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What are the Officer Rates?
Last Post 15 Feb 2019 10:08 PM by hessamoddin. 12 Replies.
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28 May 2015 06:57 PM
    What are the current rates of Commissioned Officers in the USCG? The only one I know of for sure is Aviator. Thanks!
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    28 May 2015 07:20 PM
    Commissioned officers do not have rates, nor is Aviator one. Rates are for Petty Officers only, while Warrant Officers have specialties
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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    28 May 2015 11:17 PM
    So how do they like..."describe" what the specialty of a commissioned officer is? Are there certain enlisted rates where you are more likely to be accepted into OCS? Do commissioned officers even have certain specialties?
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    29 May 2015 05:42 PM
    I already answered that question. Commissioned officers don't have specialties. They're generalists. A commissioned officer can be a division officer on a vessel during one tour, be a supply officer at a shore command on the next tour, then maybe an intelligence assignment could be next. The only officers that have specialties are warrant officers.
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    29 May 2015 06:13 PM
    Read through the recruiting website here: http://www.gocoastguard.com/active-...school-ocs

    And look at the FAQ section which specifically addresses your question: http://www.gocoastguard.com/active-...nities/faq
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    29 May 2015 06:15 PM
    The career fields for officers are Afloat, aviation, prevention, and response. As stated, you do not do one specific job but generally move around in one of the fields.
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    29 May 2015 07:03 PM
    The exception to that is aviation. Once you are trained to be a pilot, you won't be going in to another type of billet. The most "out of aviation" you might be is at a headquarters unit. Even then, you will be dealing with aviation policy, rules, budget, etc. So if you like aviation, that is one area that once you are in, you are in. The problem is that it is hard to get there.
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    14 Jun 2015 08:07 PM
    Posted By ejhcougar on 29 May 2015 08:03 PM
    The exception to that is aviation. Once you are trained to be a pilot, you won't be going in to another type of billet. The most "out of aviation" you might be is at a headquarters unit. Even then, you will be dealing with aviation policy, rules, budget, etc. So if you like aviation, that is one area that once you are in, you are in. The problem is that it is hard to get there.
     Same applies if you come in through a DCO programs that have critical fills, you will most likely stay within your specialty throughout your career.

    Here is Mission Support Career Guide - Officer Specialities:

    http://www.uscg.mil/opm/Opm4/opm4do...0Guide.pdf


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    15 Jun 2015 07:54 AM
    ejhcougar,

    your information is incorrect. You can go to non-aviation billets even if you were trained as a pilot. It happens all of the time. You won't be going afloat but you can go non-aviation. The billet doesn't even have to relate to aviation policy. There is a balance though. If you choose to go to non-aviation billets for more than 6 consecutive years, you will not get back into aviation for the rest of your career. I know pilots who have gone to be liaisons in foreign countries, worked as controllers, worked in budgeting (non-aviation), personnel, heck at least one has even carried the football for the President.

    So you are not destined to remain in aviation if you become a pilot.
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    15 Jun 2015 11:58 AM
    There is a pilot teaching at the Academy now.
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    15 Jun 2015 11:58 AM
    Double post. No excuse.
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    15 Jun 2015 05:25 PM
    LCDR Marcus Canady (class of 2000) went to sea for his first billet, then to flight school, then served as a pilot for 7 years before becoming a financial analyst at HQ.  

    He is currently the Military Aide to Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
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    15 Feb 2019 10:08 PM
    Officers do have specialty codes which they can qualify and apply for based on a pre-defined combination of education, experience, and certifications/qualifications. Look for Officer Specialty Codes (OSCs). As an officer, you can qualify for more than one OSC. Some info can be found at Coast Guard All Hands.
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