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Do I have a reasonable chance at getting into AST School?
Last Post 19 Oct 2017 08:11 AM by Old Guard2. 5 Replies.
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18 Oct 2017 09:42 AM
    Hello all

    As of now I am a Jr. in college studying both Psychology and History but recently came to realize that I would like to join the USCG after graduation, doing my best to become an AST. 
    Now I know that neither major has much to do with the career, but I'd like to know if I have a real chance based on the following:

    -I have been an Ocean Lifeguard in NJ for 5 seasons and have real experience in making rough water rescues, administratoring CPR and applying first aid. 
    -Lifelong swimmer (2yrs of which at the College level) and track/XC runner in HS. 
    - Very comfortable in the ocean
    -Work out often with a large emphasis on cardio and calisthenics 
    - I've worked under a contractor for a bit and have a good grasp on using tools
    - I genuinely want to serve our country 

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    I am not very strong in Math or Computer workings
    I (very stupidly) have a class B Misdemeanor for Possession of Marijuana from when I was 18. This has been expunged/sealed and I haven't smoked since, but any government job can see it on my record 

    Thank you for any and all advice, it is all appreciated! 
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    18 Oct 2017 10:53 AM
    Yes you do as long as you can get through MEPS. AST school is very demanding and has a very high washout out rate. Prepare yourself for it. If you can talk to a few AST's about what they do. Good luck and have you talked with a recruiter yet. Be up front with the pot bust.
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    18 Oct 2017 11:38 AM
    Thanks for the feedback! I haven't talked to a recruiter yet but I plan to once midterms are through. Any advice on what to ask about when I do?
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    18 Oct 2017 11:58 AM
    The misdemeanor is going to be a little tough. Not impossible so don't get to hung up on it. Just be straight up honest. None of your training matters in helping you get there. It very possibly could help you staying there. You need to score high enough on the ASVAB to qualify, which you should be able to do. You need to pass the flight physical and be able to pass the A School. It isn't easy. Mentally & physically it is said to be the hardest A School in the CG.

    As far as what to ask, well that's up to you. What do you want to know? You can ask the recruiter about his/her career in the CG. What rating are they? Would they offer an opinion on areas better to be stationed. Now that one is subjective. My son's recruiter was all south, Florida, Puerto Rico, Mississippi, anywhere south and hot. My son was born on Kodiak and lived in Alaska, Louisiana when he was 2, Virginia and back to Alaska. South & hot is not my son's cup of tea. But it was great hearing what Chief had to say about those areas. You can ask what happens if you don't get through A School because it can happen. But there are 2 ways of looking at this... can and cannot. Go in with a complete CAN DO attitude about anything and everything. If you think you might fail, you probably will.

    Until you get to a recruiter, feel free to ask questions here. We'll answer best we can. It might even lead to more questions and you can ask those to the recruiter. Have a pad set aside for questions and take it with you.
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    18 Oct 2017 09:03 PM
    Great advice, and I hope your soon is doing well.
    Honesty is the best policy and I have no intentions of trying to cover up my mistake.

    Just out of curiosity, where has your son been stationed and where has he liked it worst/best? Personally I'd like to stay in the Northeast, but the west coast seems interesting too.


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    19 Oct 2017 08:11 AM
    Well he was born into a CG family, his dad is a retired Captain. So he was born on Kodiak. It went like this... Kodiak, New Orleans, Valdez AK, Washington DC, Anchorage AK, Juneau AK. Then he came to live with me in NJ. We moved to Texas. Then he enlisted in the CG. First station was the Seneca in Boston. Then A School in Petaluma, CA. After that the Midgett in Seattle. Now Sector Staten Island, NY. As much as I say we did not want south, he and his wife are hoping maybe for Charleston, SC as the next assignment. He loves being on Staten Island, he hates being at a Sector. He wants boat life. He didn't exactly choose the best rating for boat life, he is an OS (Operations Specialist). Yes, they are on boats but not as many opportunities. He was not all that crazy about Seattle. It is a little different out in the PNW, people are a bit, well, odd. Lovable and friendly, but odd. He did like the ship.

    Look at it like this... where are you from? I'm going to guess the NE because you say you would like to stay here. Ok, that's fine. But the NE will always be here. It isn't going anywhere. Will you ever have the chance to say you lived in Alaska? Hawaii? Oregon? Alabama? Probably not if you stay a civilian. But in the CG, think of the places you can go, the things you can see, the different foods, people, music, culture... Then you can go home to the NE and tell your friends that have never left the tri-state all about the incredible places you've LIVED and they'll probably never even visit!!!!! I'm a Jersey girl through and through, I'm back in Jersey now and loving it. But I've lived in 8 states, I've been to 48 states, missing only Hawaii and Kansas. I've driven cross country multiple times, often taking the more local highways and back roads, not interstates. It has been AWESOME! I work with a woman that moved from Union, NJ to Piscataway, NJ and she thought that was a BIG MOVE! BAHAHAHA, I can move further than that next Tuesday if the wind blows the right way. My point?? If you decide to do this, take advantage of what's available!!!!!!!
    Sector NY, Staten Island
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