillance advising the Commanding Officer and Officer of the Deck of any immediate traffic or hazards. OS's are an integral part of all missions, including search and rescue, protecting living marine resources, enforcement of laws and treaties, illegal migrant or narcotics interdiction, and military readiness.

    Hope that helps you alittle bit. Hope things are going well up there in Seattle, SA Alma! Take care of yourself.
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    16 Jul 2008 04:34 PM
    The operations specialist is the tactical command, control and communications rating. These specialists perform functions ranging from search -and-rescue and law enforcement operations, to combat information center operations. Operations Specialists operate the most advanced tactical computer systems the Coast Guard has, incorporating satellite communications, global position navigation, electronic charting systems to real-time target acquisition, tracking and identification utilizing a vast array of systems. An OS handles and coordinates operational case management functions, using state of the art system tools and team work.


    Types of Duty:
    Operations Specialists are stationed throughout the Coast Guard, including Alaska, Hawaii, and Guam. An OS enhances and uses all skill sets aboard cutters, and they apply their specialty knowledge in operational and communication centers that are located all throughout the United States. An OS often works with and along side policy-and decision-makers; members of other military branches; and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. Operations Specialists can expect to spend a majority of their careers as shift workers, staffing a 24 hour a day operation.

    Training Available:
    An OS can expect to receive extensive training in search-and-rescue planning system programs and tools, navigation and communications.

    Qualifications:
    To be an OS, you should have an interest in computers and communications, an aptitude for detailed work, and an above average ability in solving mathematical problems. You must have normal color vision.


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    16 Jul 2008 05:44 PM
    Thanks for adding that info, Trey. I also figured out that they have OS's at sectors, air stations, MSSTs, MSDs, MSUs, some of the cutters and I'm sure I'm forgetting something but there are definitely alot of opportunities. Plus the USCGC Midgett has some great info on their site about what their OS's do. You could always check that out. Oh yeah, I noticed you mentioned buoy tender, SA Alma. You should talk to your shipmate, my oldest, about that. She was on one up in Alaska for over a year and a half before she came to the Polar Sea. They didn't have any OS's onboard, though. I believe the bridge BM1 was in charge of communications and navigation but she could tell you more about that.

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    16 Jul 2008 06:26 PM
    Thanks!! They way my recruiter explained it, she made it seem really borring. In all honesty, not that bad!



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    20 Jul 2008 09:43 PM
    thanks for all the replies :) hey LTate, thank you especially for the info. your daughter tells me that her sister doesnt like her unit. does that have anything to do with the OS rate? anyways, sorry it took forever for me to respond. i never have time to go online cuz im always working on my quals and plus im messcooking this month


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    21 Jul 2008 12:16 PM
    I'll bet messcooking is a whole lot of fun. haha Nikole was pretty lucky because when she was on her first cutter doing that, her best friend was an FS so they got to hang out together all day. Made the work alittle easier, I think. As far as Danyell goes, I don't think it has anything to do with the work itself. She seems to like being an OS. She researched that alot before she went in plus her Dad was an OS in the Navy....he was able to describe the work to her....so she knew what she was getting into. She's just had problems adjusting in other ways.....probably very homesick, even though she won't admit it to me, having a hard time getting used to being on patrol for extended periods of time, things like that. But like I said, I honestly don't think it has anything to do with the rate. Good luck with your quals and next time you see Petty Officer Tetreault, tell her hey from me. : )

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    22 Jul 2008 03:46 AM
    thats really cool. i want to be on a 378 if i end up going OS. hopefully out of california somewhere. but yeah ill tell her you said hi  :)


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    24 Jul 2008 06:18 AM
    On the west coast OS's are co-located with air stations. They are Group/Air stations still and not Sectors. We perform everything from secure comms, secure message traffic, maritime search and rescue radio operators and the OS1/OS2 types also stand up the search and rescue controller jobs, otherwise known as OUC's (Operations Unit Controller) since they do more than just SAR.

    You don't fly with the helo's, unless you're going out on a area fam ride. We do work with the pilots very closely though, since we are the ones briefing them on their missions before they get airborne.


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    26 Jul 2008 04:06 AM
    that is badass!! i cant wait to go OS =D


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