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Last Post 18 Dec 2019 05:44 AM by ACWest. 7 Replies.
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09 Sep 2019 09:55 AM
    Good afternoon,

    I am new to the Forum, I’m sorry for any duplications but I had a few questions. I’m 32 years old, live in Columbus, GA and have been with DHS as a law enforcement officer for the past 5 years. I am interested in the ME rate as I feel it relates directly to my civilian career. Given my current location I understand I will be traveling a considerable distance to drill. My questions are; if my civilian job (DHS) moves me to another state, can I transfer to a closer unit? Does it depend on current billets? I graduated FLETC UPTP in 2014, would I be exempt from “A” school for ME rate? Is the IV rate something I could apply for? I’m currently an 1801 with a DHS agency, not an 1811, not sure if I would be a contender. I have a BA and completing my Masters and hold a TS Clearance for what it’s worth. I know I’m late to the game but I have a strong desire to serve and feel the USCGR would be an excellent fit. 

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    09 Sep 2019 02:31 PM
    Greetings....If your civilian employer moves you, it's possible to transfer units. That's assuming an open billet is available. If nothing is open, then you will be travelling to your old unit to drill, as it's your responsibility to ensure you meet participation requirements. I do not recommend junior enlisted travel outside the Reasonable Commuting Distance (RCD=100 miles round trip from zip code of residence), as it will eat up far too much of your pay, since you will be responsible for travel costs outside the RCD.

    Exemption from A School would require a Rate Determination Package to be submitted by your recruiter to the ME Rating Force Master Chief. This would outline your LE skills and experience to see if you qualify for an A School waiver. Graduation from FLETC does not in and of itself exempt your from A School. Typically ME A School waivers are granted to those who have graduated from a police academy and have experience as a patrol cop, investigator, etc.

    In order to apply for the IV rating, you must be a sworn LEO (Fed, State, or Local) . Since you're not an 1811, you would not qualify.

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    10 Sep 2019 05:52 PM
    Thank you for the reply. I am an sworn officer with the US Secret Service and have arrest powers, investigation powers, however, most of our job is protection and not the traditional patrol officer. I could see how that wouldn’t be a fit for Investigator rate. I will reach out to a recruiter and discuss the rate determination packet and go from there. I appreciate the info!

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    10 Sep 2019 08:25 PM
    Check with your agency and ensure that you are allowed to join.
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    Posted By CCCSD on 10 Sep 2019 09:25 PM
    Check with your agency and ensure that you are allowed to join.


    Good point. I recall there was a time that USSS did not want their personnel in the Reserves due to the constant need for staffing protection details.
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    29 Oct 2019 01:36 PM
    Sorry for the long delay. There was a time when USSS was making employees leave the Guard or Reserves, however, that is no longer the case. I would really like to serve and pursue the ME path with the Reserves, living in Georgia could make it difficult with the commuting distance. Curious if anyone here has commuted 3-4 hours for their drills? I understand the travel is on me. Anyone know what the DEPOT dates are for this year?

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    17 Dec 2019 04:11 PM
    We have a guy commuting half way across the US. Hes a 1st class though. Honestly I'd say do less than 1 hour like Chief said. It's just not worth it otherwise. Chances are, you could skip A school but obviously not my call. I was told with my prior 5 years LE experience I could. I went active though.
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    18 Dec 2019 05:44 AM
    I was a Reservist in Savannah until I retired in 2016.  At the time ME was established, most MEs in the area were assigned to Marine Safety Unit Savannah.  A couple of years before I retired, all the MEs were pulled from the MSU and sent to various small boat stations.  Most went to Station Tybee or Station Brunswick, and I think a couple went to Charleston or Mayport.

    Many Reservists I worked with in Savannah were coming in from the Atlanta area, and others came from Florida, Alabama, and South Carolina.  We had one who flew in from Oklahoma.  Many Reservists have 4+ hour commutes.

    I was lucky, I live in Savannah and spent all of my Reserve time drilling in Savannah.  That was fortunate after 9/11, when everybody was called in on Title X and all of the Reservists from out of town were doubled up in hotel rooms and tripled up in apartments for two years.  If I had not retired when I did, I would have been sent to  Charleston, Jacksonville, or Wilmington, NC.

    The biggest headache I saw the commuters to deal with was with the government arranged lodging.  The process for requesting lodging seem to change a lot, and the constant reminder of "keep in mind, the USCG isn't really obligated to pay for your lodging" bit got stale.

    I don't know what other people did, but when weather was bad, I would find ways for our out of town folks to arrange their Sunday schedule so that they could meet the hours required for two drills (each day was two drills) but still get on the road reasonably early on Sunday so that they could get as many miles behind them before it got too dark.

    Most said the commute was worth it.

    Good luck!


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