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02 Dec 2009 03:07 PM
    Hey guys, I heard a lot of good things about this website so I thought I'd check it out.  I have always had an interest in the Coast Guard and hope it's not too late to persue it now that I am in my mid 20's.  I have a very high interest in law enforcement and a love of the ocean.  I would also enjoy serving my country.  I currently have a bachelors degree in criminal justice and I am a huge technology buff.  My grandfather was also in the Coast Guard and it was something I always felt I wanted to do.


    My main concern is I keep hearing of a waiting list to join, up to almost a year.  I hope this isn't the case as i'd love to get in ASAP.  Now that I am here I will start my research.  Thanks in advance, I look forward to speaking with everyone.<!-- Edit -->

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    02 Dec 2009 07:20 PM
    Welcome aboard! The sooner you contact a recruiter, the shorter the wait will be. If you have questions, feel free to ask!


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    02 Dec 2009 08:19 PM
    The time is going to pass anyway, so go for it. Be persistent, polite and read through as many old threads here as you can....lots of good information you probably won't find elsewhere.


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    02 Dec 2009 09:13 PM
    I wouldn't let your age of being in your mid-twenties be a concern factor; partly because I'm in the process of waiting for my ship date and I'm 25. lol. Also, there are countless others who have joined the armed services even in their thirties. My husband met a guy who was 35 enlisting the Army.

    As long as you have the drive and ambition to be in the Coast Guard, and also eligible, I think you'll do great.

    I do have an "age" story however during my time at MEPS: I was waiting in line to turn in some papers, and this young girl of 18 was in the vicinity of my waiting area and asked me what I was doing here. I told her I was joining the Coast Guard - but get this - she hadn't even heard of the CG and she was joining the Army branch. Then she asked how old I was and told her I was 25, had a degree and even a family. And her naive reply was "oh wow, you have a family already?! And a degree?" Pretty much, her unspoken reaction was "you're so much older than me!"

    Anyhow, good luck in your application! The people on this forum are great with responding to any questions regarding your concerns/questions about the Coast Guard.
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    02 Dec 2009 10:12 PM
    there was a thread about average recruit age and it was mid like 23 or 24..although in my husband's company he was like the 3rd oldest out of 70something recruits and he was 20.


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    03 Dec 2009 12:13 AM
    Good stuff, age isn't a huge concern to be honest. I just know I will be starting with guys 7-8 years younger than me. If anything, I'm sure the life experience and college degree will only play to benefit me. This is something I am really looking forward to. I tried to e-mail and call my local recruiter (Atlantic City, NJ) but he sent me some forms to fill out first. I will be faxing those in tomorrow from work.

    Any questions I should be asking him if we set up a meeting? I don't know much about the rates other than what I've seen on the Coast Guard website. Any pointers on choosing a job with law enforcement being my main interest?
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    03 Dec 2009 11:31 AM
    Keep doing research, and write down whatever questions you have. Ask about everything rates, benefits, units, pay, advancement, travel, etc. And, ask about his/her experiences, lots of questions can be answered that way.

    Check out Boatswain Mate (BM), Machinery Technician (MK), or Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) for LE. Your recruiter can fill you in on the details of the responsibilities of the Boarding Officer/Boarding Team Member collateral duties.


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    03 Dec 2009 01:45 PM
    Thanks for the pointers
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    06 Jan 2010 07:48 PM
    The process is currently in motion, just waiting for a recruiter to contact me as I continue to browse these forums for more answers. On another forum a member currently in the Coast Guard told me i'll be lucky if I can get in 12-15 months from now. I'm sure I will find out soon enough but is it really this bad? I will continue to press on as I've made my decision this is what I want to do. I like what you said above mis3gal, the time is going to go by anyway. I just hope it's a little faster! I'm sure the time will fly once I receive a ship date.

    I think I will be looking into BM and ME (if possible). Still have much research to do, I will try and keep this post up to date so others may use the info supplied here also.
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    07 Jan 2010 10:07 PM
    Yes, it really is that bad. I would make an attempt at offering you some kind of comfort, but it would come off as contrived.

    Macie, do your thing...; )


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    07 Jan 2010 10:32 PM
    Lol well I prefer honesty over comfort so its all good. Like others have said I guess it will just give me more time to prepare. The key will be to look at the wait as a good thing instead of a bad thing because its out of my control. Thanks again
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    07 Jan 2010 10:40 PM
    Since you have the time contact your nearest CG unit see if you can arrange for a tour. It'll give you a chance to talk to some AD crew members while you are waiting for a recruiter to contact you.


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    08 Jan 2010 04:41 AM
    It is worth the wait! There is a guy on here who is waiting until October to just get his ship date. That means it'll be about another year from now until he actually ships off.

    I am 25 myself, some college- dropped out of dietetics to pursuit something I will hopefully enjoy more than working clinical. Your life experience, and college education will play a role in everything you do, from the Coast Guard, to making friends. Cherish it.


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    08 Jan 2010 02:59 PM
    I'm 26 and just got my boot camp date. I think at first - since I was a walk-in - my recruiter wasn't sure if I was for real or not. I do have my Bachelor's and have taught in public schools but have always wanted to do Law Enforcement. I knew I would be shunned at first, but kept at it with the questions, research, and respect. My recruiter knows now that I am serious and I have witnessed this through emails for Hometown Recruiter and general conversations with him. I know he had mentioned that I will be working with a lot of people younger than I am, but I expect to start out at the bottom! I am trying for OCS even though my 27th birthday is approaching. I think with most everything in life, show that you want it more than the other person and you can do anything!
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    08 Jan 2010 10:59 PM
    Welcome JJ10!  This is a great forum, you've picked a good place to start.  My son is currently in bootcamp and will graduate Jan. 29th.  I've learned a lot on here and from his letters and calls (on Christmas day).  If I can answer any questions, ask away.  He is going to A school for BM.
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    08 Jan 2010 11:01 PM
    I agree Jenna, I think it will be important to stress to the recruiter how serious I am about this decision. This site will be very helpful with loading me with information and questions for my meeting. I'm really looking at the Coast Guard as a career and not a 4 year deal. I already went to college, paid it off, got a job, etc. My reason for joining is this is just something I truly want to do.  Time will tell :)
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    10 Jan 2010 02:45 PM
    Same here. There is something to be said for us "older" ones that have started their careers and have found life unstatisfying. I am ecstatic to go to bootcamp and really have a meaningful career in the CG.


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    13 Jan 2010 03:16 PM
    I can relate to this also! I thought I knew exactly what I wanted in life only to get there and feel kind of disatisfied with the career. There is something to be said for the retention rate of the coast guard that most stay in for the career. And the ones that have the mind set of do 4 years and then out seem to change there mind and stay in! This is what I have understood from reading these forums. This is going to be the best spot to get cg related info the people on here are amazing and love to help each other. I have a ship date in a couple months, but I already feel apart of the "cg family". There are a couple of recruiters on here that are top notch, and are very helpfull. I don't know if anyone has let you know but in the "recruiting and boot camp" forum, at the top there is a sticky of FAQ that can help you out a lot!! Good luck and hope to get to know you better.... WELCOME! :-)
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    21 Feb 2010 01:53 PM
    Hi AET2b, I am wondering if you are an Aviation Electronics Technician, or were.
    I was an Al many years ago(Aviation electronics man. )

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