I have passed my physical and am talking with the recruiter about coast guard jobs. Long story but my problem is I’m being told I have to go in non-rated and then once boot camp is over I can request an “A” school. I was mostly interested in ME which I’m being told there are 300+ on the list and can’t even request the school but was also think IS would be a field I would enjoy. I’ve talked with the recruiter has told me all the success stories of finding the right path.
My major concern is the recruiter said I’m qualified for BM, CS, ME, MK, OS and YN. Since I’m not qualified for IS I can request a unit waiver once having served as a nonrate and request the school. Based on what I have read here that doesn’t seem right. I’ve been told everyone has to put their time in but besides the ME the jobs don’t seem something I’m interested in.
It’s been really hard to try and talk with the recruiter as they don’t come to my area at all. My dad has worked with members who either ETS’d or retired but they always tell me a lot has changed. They told me they got a lot out of it and recommended it to me but this not having a job/school thing is foreign to all my other family members which have served in other branches. I’m The little I’ve found out I have been interested in for the last 4 years but getting current information is hard. Since I’m just starting out I want to make the smartest decision I can but so much I don’t understand.