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12 Sep 2010 07:51 PM
Mr.Magic - I have not gone to Boot Camp - I going to the DEPOT Oct 17th. So far now I still work with a recruiter. And yes I will be a reservist. I sign my papers tomorrow Sept 13th - very happy to be doing so. I look forward to A school in 2011 - see you then!
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17 Sep 2010 07:48 AM
Also, keep in mind that if it's a department that has a marine patrol unit, a wildlife LE agency & other federal agencies like border patrol/customs that have maritime LE, you could be looked at more seriously with a CG LE maritime background. You'll be considered an expert maritime LE matters and will be considered alot more than someone that has little or no background in these areas. I know & heard of several coasties getting out and getting jobs like this because of their expirience gained in the CG.
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18 Sep 2010 07:33 AM
What is the environment like at A-school? Is it just like boot, are you allowed to have a cell phone, do you get any time off (nights or day)?
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18 Sep 2010 03:46 PM

For training at TRACEN Petaluma & Yorktown, during the first couple of weeks, you will have evening orientation classes after your day of "A" School Class. Normally the first week or two, you will not be allowed to go off base. After the orientation calsses are over, they should let you have off base liberty. You are allowed to have a cellphone which you could use after "A" School or during break times. Since it's a TRACEN, there is a stricter setting there. I would imagine the same goes for ME "A" School and PA "A" School just some differences since they are at a different location. Are you on your way to ME "A" School soon?

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19 Sep 2010 11:56 AM
Well if current dates hold up I wont be there until October of next year, while I am excited to get a slot, I am bummed to have to wait an entire year.
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19 Sep 2010 12:38 PM
I'm going to be attending ME A school in may of 2011, I've been asking around to see if any of the current MEs went to A school but all of them haven't. One of my shipmates told me that they finally found someone who graduated from that first class and the person told them it's a mix of AST and Navy Seal training. I'm hoping chukles can verify that and maybe give me some tips on what i should do so i'm fully prepared physically. Just the fact that I heard its a mix of AST and Navy Seal training I'm going to just knock it out in the gym harder than I already was. I won't mind looking like a true coastie, pop eye, aa gug gug haha. But I found out my chief is an instructor for ME 'A'school so once I see him next month I'll ask him any questions anyone else wants to know.
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19 Sep 2010 02:17 PM

Just hang in there, at least this year wasn't like last year where there was only 3 classes for the entire fiscal year! This year, there's 10 classes (about 8 active duty students in each), so way more active duty students going through this year compared with last year. Next year looks promising so far, should be even better than this years' numbers for the active duty side. Good luck to you!

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19 Sep 2010 02:19 PM
What number are you on the list?
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06 Oct 2010 09:00 AM
whoever told your friend that ME A school is a mix between AST and Navy SEALs is dead wrong. The PT program is good there but I wouldn't compare any portion of the training to AST and certainly not SEALs.
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06 Oct 2010 11:30 PM
Hey guys Ive got a few questions about the ME Rating, bare with me if some of these are easily found answers.

1) Where are ME's stationed? More towards cutters or homeland at stations? Im sure its a mix but just curious.
2) Do MEs receive any extra / special pay similar to other rates getting flight pay, danger pay etc?
3) After graduating and becoming at ME is there a wait time before I can drop my billet for D.O.G.? If so what must be completed before opting for D.O.G. assessment?
4) I hear ME's and AST's get all the girls, true / false?

Thanks for taking the time out to read this and hopefully respond, leaving to Cape May in 13 days. Best wishes my soon to be Coast Guard family.
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14 Oct 2010 05:44 PM
Do the ME also drive the boats?
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14 Oct 2010 06:36 PM
Unless they were formerly Cox'n qualified BMs they most likely will not be driving small boats.
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15 Oct 2010 11:04 AM

How hard is it to get into ME "A" school? I'm going to basic in January 2011 and was told I would have to be on a list of some sort. I will be 23 next year and I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. I also have physical security experience. What are the odds of me getting in???

