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Considering joining the USCG Reserves. Thoughts?
Last Post 23 Jan 2021 06:34 PM by CCCSD. 4 Replies.
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22 Jan 2021 11:47 AM
    Hello everyone. Thanks in advance for reading this. Any feedback or insight would be greatly appreciated.

    For context, I am a 28-year-old male residing in Maryland. I am a full-time graphic designer working for a non-profit. I have a bachelor's degree in Fine Art & Design. 

    For the last three years, I have kept revisiting the idea of joining either the USCG or Navy as a Reservist. I realize my skills might not directly translate to a position with the Coast Guard, but it looks like at a glance that the Public Affairs Specialist position could closely relate to my current daily job. I also enjoy to cook, have worked in a few restaurants and think I might enjoy being a Culinary Specialist. In college I was a part of a fraternity, and I really enjoyed the camaraderie, sense of purpose, and general feeling of always bettering myself. I miss this aspect in my life. I'm interested in joining mainly being a part of something bigger than myself, and the opportunity to broaden my life experiences, but also the part-time income and benefits are enticing as well. I own a home and have about $14K in student loan debt. I do enjoy my current job, so I think being a Reservist would best suit my lifestyle and allow me to keep my career.

    Are any fellow Reservists in here? Have you enjoyed your time with the Coast Guard so far? For someone my age getting closer to 30, do you think this is a bad idea? Any input would be amazing.

    Thanks again for your time.

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    22 Jan 2021 02:42 PM
    Greetings... What specifically would you like to know? I retired from the CG Reserve in December of 2019 after 29 years and change between the Army National Guard and the CGR. The majority of that time was in the CGR.
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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    22 Jan 2021 03:20 PM
    Greetings! Thanks for the reply. Wow, that’s an amazing run of service. Congratulations. 

    I guess what I’m looking for is, with someone already deep within their career, does it make sense for someone like me to pursue CGR? It wouldn’t be too late? Did you enjoy your time spent with the Coast Guard? 
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    23 Jan 2021 05:00 PM
    I was 13 years into my law enforcement career and 35 years old when I joined the CGR in 2001. This was after a three year break in service. It's fairly common for people to join the Reserves with an established civilian career. I have to say, the CGR was good to me. I got to travel, got to use my civilian job skill set, and once I turn 60, I'll collect a second retirement. It was also nice to be able to request active duty orders if I wanted a break from the civilian job.

    Let me know what other questions you might have

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    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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    23 Jan 2021 06:34 PM
    Exactly my experience also.^^^^^^^^
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