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08 Mar 2018 08:35 PM
How can you conducive for a family will the ME rate be? I am on the MST a school list and thinking of switching over to ME. I have a wife with no family in the US, a 3 month old and 2 year old. I want to do something cool and not just paperwork, but I also don't want to be selfish and it be all about me and I forget about the family. It's hard to find the best balance.
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09 Mar 2018 04:53 AM
My ex was an MST. There was some travel, there will be with every rate in the CG. But in a 30 year career he never once served aboard a cutter. He was home far more than he was away. Did I mention a 30 year career? In other words, he loved it! There is paperwork, there is in every job, but he still DID a lot, not just sat at a desk. Also, choose a rating that will give you satisfaction in a job. If you do something just too keep you home, you will probably do 4 years and get out, unsatisfied, unhappy and regretting picking something you didn't enjoy.
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09 Mar 2018 07:34 AM
MEs definitely deal with paperwork just like every other rate as Old Guard said. MEs do travel depending on the job. If you're at a station, PD, or sector there won't be much time away from home. But if you get a DSF unit, cutter or MSST then traveling is in the job description.
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02 May 2018 07:02 AM
A School list for ME's is now closed. Coast Guard will reevaluate in 6mos. So for everyone looking to go ME the wait is now even longer. Just a heads up to any potential recruits.

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26 May 2018 09:24 AM
Hello, Since the closing of ME "A" school I've since switch my focus to Intel.
Does any prior service or active service know if there's any Intel embedded into the DSF units?
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26 May 2018 01:12 PM
I'm not even sure if there are billets at dsf for IS. But not embedded on deploykents.
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28 May 2018 01:36 PM
Thanks for all that info very helpful.
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06 Jun 2018 08:25 AM
Hello,
I am wondering how life is as an ME. What are all of the negatives and positives surrounding this rate. How long was the process in getting orders to "A" school. What was your non rate life like. I am interest in being stationed in the greater NY/NJ area, if someone can tell me what it's it would be greatly appreciated. 

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07 Jun 2018 07:36 AM
Just so you know, ME A School was closed last month, as the rating is full.  The CG will re-evaluate in 6 months. This means that the wait time has significantly increased.  I believe a 3+ year wait time is being forecast. I've seen in a number of your posts that you wish to remain in the NY/NJ area. If that's the case, become a Reservist. The chances of being assigned to where you're from if on AD, are pretty slim. Even if that were to happen out of boot camp, you would not remain there your entire career.
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01 APR 19 BT UNCLAS //N01326// ALCGENL 039/18 SUBJ: MARITIME ENFORCEMENT SPECIALIST AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS A-SCHOOL OPENING A. https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/psc/psc-epm/SitePages/Non-Rates.aspx B. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, COMDTINST M1000.8A C. ALCGENL 063/18 D. ALCGENL 104/18 1. On 01 April 2019, the Maritime Enforcement Specialists (ME) and Public Affiars (PA) A-school list will open to new prospective students to meet future workforce projections. 2. Commands must submit an A-school request form found at reference (a) for new students and students desiring to switch A-school list. 3. Members who have waited for the list re-opening and/or are considering switching from a different list should have discussions with their COs or OICs regarding impacts to their careers to include potential high year tenure concerns. 4. Unit COs and OICs along with the Gold and Silver Badge network and Chief's Mess are encouraged to distribute this message throughout the non-rate community for maximum visibility. 5. Points of Contact: A. PSC-EPM-2: LT William Stewart, (202) 795-6584 or william.a.stewart@ uscg.mil B. ME RFMC: MECM Daniel Morales, (202) 372-1319 or daniel.j.morales@uscg.mil. C. PA RFMC: PACM Michael Hvozda, (202) 372-4639 or michael.e.hvozda@uscg.mil. 6. CDR S. K. Felger, Branch Chief, PSC-EPM-2, sends. 7. Internet release authorized. BT
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24 Jun 2019 12:45 PM
Wondering if anyone has any very recent info on what the wait times are for active duty ME A school since the wait list has opened back up? I'm seeing mixed numbers all over the internet. My local recruiter told me it wouldn't be more than 2 years max. Some say they've received orders in less than a year but I'm seeing a lot of people online suggesting that it could be 3-4 years or even longer.

