I'm just a dad who's kid is wanting to serve in the Coast Guard. I served in the Navy back in the 80's. I know things have changed since I went to boot camp at San Diego. I just have one question is the BM rate in the coast guard the same as the BM rate in the Navy? I know we called BMs deck apes, and other not so pleasant things. Reason why I ask is my son wants to be A BM. All i see is him having a paint scraper in one hand an needle gun in the other for his whole enlistment. He wants to be an ME, but his recruiter told him the wait is to long for A School. You can do the same thing as a BM. So why have the ME rating if the BM does the same thing? Maybe someone can answer that question? And my rate was HM2 in the navy.