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Considering joining the USCG
Last Post 28 Jun 2016 08:47 AM by CPORJM. 3 Replies.
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23 Jun 2016 08:51 AM
    Hello all. My name is Susie. Im 29 years old, from NJ and am considering joining the USCG. I feel I could use some direction in my life, some discipline as well and I think I could find that in the USCG.  My friend was Auxiliary and recently took me for a small tour at the Cape May facility. I loved it! I was excited to be there and imagine myself part of every thing.

    If I were to join, I want to go in to Reserves, as I want to remain close to home. I also have a 4 year degree, which ( I believe) means I could enter as an officer.
    Im here to do research on the experience of others and pick up some advice.

    Thanks


     
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    23 Jun 2016 11:45 AM
    Greetings, I've been a CG Reservist for nearly 15 years, so I can give you some info. Since you have a Bachelor's degree, you'd qualify for the Direct Entry Education Program. This means you'd attend DEPOT, an abbreviated boot camp (3 weeks vs. the regular 8) and come in as an E3. You would not be eligible to enter directly as an officer, as the Selected Reserve Direct Commission (SRDC) program requires you to have prior military service, or be a currently serving member of the CG Reserve. Now what you could do, is enlist, do a few years as a Reservist, and then apply for SRDC.

    As for enlisting in the Reserves, you must understand you can only enlist if there are local openings in the job field you're interested in. If there are none, then you don't enlist, or agree to travel (on your own dime) to an area that has units with the job you're interested in.

    Good luck and let me know if you have any further questions
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    28 Jun 2016 08:35 AM
    Thank you for taking the time to answer. I have further questions, I tried to PM you but I was unable to
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    28 Jun 2016 08:47 AM
    Just sent you a test message via PM
    "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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