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Going From Air Force to Coast Guard
Last Post 01 Jun 2017 08:50 PM by ebee. 2 Replies.
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31 May 2017 04:07 PM
    Hello all, I was wondering if there was anyone here that made the switch from the Air Force to the Coast Guard. I'm just thinking about my options for the future and am considering trying something out something different. I'm currently in my second enlistment which will be up in early 2019. If so, what was the hardest adjustment from one branch to the other? Did you keep your rank? How do you like the Coast Guard compared to the Air Force? Is the Coast Guard more stressful for your family? Keeping my rank would be important to me, obviously, but not a complete deal breaker. I'm a SSgt/E-5. Guidance on this topic seems pretty vague to me on the gocoastguard website. A job that seemed interesting to me was MST. I am a weather forecaster in the Air Force and I know MST's attend our weather forecaster course at Keesler AFB, MS. I figure my prior experience/training would help with getting a MST job and may help with keeping my rank.
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    31 May 2017 04:35 PM
    Sorry, just realized there is a prior service section *facepalm*.
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    01 Jun 2017 08:50 PM
    You will need to look in to TIS limits for prior service if you are on your second enlistment. Also, unless you are going reserves, be prepared to drop to E3 and put your name on an A School list like every other recruit as there is no guaranteed A School for MST, and I am 99.9999% sure you wouldn't be able to make a lateral switch into the MST rating. The wait for MST is over a year which would make you an E3 for a while. I've met plenty of people who made the switch and are willing to take the drop in rank, but most had only done 4 years in their prior service.
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