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Go in as officer or not?
Last Post 12 Aug 2017 06:14 PM by cgnoob. 5 Replies.
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11 Aug 2017 09:09 AM
    My son is in the process of joining the coast guard so I don't know much about the process. He did well on the ASVAB test and his recruiter suggested going straight from boot camp to A School for Electronics Technician. He also said son should consider enlisting for 6 years and going in as an officer. My son is 20 and did not go to college. 

    He's trying to figure out if going in as an officer is a good thing or if this a recruiting tactic to get people to commit to 6 years. Are there benefits to being an officer other than the salary? Do you get better assignment or housing or something? It is obvious I don't know much about military life. 

    Any other suggestions welcome. 
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    11 Aug 2017 09:53 AM
    I hope I can help. Recruiting enlistment contracts seem to change sometimes they only offer 4 years and it sounds like the 6 year contract may be back. I don't believe the recruiter is playing any tricks to get your son to enlist as the USCG is very selective and have more wanting to join then they have room for.

    Your son must have a college degree and be accepted in an Officers Training Program to become an Officer. What the recruiter might be saying is if your son enlists in certain critically manned jobs that when he gets out of Boot Camp and A School he will become a Petty Officer.

    There is a lot of information on the web. You can google a question and normally find your answer however some of it is dated.
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    11 Aug 2017 02:05 PM
    He is joining the Coast Guard either way. He's deciding between four years and six years. Does everyone that finishes basic training and A school come out as a petty officer?   I'm not sure what the benefit of enlistening for six years would be then. I think he must've misunderstood the recruiter because from everything I'm reading you can only be an officer if you've been to college. Is this correct?
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    11 Aug 2017 02:39 PM
    You can go to OCS without having finished college. As an enlisted person you must be in service 5 years, be an E5 or higher and have completed at least 60 college credits. Then you can go to OCS without your degree. Johnny Off The Street with no college degree will not be attending OCS. But can in the future as a Petty Officer. Yes, upon completion of A School they graduate as an E4 Petty Officer Third Class. There are some instances where the school is short and they don't have time in grade, so they will be an SNOS (Seaman Operation Specialist) SNBM (Seaman Boatswain Mate) etc. Once they have time in grade, they can do what is needed to make E4 and be "just" an OS or BM, etc. They used to offer a bonus for a 6 year enlistment, check to see if that is still available.

    The benefit to being an Officer over an Enlisted person is pay, is respect given (not necessarily earned, that is 2 different things), sometimes housing (depends on the unit and what is available), they do get more BAH if they are on the economy. Certainly more responsibility. But there is nothing wrong with being a damn fine enlisted man. My ex was an Officer, our son is enlisted. A lot of people ask why he doesn't go to OCS. He just wants to be a good Petty Officer and some day a good, crusty, sea worn old Chief. I'm happy with that. If he is comfortable and happy and does a good job, that's what the CG wants and needs. One is only better than the other because someone desires to be one over the other.
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    11 Aug 2017 09:55 PM
    Well stated Old Guard. Myself, wife and my sons Grandfather were all USAF Officers. I too would like to see my son as a Chief. As we know the senior enlisted force are the ones who make things happen in the service branches.
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    12 Aug 2017 06:14 PM
    Thank you all for the information. I didn't know there was a difference between Commissioned officer and the other types of officer. It makes sense now. Thanks for help.
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