 

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15 Oct 2010 11:14 AM
If you qualified on the ASVAB, you'll need to wait 4 months after to get to your first unit to put your name on an "A" school list. From there it's up to the command whether or not they will put your name on any school list. As long as you're doing your job there won't be any problems.
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20 Oct 2010 11:04 PM
I herd there is about a 2 year wait for ME A school. and they are not putting any more names on the list until it drops down to a year wait. Is this true?
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05 Nov 2010 06:32 PM
does anybody know what the odds are of going to a cutter as a M.E???
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05 Nov 2010 07:59 PM
Last I heard all the schools are open despite the long waits, and your odds of going to a cutter in any rate are excellent. We are a sea going service after all.
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06 Nov 2010 04:59 PM
There is a great deal of u/w billets from ME3-ME1, however there are even more DSF billets and the MSRT is not going anywhere!
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06 Nov 2010 05:10 PM
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12 Nov 2010 09:22 AM
Can we hear from someone who's graduated from ME A school? Would love to hear about it. My son is considering this rate.
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18 Nov 2010 02:57 PM
Is the ME rate made up of mostly active duty or reservist? I am seriously considering this rate and want to go reserve.
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19 Nov 2010 06:56 PM
The ME rate is made up of both active duty and reservists. Since it subsumed the former PS rate, which was pretty much all reservists, there are obviously quite a few reserve ME's.
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05 Dec 2010 03:15 PM
I graduated ME A school.....here's a little info regarding what you will be doing. Be expected to work out everyday. No it is not like bootcamp. You will march as a class during the training day. There will be a lot of classroom introduction in the first couple of weeks however you will begin firearms training fairly quick. You will shoot more than any other A school in the Coast Guard including Gunner's Mate A school. Aside from a CG SAI you will have FLETC firearms instructors that have a decorated backround and know exactly what they are talking about. ME A school gives you the training you need to become a boarding team member. You will also be given a lot of training regarding being a Boarding Officer however you will not recieve a BO certification coming out of ME A school (though you will pretty know just as much, if not more than a BO). The instructors are very helpful and knowledgable and are more than willing to stay late to help you out. If you do not know something....ask, otherwise your failures will be soley on you for not asking for help. Good preperation for ME A school would be to begin a daily workout routine and "get into" the MLEM (if you currently are in the CG and have access to one). You will only get as much as you put into this school, if you want to squeak by and be an "under the radar" kind of student then good luck at your next unit. Put in 100% and you will be well prepared ME that will impress your next unit

Charleston, SC is a beautiful area with a lot to do. This being said, Charleston also has a very entertaining night life. Remind yourself that you are not in A school to party....If you get yourself in trouble downtown you will most likely find yourself kicked out of ME A school and on the closest 270 or 378 (if AD) or sent back to your unit (reserve) or even worse.....discharged. Take A school seriously and don't get in trouble downtown and you will graduate.
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05 Dec 2010 03:22 PM
Very good info about A-school, thanks.

Can you tell us what type of duties ME's do on a daily basis once they finish A- school.
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20 Dec 2010 07:49 AM
Depends on what type of unit you go to..... I can speak for a station. A ME3 will be the Assistant weapons PO, LEPO or Assistant LE PO, and primary boarding officer. Over 40% of the ME rate billets are at the deployable operations group so there is a good chance of going to a MSST, TACLET, MSRT out of A school.
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20 Dec 2010 06:22 PM
My understanding TACLET is getting harder to fill for Reserve atleast. I had a position for TACLET South for FY 10. However I was unable to attend Depot before the end of FY 10. I recently finalized everything a few weeks back and now for FY 11 they denied me for TACLET. I understand they are backing off on reserve slots. I will be coming in as a E-4 (ME3), so I would not even have to attend A School, but I gues that was still not sufficient.
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23 Feb 2011 04:58 PM
I leave for Basic on July 19th and im very interested in the ME rating, so I have a few questions and would greatly appreciate some answers. I filled all of my e-qip papers out on the computer, and my understanding was that they had to do with my background check, is this part of my secret clearance eligibility? I havent ever been arrested, I've never had any convictions, or any offenses, just a couple of seatbelt tickets, I am a U.S. citizen, will I have any problems getting the clearance? I want this very bad, I will be 18 going into basic.
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23 Feb 2011 05:46 PM
I only read 1 question, and that is whether the background check has to do with your security clearance. The answer is, the EQIP is your background security clearance check.

Congrats on your ship date!
I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted Coastie, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.
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24 Feb 2011 11:48 AM
Thank you, I'm very excited, I have my General Orders memorized, I think I'm just worrying to much, I'm sure I'll get the ME rating I know my ASVAB scores were good enough, are there many problems that occur in getting the rating you want and qualify for? I would appreciate being in the Coast Guard period. No matter what I do, but I would very much like to be an ME.
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24 Feb 2011 12:59 PM
As long as your asvab scores are qualifying, and you don't have any disciplinary issues, you will be able to go to M.E. ""A" school. After boot camp (and during as well), you will be exposed to all different kinds of ratings the Coast Guard has to offer. Don't be suprised if you change your mind at least once about what job you want. My son was 100% "sure" he wanted to go the aviation rate. After he got to his first unit and got exposed to afloat culture, he ended up becoming a BM....

You have an exciting future, go with the flow
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