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USN MA to USCG
Last Post 18 May 2018 11:40 AM by F_Inzo. 4 Replies.
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23 Apr 2018 04:40 PM
    Hey forums,

    In a quick summary I was a Master-at-Arms in the USN for 4 years.  Loved it but always wanted to be on boats (not ships so much).  I'm a physically fit individual (prior SWCC contract) so I am hoping to get onto one of the USCG TACLET style teams.  

    Anyway I am trying to decide which route will be better ME or BM?  I really love being a coxswain as well as general law enforcement responsibilities.   Any guidance from prior service USN or Active/Prior USCG would be greatly appreciated!  

    Side note.  My fiance is active USCG as well and is pushing me to go active USCG vs. active USN in order to have better co-location picks and duty stations.

    Thanks!
    -Frank
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    24 Apr 2018 09:02 PM
    Whether you choose BM or ME, your decision should be based on the duties and responsibilities of that rate. You could request a TACLET billet, and then get a cutter on the Great Lakes. You can ask for palm trees and get penguins. Needs of the service always come first. Keep in mind, you probably would not be able to do TACLET teams your entire career; as it is a unit comprised of billets that you have to compete for, just like every other unit. In short, do not choose a rate just because of one billet at a particular unit. The Assignment Officers (AOs) are always saying, keep your dream sheets diverse.

    I don't know about ME, but the BM rating requires sea time for advancement. And if you want to be competitive, that might mean a lot of sea time. BM is a sea-going rate and you will have to go to sea, to gain sea time. Sea time means ships. Some BMs go on buoy tenders and construction tenders and do ATON their whole careers. Some BMs do white hulls and stations. BM is a very diverse rate and only a small percentage of BM billets are at TACTLETs.

    I'm not saying, don't do it. What I am saying is, be familiar with all of the units BMs can go to, which is almost every unit in the Coast Guard. Be realistic about what you are getting into and do it for the right reasons.
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    27 Apr 2018 05:07 PM
    Something to understand is that, unlike the USN, any rate in the CG (with the exception of aviation) can do law enforcement. You don't have to limit yourself to the ME rating. If you're thinking about making the CG a career and want command experience, you'd do well to really consider the BM rating. It's not uncommon for a BMCS to command a 87' patrol boat or a small boat station. As a BM1 you can be XPO of that same 87' patrol boat.
    "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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    06 May 2018 12:47 AM
    If you want special ops type stuff, most of those billets are for ME. However that school list is now closed temporarily. Keep a close eye on it for when it opens. It's currently at the 3 1/2 yr wait time. BM can go too but at a much lesser extent. The MSRT direct action and precision marksman stuff, TACLET, almost all exclusively ME. Yes BM can do LE stuff too but its generally recreational boating stuff and checking silly things like life jackets and fire extinguishers.

    If you wanna go after the big fish ( hehe) go ME.
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    18 May 2018 11:40 AM
    Appreciate all the information everyone!
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