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Thinking about joining USCG reserve
Last Post 15 Aug 2019 06:47 PM by CPORJM. 6 Replies.
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14 Aug 2019 05:01 PM

    I am 22 doing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in Florida International University, I also work full time in an Accounting form in Downtown Miami. I wanted to join the USCG just to do something besides Accounting just for the fun of it and also to receive an extra money every month since as I was told I would only be serving one weekend every month and 12 hours every year. I am interested in working as a Maritime Enforcement Specialist but before continuing this process of enlisting I had a couple concerns:

     

    <!--[if !supportLists]--> 1.      <!--[endif]-->When will I receive salary payment when I go to bootcamp for 3 weeks?

    <!--[if !supportLists]--> 2.      <!--[endif]-->When will I receive salary payment when I go to ME A School for 10 weeks?

    <!--[if !supportLists]--> 3.      <!--[endif]-->After that will I be able to find units near Miami to perform ME duties?

    <!--[if !supportLists]--> 4.      <!--[endif]-->Are there any obligations besides the one weekend every month and 12 hours every year?

     

    This questions are just because I have bills to pay and wont be able to afford being a month without salary, way less 3 months.

     

    Would appreciate any info I may be not asking.

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    14 Aug 2019 06:22 PM
    1. yes . Why wouldn't you? The CG isn't isn't expecting you to serve for free.

    2. yes

    3. You will be assigned to your unit before you leave for boot camp. There may or may not be any vacancies for the ME rating in your area. If there are not, you would have to agree to travel outside the Reasonable Commuting Distance (RCD-defined as 100 miles round trip from your home) if that's the job you have your heart set on.  Understand that this will be at your cost, and if it's any kind of distance, can take a bite out of junior enlisted pay 

    4 . It's 12 days, not 12 hours, annually. And the answer is yes. You could be activated should world or domestic events dictate. This could be from 30 days to one year.  The Reserve Component exists to supplement the Active Component as needed.  Just showing up one weekend a month and two weeks a year doesn't really benefit anyone
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    14 Aug 2019 08:34 PM
    You may also have to attend full Boot Camp as you are young and have no direct experience relating to the ME Rate.

    And it’s one weekend a month and two weeks a year, usually summer. Depends on the unit.
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    15 Aug 2019 08:14 AM
    I know I will get paid, but I dont really know when.

    Would it be after I finish or every 15 days?

    Thanks for the answers!!
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    15 Aug 2019 01:02 PM
    Posted By Rody2416 on 15 Aug 2019 09:14 AM
    I know I will get paid, but I dont really know when.

    Would it be after I finish or every 15 days?

    Thanks for the answers!!


    CG pays on the 1st and 15th of the month
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    15 Aug 2019 05:09 PM
    Chief, in his original post, I think he was asking "when" not "if".

    Rody, you're not going to the 3 week boot camp if all your experience is in accounting. You'll attend the full 8 week program. Again, like CPORJM said, you get paid on the 1st and 15th of each month. Again like he said, most of the time if there isn't a slot open at a unit around your location, you'll have to travel. I know the ME's are hurting for reserves but it all depends on location. If the spots aren't there, a lot of times they won't let you join.

    Plenty of guys and girls serve more than the 2 weeks a year, 1 WEEKEND a month. And again, you can be recalled if something is going on in your area.
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    15 Aug 2019 06:47 PM
    Posted By stealthtt24 on 15 Aug 2019 06:09 PM
    Chief, in his original post, I think he was asking "when" not "if".



    You're absolutely right.  My apologies to the OP
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