Hi Gentlemen, (and Ladies!)
First and foremost let me say thank you for all the information that many of you have already provided on this website. I have been browsing every Prior Service and rate related topic I can find on this forum and any other random information I can find online.
With that being said I'll give the standard background information about myself before I dive into my questions. I am currently 19 years old, and E-4, and have 2 years and 5 months of service with the NC National Guard as an Infantrymen (I am aware that this MOS does not carry over into a Coast Guard Rating). I carry a few standard certifications with the Army that I already know do not apply towards the Coast Guard either. I also have 30 s.h. of college through East Carolina Unv. I'm aware that I will have to obtain a conditional release from my NG unit which will not be a problem as I've already talked over some of my options with my commander.
So my general questions are listed below:
1. From the way that the CG website reads I would have to enlist as an E1 possibly? Does the CG offer any E3 enlistment options (for example a 6 year contract like the Army does)
2. Is the Open Rate List talked about on the CG website for CG Reserve only or for Active also? I'm aware that Active CG has critical rates and that FS is usually the only job offered on that list.
3. I know this last question's answer is subject to change at anytime, but how long is the average waiting period for Gunner's Mate? I looked at the list and it appeared to be a lot shorter of a list than some of the other A Schools.