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24 Feb 2011 06:58 PM
does anyone know if family history can effect your security clearence or background check? for example i already have doj and fbi clearence due to my job(who knew working on an ambulance required so much=D) and i have no issues with my background but my wifes father is in prison. any chance this could effect my background check and possible clearence?
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02 Mar 2011 12:59 PM
MSST, TACLET, MSRT, What are some differences of these units?
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04 Mar 2011 03:43 PM
Can a person with a Temporary Green Card be qualified as an ME?
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04 Mar 2011 03:45 PM
ME requires a high level security clearance, I believe.  You need to be a citizen to get that clearance.

For those into the LE experience check out the Coast Guard D.O.G. Team:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KLq...re=related
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24 Apr 2011 01:16 PM
Hi there. I hope after all the time sense this post was current. Im corey. Im 18, and im looking for my calling. I've been interested in the CG for about a year sense I was entering my final year of high school. Im now graduated. When talking to a recruiter, there very persistent in the rate your interested in. Ive grown fond of the ME rate, and wish to pursue such. My question is, does being 18 with no criminal justice/ law enforcement prerequisites significantly lower my chances of being selected for ME A school. I've read all over this blog how you get put on a waiting list, and carry on further duties for 4 months. Im just interested in the likely hood of my interests, and if i should be thinking of ways I should work towards increasing my chances. I hope you can spare the time, and interest to respond. Thanks, -Corey
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24 Apr 2011 03:30 PM
You experience has no bearing on what "A" school you can attend. Your ASVAB score is the determining factor.
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26 Apr 2011 03:42 PM
Nothing will increase your chances of becoming an ME. After boot camp, you go to your first duty station where you work on your qualifications - everyone does these. After 4 months, if your quals are done you can put your name on any A-school wait list. Currently the wait for ME, and a many others, is about 2 years. During that time, you will still be a non-rate doing various jobs. My son has been at his first duty station for a year. His name has been on the ME wait list for a several months. He's looking at a minimum of 2 years waiting. What I've told him and others is if you want to go ME - then GO ME! If it's the only rate that really appeals to you, then waiting for it will be worth the wait. Don't settle for a rate just because it has a shorter wait list. You will get stuck in a career that you hate and can't wait to get out of. Once the CG trains you in a rate, they will not want to fork out the money to retrain you because you picked the wrong rate. Choose wisely.

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27 Apr 2011 02:35 PM
Okay, I've seen ME1, ME2, and ME3, how is the number significant?
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27 Apr 2011 02:47 PM
Posted By Zach.ME.USCG on 27 Apr 2011 03:35 PM
Okay, I've seen ME1, ME2, and ME3, how is the number significant?

Start as a ME3 and work your way up to ME1. They coordinate with Petty Officer 3 through Petty Officer 1.

More responsibilities and authority.
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28 Apr 2011 12:58 PM

Okay, Thanks for the info!

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10 May 2011 07:42 PM
One of the requirements is normal color vision. I have no color blindness, but I do wear classes. Does that get construed as not "normal" or is only the standard of color being tested for "normal".
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08 Aug 2011 03:38 PM
if you mean 'glasses' and they correct your vision to 20/20 then you are okay for ME . Plenty of my classmates wore corrective lenses and contacts so no worries there. Also just to add, the way to make sure you get into ME A'school is to get it garunteed in your contract before you sign. Even if it means you have to wait two years to become an ME and you'll be a nonrate (seaman, seaman apprentice) for that time, so be it. Also, I hate to say it, but even though its in your contract and your recruiter says "oh yea you're going in april I already put it in" TRIPLE CHEKC IT. When you got to boot camp you will meet your company yeoman (an actual yeoman, not the fellow recruit) when you meet them, ask them to check to see if you have an A' school date. In my company we had roughly 30 people who had A' school dates according to their recruiters and ALL 30 did not have a date when they checked with the yeoman at boot camp. From there we were able to pick our dates because we caught it. Otherwise I would have been like my twin who didn't know that he could pick a date, and I couldn't tell him because by the time I found out he had already graduated boot camp, and he now is a GM as opposed to an ME because he didn't want to wait another year. Also when you check into your first unti, have that yeoman check to see if you have an a' school date.
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09 Aug 2011 07:29 AM
ME is not guaranteed, as a matter of fact no rate (I'm not even sure about FS at this point) is guaranteed in your contract. That is more of a Yahoo Answers, answer. Please stick to the facts as we know them for the United States Coast Guard. Not something just pulled out of thin air. You cannot get a guaranteed spot to ME, even if you are willing to take a class 3 years from now, it will NOT happen. If you aren't sure of an answer, please don't give one. I find the great majority of your post very difficult to swallow... fellow Coasties, recruiters... 20 didn't have an A School guarantee at arrival of boot camp but the Yeoman in Cape May made it happen????? Does that sound even remotely plausible??? I will stand corrected if that is the case but something tells me its a load of hooey.
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09 Aug 2011 07:01 PM
Right now only Reservists are guaranteed "A" schools. The dates should be written into the contracts. It sounds like some people had admin errors in their contracts, which happens when an individual recruiter is working 100+ people, and going blind slamming contracts for Active, Reserve, DEPOT, OCS, and DCO programs.

