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24 Dec 2015 10:16 AM
    Hello,

    I have been out of the Army for about two years, and am currently going to college. I have plans to possibly join the Coast Guard after I graduate. I spent time in Ranger Regiment as an infantryman. I am interested in the various Coast Guard tactical teams. The Coast Guard is like another world to me, and I haven't met a single person who is currently serving in the Coast Guard, so I am here seeking information.
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    24 Dec 2015 10:37 PM
    Thank you for your prior service. Best of luck. Please let us know what we can answer to help make things make sense.
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    25 Dec 2015 07:28 AM
    Welcome. Are you planning to join after graduation? You need a high ASVAB score and watch the age limit.
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    26 Dec 2015 11:49 AM
    Old Guard2,

    Thank you it is much appreciated.

    m1ashooter,

    That would be my plan, yes. I will probably be 28 by the time I graduate so I will have to move fast. On the CG website it states that the prior service age limit is 29, is this accurate? I am guessing the CG has higher standards, but there was some sort of standard that had to be met to join Army SOF and I was able to meet that. I know I will have to retake it by the time I graduate, however. (Out of my window to use previous score)
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    27 Dec 2015 09:31 AM
    AFQT score min is 50. The age limit is the kicker and it can take it seems forever to get through the enlistment process so factor at least six months fore the process into your time line to be safe. How much time do have left in school? If you are close to finishing then you might want to start the enlistment process and then finish your degree online if the school offers that as an option.

    Thank you for protecting our nation and my family. Did you get get tab with the regiment? I meet a young man last week on the range who was home on leave assigned to the Rangers.
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    27 Dec 2015 10:03 AM
    M1ashooter,

    The score minimum was the same when I went into the Army so I think I'd be ok if I have to retake it. I still have about 3 years. If I decide to go ahead with it I will probably start the enlistment process the beginning of my last year, so that my ship date would coincide immediately after graduation. I saw that the age limit for someone with an A school assignment is 32. Is it possible to join with a rating or does everyone go in unrated?

    I appreciate it. Yes I did get a tab, although the school took a bit longer than I had wished.
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    27 Dec 2015 01:23 PM
    Posted By NewMexican275 on 27 Dec 2015 11:03 AM
     Is it possible to join with a rating or does everyone go in unrated?


    Greetings..You won't be rated until graduation from A School (CG's version of AIT).  The only exception to this is Reservists who are enlisted as Petty Officers, due to their civilian job experience.

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    27 Dec 2015 01:29 PM
    CPORJM,

    Do you get assigned to an A School directly after Basic Training, or do you spend the first part of your career as unrated? Or does that just depend on your contract?
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    27 Dec 2015 11:30 PM
    The way it works is that you'll graduate from boot camp as an E-2 (E-3 if you have a certain number of college credits, 60 I believe it is) and go off to your first unit. Once there, you'll need to wait a minimum of four months before placing your name on the list of the A School you wish to attend. At that point it's a matter of waiting until your name comes up on the list. Depending on the school, you may have no wait, or the wait can be 18 months or more. The exception to the four month wait are the FS (Food Services) and OS (Operations Specialist, the Comms guys) ratings. You can place your name on those lists immediately. Look here for further...http://www.uscg.mil/epm/docs/A-SchoolList.pdf
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    01 Jan 2016 09:45 AM
    OP: I'm assuming you were on active duty. Active duty prior service (PS) applicants will come into the USCG as an E3 if you held that rank or higher. Your active duty time will be subtracted from your current age to come up with a "constructed age". If you have 4 years active your "age" for enlistment purposes would be 24. Currently we have 5 critical rates/jobs/MOS. They all have enlistment bonuses. Operations Specialist, Food Service Specialist, Machinery Technician, Electronics Technician, Electricians Mate. You could get one of those guaranteed in your contract and go straight to A-School after basic training. If you do not want one of those ratings then you would enlist as an E3, do basic, go to first unit, select a rating after 6 months in the USCG, go to A-School once your at the top of the A-School list. While your "waiting" you will be actively engaged in USCG missions in a myriad of capacities. AST may not be critical but the wait time is very short. If you've already been through a rigorous training program and have kept in shape I would look at AST. Great job. Or any aviation rating really. I'm an AET.
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    04 Jan 2016 02:54 PM
    When did MK go critical?
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    04 Jan 2016 04:33 PM
    Posted By Gears on 04 Jan 2016 03:54 PM
    When did MK go critical?

    something mustve happen. changes, people leaving, no idea. ive noticed that the critical ratings are usually the "uncool" stuff no one wants to do. FS has been critical for awhile now and im pretty sure its because its not "cool" to be in the kitchen all day cooking and doing dishes lol if it were "uncool" to be working on helicopters and flying around all day im pretty sure the aviation ratings would be the critical ones.

    i for one like turning wrenches so i have no idea why such a great rating like MK went critical. some sort of change i guess. maybe no more going out doing LE missions (which is "cool") and more sitting around working on boats and nothing else? who knows...
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    04 Jan 2016 08:14 PM
    MK has been critical since about October. Read your messages folks, lol. I joined as an AET when it was critical. It almost went critical again and AMT3 is critical now but no bonuses or A School being offered. So it isnt correct to think rates are critical because they are uncool. It's simply a matter of manpower and in some cases folks get overwhelmed by the responsibility of a rate they chose simply for fast advancement or for a bonus.
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    04 Jan 2016 08:15 PM
    To add on, I suppose if you don't have access to messages you can't check.......oops.
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    05 Jan 2016 04:59 AM
    I don't think it's about not being cool, MKs are cool in the engine room at full speed on the equator. It's cyclical. I've been around long enough to see the A school lists fluctuate pretty violently. It was just a tad shocking to see MK can be guaranteed now.
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    05 Jan 2016 08:14 AM
    hopefully with all the incentives being offered they get more people to go MK. lets see what happens.
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