HOOAH LOL well My husband is prior Army E-5 that is now in A school for the CG, he went through the pitstop school in NJ and completed that on the 18th of March. I am going to tell you about our experince and you can go from there. My husband was an 88N in the army with 6 years service and he applied for a SK postion and youwould think an 88N 6 years no problem well after staring this process in May 2004 6 month prior to ETS and doing the MEPS all over again and blah blah blah they told him that he was not quailifed for this Billet, we were shocked and them because we have 3 children that was a major problem to we had to get a waiver for that, in December we had to look at other Rates and so being that he scored so high on the ASVAD that he had to retake since it had been so long since the 1st one was taken he was able to pick other jobs so he is in OS school. Now the story about a loss in rank is correct however there is a process to keeping that much rank, what happens is if you need to choose another job to come in you will be an E-3 SN or (seaman) until you comeplet A school if you get an confirmed rate. When you complete A school then you will be a PO3 E-4. Then take the service wide exam for E-5 now the trouble you will have is some rates are very hard to get promoted, our neighbor has been in 14 years and a YM and just made E-6, my husband recuriter has been in 12years and is an E-5 and she is a storeskeeper and on her way to OCS. Now as for you request to remain where you are ok I can speak on that, there was a guy in my husbands Pitstop class that requested and duty station and was given that in his contract so it can be done, that is going to depend on your rate. I will admit that I notice some major diffrences in the CG -vs- Army already and we love it, it is the life and I would change all that we went through to get here for no body there are so many wonderful benifits and so much to look forward to its great, If you can make this work you will never have a regret, my neighbor was a prior marine and switched too, the cg has some pretty honest recuirters they are not on a system where they have to meet numbers ever month or qtr. so they are pressed like the ARMY, NAVY, And Marines. I hope this helps you.