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Will I have a say in where I’m stationed after OCS?
Last Post 13 Jun 2019 01:30 PM by twentypercent. 1 Replies.
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13 Jun 2019 11:56 AM

    I am a 19 year old sophomore in college who is extremely interested in joining the Coast Guard after I get my BA is Geography and Environment. I plan on attending OCS after I get my degree and was wondering if I’ll have any say in where I’m stationed- I have a serious girlfriend who I intend on marrying after we both get our degrees but she wants to pursue her own career path in the corporate world. I don’t want to break up with her but I also want to be able to achieve my dream of going active duty. Will I have a chance of getting into OCS with a solid GPA in a BA program? Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated.

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    13 Jun 2019 01:30 PM
    You will be able to list your preferences for billets (you'll get a spreadsheet with 50-100 options), and will learn where you will be going around Week 11. There is no guarantee of getting your top choice billet or even a top-5 billet, nor are you even guaranteed a community (afloat, prevention, aviation, response). The Coast Guard generally tries to locate spouses together, but you have to be prepared for the idea that your spouse will be working in (e.g.) NYC, and you are sent to a cutter based out of Alameda. Further, if you do get an afloat billet, you may be out at sea for 2-3 months at a time for a period of 18 months to 2 years.

    The military lifestyle is famously brutal on young marriages. You need to discuss these possibilities with your SO and make sure they're going to be okay with it/at least tolerate it, and know what to expect. If she isn't, you probably need to choose between AD and her, because it's really unfair to stumble into the service/marriage with the hope that everything will be fine.

    EDIT> USCG OCS is very competitive for non-prior service applicants. You need to make sure you're building your resume now while you're in college if you want a realistic chance of getting in. Consider doing CSPI if your college qualifies, or volunteering with the aux if it doesn't.
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