I'm on the fence between going active duty or reserve ME solely due to the extreme wait list for active duty. But I know ME is what I want to do.
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02 Jul 2019 01:48 PM
The recruiter I've been emailing told me today the A school is closed completely and there's no wait list.  I'm in the same boat, I want to join as an ME so I can be an MSRT, but at least have LE experience as an ME before going to FBI
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02 Jul 2019 04:07 PM
The ME A School list is closed again for who knows how long. You dont need to be an ME to get LE experience in the Coast Guard. BM and MK both do LE on cutters and at small boat stations.
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Posted By nfletcherx1 on 02 Jul 2019 02:48 PM
The recruiter I've been emailing told me today the A school is closed completely and there's no wait list.  I'm in the same boat, I want to join as an ME so I can be an MSRT, but at least have LE experience as an ME before going to FBI

Very little, if any, of what you learn in CG law enforcement will translate to the civilian world. This is especially true in an agency like the FBI.
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02 Jul 2019 06:10 PM
Amplifying what jdhusker posted, the ME A School wait list is closed to new additions. See below

ALCGENL 109/19
SUBJ: MARITIME ENFORCEMENT SPECIALIST CLASS A SCHOOL LIST CLOSURE
A. https://cg.portal.uscg.mil/units/psc/psc-epm/SitePages/Non-Rates.aspx
B. Military Assignments and Authorized Absences, COMDTINST M1000.8A
1. On 01 JUL 2019, the ME A-school list will be temporarily closed to new
prospective students to manage ever exceeding waitlist times due to recent
revisions in workforce projections.
2. PSC-EPM-2, in coordination with CG-126, FORCECOM, and the ME Rating Force
Master Chief (RFMC) will re-evaluate the list closure utilizing updated
workforce projections on 6 month intervals.
3. Unit COs and OICs along with the Gold and Silver Badge network and
Chief's Mess are encouraged to distribute this message throughout the
non-rate community for maximum visibility. Talking points with further
background information, proposed actions, and member options and concerns
are available at reference (a).
4. PSC-EPM-2 will communicate updates thru future ALCGENL and/or A school
list notes posted at reference (a).
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02 Jul 2019 09:25 PM
Wow... that didn't last long. Looks like reserves is my only option then.
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03 Jul 2019 06:27 AM
Joseph, BM's do a lot of law enforcement and trust me, that is one school that will not close. I think if you want something, you go for it and if a wait is involved, wait. Nothing good ever really comes from fast tracking and flying through the system. If you want active duty, go active! Either wait for the ME school to reopen or look into BM. Just about every rating in the CG will be involved with law enforcement. I think people see that ME rating and pigeon hole themselves into it, when there are options open!
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Posted By Old Guard2 on 03 Jul 2019 07:27 AM
Joseph, BM's do a lot of law enforcement and trust me, that is one school that will not close. I think if you want something, you go for it and if a wait is involved, wait. Nothing good ever really comes from fast tracking and flying through the system. If you want active duty, go active! Either wait for the ME school to reopen or look into BM. Just about every rating in the CG will be involved with law enforcement. I think people see that ME rating and pigeon hole themselves into it, when there are options open!

I've spent hours upon hours doing research and BM simply does not sound like something I'd want to do. It is not near as similar to ME as some people make it out to be. I don't want to just be involved occasionally with law enforcement and do some boardings every now and then or drive boats. I want LE and security to be the main focus of my whole job. If I was 18-20 years old I wouldnt mind just being a non rate and waiting for an ME slot, but I'm in my mid/late 20s now, already have a career, and this would be a massive change of direction in my life if I went active duty. I'm not willing to make that change based off of just maybes and what ifs, especially with the wait list now being closed yet again. I'd rather go reserve and have it guaranteed.
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04 Jul 2019 06:29 AM
The one thing I will say is ME looks good on paper. I've started the process with multiple federal agencies. They seem to like the combo of AD military and LE all in one on a resume. But yes Chief
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