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Joining the Reserves?
Last Post 20 Oct 2016 05:28 PM by Daisy. 2 Replies.
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17 Oct 2016 05:13 PM
    So I've recently been considering joining the Coast Guard as a reservist. I haven't made a definite decision yet as I still have to figure out if A) This is a good idea for me, B) if this is the right decision for my family, and C) if I would get disqualified right out of the gate. This is where my questions come in. 

    First off, I am a 22 year old female, 5' 195 lbs. (yeah, I'd need to lose the weight). I just graduated from a private college with a BA in History and a 3.66 GPA. Currently I sell Legos for a living. My dream job is to be a park ranger, which is why I was considering joining the Coast Guard as I want a more military skillset and the experience would benefit my career choices. I also want to do something with my life. I'm looking to join sometime Fall-Winter of 2017 (getting married in April 2017 and I want to settle down with my husband a bit before leaving for basic). 

    Here are my concerns: I recently got away from my abusive father and am worried that my desire to join the Coast Guard Reserves might stem from a desire to further run away and/or to establish myself as a person independent from the influence of my father (I've lived on my own since 18, but he was still controlling). 

    My second concern is that I'm going to get disqualified on health concerns. My biggest culprits: childhood asthma, juvenile arthritis (very different from Rheumatoid, also a childhood thing), high functioning autism, and a general anxiety disorder. The first two are dignosies acquired before 13 and have not bothered me since I hit puberty, the last two I picked up at 18. By the time I am looking to join, I would not have taken medication for anxiety in over 2 years and would have been working full time with no accomodations for over a year. I am VERY high functioning, have no trouble living independently, and have held a steady job for over 5 years. I worked all through college and did have any work accomodations during that time. The only accomodations I have ever received for autism were extended testing time in college. 

    So there's everything. Would I even be able to try or would I just get shown the door?
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    20 Oct 2016 08:56 AM
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the autism will be a show stopper. You may have not needed any work accommodations for your civilian job, but remember, the CG is a branch of the military service. Different animal altogether.
    "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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    20 Oct 2016 05:28 PM
    Thanks for the reply. I've gone ahead and contacted a recruiter with this question because I figured the worst they could tell me is no, I'm not holding out much hope though.
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