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How hard is it to join the Coast Guard?
Last Post 16 Sep 2016 03:13 AM by Metzler18. 19 Replies.
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09 Sep 2016 03:16 PM
    Hello all, new member here. And for the past few years I have been looking into joining the U.S.C.G (haven't talked to any of the recruiters because I want to make sure this is what I want to do, but I'm afraid I'll get out of high school (currently a senior) and not be accepted. I've never had any surgeries or medical problems, and no criminal record. I have never taken the ASVAB test but is there a certain score that I need to be even considered? I heard a rumor of them only taking "quality" recruits. Its the only branch I'm interested in and it's my only plan as of now for after high school. I don't want to drop the whole thing either.. Any help? Now I don't know for sure because I haven't even talked to a recruiter but I just want to make sure I could be sort of eligible for the U.S.C.G and not waste all my time and my recruiters time if I wasn't even going to be considered at the least.
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    09 Sep 2016 03:43 PM
    First off, pay no attention to rumors, especially ones as vague as what you've mentioned. The only way you're going to know if you're a viable candidate is to contact a recruiter.
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    09 Sep 2016 03:55 PM
    Now my situation is pretty difficult considering I'm hours away from a Coast Guard recruiting office in Arizona (There is only 1) Is there anyway I can find out this information without having to drive all that way?
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    09 Sep 2016 04:25 PM
    Yeah. You can call them.
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    10 Sep 2016 05:18 PM
    I live 3 hours from the nearest recruiter, I initiated contact through email, any paperwork I needed to fill out was sent through email by my recruiter and I printed it, filled it out and mailed it back. My recruiter has been very accommodating with my distance from the office. But like its been said before, fill out the pre-screen application online, and the recruiter will contact you, at least that's how it worked for me.
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    10 Sep 2016 11:58 PM
    I believe you must has a min of 40 on the AFQT. You have much to gain and not much to loose exploring the USCG. If you meet the ASVAB requirements and physical requirements and present yourself well to a recruiter then you have a very good chance of enlisting. Each branch has a weight requirement. If you aren't over the max then reach out. Your first meeting is basically a job interview. Dress nicely, have a hair cut, shake the recruiters hand firmly and look them in the eye. Check with your guidance councilor and see if they are administer the ASVAB to you. My son took his durning his junior year.
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    11 Sep 2016 12:08 AM
    You also may never meet your recruiter. Your interview could be over the phone or through emails.
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    11 Sep 2016 01:35 AM
    If I were to contact a recruiter via email, would he be able to tell if I'd be anywhere eligible for the Coast Guard? Also, during January of 2017, my school will be giving out the ASVAB test and I will be taking the test, and it is supposedly sent to all recruiters of all branches, so that's that.. also what is AFQT?
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    11 Sep 2016 07:00 AM
    The CG is spread so thin they quite often have to make determinations based solely on emails and phone calls. We aren't making this up, we aren't telling you email is fine, only so we can laugh and say ha got 'em to fall for it.
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    11 Sep 2016 11:35 AM
    The AFQT is what determines if you have scored high enough on the ASVAB to qualify for enlistment. If you are within weight standards, have no criminal record, no history of a medical condition the would prevent you from enlisting, then stop being concerned that you will be rejected.

    Boot camp is very hard and stressful. Start getting ready, look at the PT requirements and start working on them now.
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    11 Sep 2016 03:01 PM
    I'm working hard right now to get into shape, running 3 and a half miles every night, and doing lots of push-ups/sit ups.
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    12 Sep 2016 07:56 PM
    Your AFQT score comes from the Arithmetic Reasoning, Mathematics knowledge, paragraph comprehension, and word knowledge sections of the ASVAB.  This score can range from 1-99, the higher the better.  I believe the Coast Guard requires an AFQT score of 45 to be eligible to enlist but obviously you want to score much higher than that to be competitive as an applicant.  Study your basic algebra, trig, and geometry and you will do fine on the math sections. Don't neglect other parts of the test though, those scores are also important to determine what ratings you qualify for.
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    13 Sep 2016 03:36 AM
    ASVAB requirement was lowered to 36 during FY16. I believe it will stay the same but a quick call to a recruiter to confirm FY17 requirements is in order.
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    13 Sep 2016 03:14 PM
    I plan to study hard so I can get some of the best jobs available. Thanks for your help guys! Going to be looking into it relatively soon, just busy with school at the moment!
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    13 Sep 2016 03:23 PM
    Hoping when I take the ASVAB, I can get a high enough score to be able to be a "maritime enforcement specialist" Does anyone know what score you need to pursue this career in the CG? (I know about the A School and the waiting time for it)
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    13 Sep 2016 06:08 PM
    Here are a couple links that may help.

    https://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/AdminServices/asvab.asp

    https://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/AdminServices/cgmilcareerdev.asp#aschools

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    15 Sep 2016 02:59 PM
    My son is about to graduate from bootcamp and he just graduated from high school in June. He was 17 when he went i (tuned 18 a week into training). If you are 17 mom & dad will have to sign papers. We did that doe him they put him in the Delayed Entry program until he graduated then gave him a date to report.
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    15 Sep 2016 03:31 PM
    I turned 18 on Aug 27th.. I just have to wait to talk to a recruiter, but kind of holding it off for now. I think I could join, no medical problems or criminal history. Just need to take the ASVAB.
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    15 Sep 2016 10:15 PM
    Go for. My son graduated HS early, went to boot camp at 18, turned 19 while he was on his first Drug Interdiction Patrol, he stands watch at the helm and lookout aboard a 210ft ship, has sailed through the Panama Canal twice, while on his first patrol his ship captured $112 million dollars in drugs, rescued a sea turtle, probably saved the lives of a bunch of people in small boats in the Caribbean and visited countries for free that others pay to visit. All these adventures in the last seven months because he followed his dream.  You can to!
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    16 Sep 2016 03:13 AM
    Oh my! That's insanely awesome! That only makes me want to join even more :') it's been something I've been onto for years now, hopefully soon I can make this dream a reality! Thank you for the encouragement! Thanks to your son for his service!
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