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Reserve while applying for Active OCS?
Last Post 24 Dec 2009 08:27 AM by bosco11. 8 Replies.
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06 Jul 2009 07:49 PM
    I am curious to know if it is possible to go Reserve CG and apply for OCS at the same time? Would it hurt my OCS chances or help?
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    07 Jul 2009 06:29 AM
    I'm not sure what anyone else would say. But I'm not seeing where it would be harmful by any means... it's the Coast Guard, is it not? ;)

    But, I'm sure the other people on here will be more than willing to point you in the correct direction.


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    07 Jul 2009 01:25 PM
    I just read read that I would have to live within 50 miles of the unit. haha, I live in North Texas... No where close to any units... is there any way around this? I am currently working a awesome job, and would like to keep it until I make it into OCS. But, CG has been a dream since I was 16. Is there any way to keep the job and do CG reserve nearly 300 miles away from Houston, TX while applying to OCS active?
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    07 Jul 2009 02:52 PM
    Even as a Reserve you have to be within a certain limit for call back purposes. No matter how hard you might try, you couldn't make Houston in 60 minutes. I live in Ft Worth, I know how far it is to Houston from North Texas. So there is no way around that 50 mile thing. There isn't anything up on the Red River? I never looked at reserve bases so I'm not sure?!?


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    07 Jul 2009 03:30 PM
    I live in Denton, haha, and it takes me 45 to get to the river. But I didn't see any units near there on the CG web site... is there a different place to locate units?
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    06 Oct 2009 08:14 PM
    There is no recall distance for reserves. You will have to pay your own transportation costs, but you can live as far as you like from your duty station.

    You will need to contact a recruiter. Not all stations have reserve positions. Reserve transition to OCS is different than for active duty OCS. Make sure to talk to a recruiter. Once you enlist as either a reserve or active duty going OCS is up to your command to approve. I'm assuming you mean that you have your degree and want to go to Officer Candidate School.
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    06 Oct 2009 10:04 PM
    There is now a minimum distance you need to live to be able to drill at a unit, (for accession standards). Once you are in the Reserves the restriction is not as strictly enforced. Talk to your local recruiter and he will be able to give you a better understanding.


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    23 Dec 2009 10:07 PM
    oldcoastie, that is what i was told by my recruiter. I am from dallas, tx and the closest reserve bases are corpus christie, houston, or galveston is what i was told. i would choose one of these 3 bases as my home base as a reserve. its a drive, but i guess if you really want to be in the reserves you will make that 4 hour drive one way.
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    24 Dec 2009 08:27 AM
    I've been retired from the reserve program for years, so I'm a relative dinosaur and don't profess to be "up to speed" on current policy with regard to call back times. Ordinarily, call back times refer to reservists drilling at an operational unit like a small boat station. For them, it's generally a non issue as most are billeted on the base while standing a watch and are available for SAR calls, etc...that, of course provided they are working for an OinC who trusts them with his or her boats. Being a qualified boat crew member is a process that entails considerable training and in many cases a reservist requires many months of work to earn the trust of a station OinC. Once the drill weekend ends, most reservist travel back to their respective homes and are no longer subject to call back times. They are, however, subject to being mobilized. But the Coast Guard recognizes most reservists have civilian occupations and doesn't realistically plan for or or expect its reservists to mobilize in an hour. Typically, mobilizations entail a solicitation for volunteers. Then, if manpower needs still exist, involuntary activations are considered. This is not a hard and fast rule as a major crisis may dictate the call up of entire units, whether involuntary or voluntary. That said, the Coast Guard recognizes mobilization requires time and reporting times are a function of the command, its mission, its manpower needs, and the crisis. For instance, consider a hurricane. It would likely dictate a limited mobilization and actual operations generally do not begin until the hurricane has passed. I experienced limited activation for a half dozen or more hurricanes and although I did serve in a command center during the storm, little can be done with regard to rescue and recovery in a CAT III, IV, or V hurricane until the storm has passed. Many reservists drive hundreds of miles to their drilling unit. Fact is, I have a son with over twelve years active and reserve experience who is being considered for a billet in a reserve unit located 600 miles outside his home district which will require him to pay for an airline ticket to attend drill. With regard to OCS, my advice would be to focus on your OCS application package and determine whether you'll be selected before making a decision to enter the reserve via a different program.<!-- Edit -->

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