The only guarantee you will go to ME school while on AD is to score well on the ASVAB, get to your first unit, wait 4 months, and put your name on the list.
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09 Aug 2011 08:56 PM
I always forget to take into the account the possibilty of a reservist... so that could be the guarantee to school. BBut the post just struck me as wrong. If you are a reservist, I will stand by my statement of if corrected, I'm sorry. If you are regular active and you are going to tell me they guaranteed 20 people in your class spots in A school, even 2 years out from now, I'm still throwing a red flag on the play.
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17 Aug 2011 11:14 PM
does anyone know if it is too late to lateral over to ME from another rate like BM. i'm about to receive my BO letter, i have been in for over 5 years and will be approaching 4 years as a petty officer, thinking of wanting to be an ME not a BM, does anyone have any advice?
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13 Sep 2011 09:19 AM
You could request a lateral. You would need to do all the requirements for ME such as the EPQ, EOCT, quals, etc. You would also need a command endorsement and have a request to lateral approved by the ME RFMC. I found this information in the Rating Force Notes for ME.
From what it looks like you will want to have a solid package together when you request the lateral to ME.
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26 Oct 2011 07:39 AM
My recruiter won't guaranteeme A school. Why? and or what can I do to get this in my contract. I qualified for 9 out of 13 jobs according to my asvb. I really want this field and was hoping I could get some help on this matter. My recruiter is very hard to comminicate with. I was wondering if I should talk to someone above him?
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26 Oct 2011 08:25 AM
There is no one to talk to about this. Unless you are going reserves, there are currently NO guaranteed A schools. I'm not being rude but let me ask you this and you might see it in a different light........ So please, don't read it with any negative feelings.

You aren't even in the CG yet. My son has a shipmate that has already been a deckie for 19 months and is STILL waiting for his orders to ME A school. That is what his friend truly wants to do. Why should you be allowed to skip ahead of him and get a guarantee so you can go sooner when this young man has already been serving for almost 2 years and has at least another 4 month or so wait before his number pops up?

There are many, many, many people waiting for this rate. Whether you qualify for 9 out of 13, 13 out of 13 or just 1 rate... why would you get preferential treatment over a Coastie that is already in service and been doing a job you have only thought about doing up to this point? See what I'm saying. Again, NOT, NOT, NOT being rude. Just trying to give you a little insight that you have to wait for what you want like the rest of us. Don't worry, you'll get there. Just be patient, serve your non-rate time and learn about the CG while serving. You will get what you want.
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26 Oct 2011 11:53 AM
You answered my questions in the first paragragh.....If I do decide to go in I will do my TIME.  Don't take my response in a rude way, but you did answer a question my recruiter has been going around in circles with me.  I  will now talk to other branches of service to possibly get my guarantee.... KIND REGARDS....
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26 Oct 2011 12:08 PM
Opting for another service is always an option. I do wish you the best of luck. Just remember the grass is always greener on the other side. You might get a guaranteed school, that isn't guaranteed happiness. But you do have to do what makes you satisfied and I certainly hope you find it.
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26 Oct 2011 02:20 PM
After seeing the last few posts on this thread, it has raised some questions with me: I understand that I will not go directly to "A" school from boot and I understand there is a "wait time" and others who are serving and waiting for the same school will go before me. I know the "wait time" is getting experience with the USCG and serving and "paying my dues". However, are there any reasons I wouldn't get this "A" school at all? Are there no guarantee's whatsoever? ME is my goal, I understand it will take some time but now I'm wondering if it's possible that I could maybe not even have a chance at getting it. I'm sure there are many, many opportunities within the USCG that are very appealing but I would rather not get "blind-sided" so to speak. This is a life changing decision for anyone and I would rather go in "eyes wide open" and know before hand exactly what I'm getting myself in to. OldGuard2...I personally thought your first response to ottawa who had a legitimate question was pretty harsh. It was like saying "don't take this negatively, but I'm going to smack you in the face". Just sayin' This IS a question & answer forum isn't it? A helpful Forum for new recruits, families, etc.? Geesh!
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26 Oct 2011 05:02 PM
As long as you qualify for ME on the ASVAB you can put your name on the list when you are eligible. Once you're on the list you can still be removed if some you get in trouble or decide to take your name off the list.

Your getting the context of guaranteed "A" school mixed up. Guaranteed "A" school means you go from boot camp to "A" school. That is all. A guarantee for a spot in "A" school sometime in the distant future is not going to be written into your contract.
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26 Oct 2011 10:07 PM
Posted By coastie19 on 26 Oct 2011 03:20 PM
After seeing the last few posts on this thread, it has raised some questions with me: I understand that I will not go directly to "A" school from boot and I understand there is a "wait time" and others who are serving and waiting for the same school will go before me. I know the "wait time" is getting experience with the USCG and serving and "paying my dues". However, are there any reasons I wouldn't get this "A" school at all? Are there no guarantee's whatsoever? ME is my goal, I understand it will take some time but now I'm wondering if it's possible that I could maybe not even have a chance at getting it. I'm sure there are many, many opportunities within the USCG that are very appealing but I would rather not get "blind-sided" so to speak. This is a life changing decision for anyone and I would rather go in "eyes wide open" and know before hand exactly what I'm getting myself in to. OldGuard2...I personally thought your first response to ottawa who had a legitimate question was pretty harsh. It was like saying "don't take this negatively, but I'm going to smack you in the face". Just sayin' This IS a question & answer forum isn't it? A helpful Forum for new recruits, families, etc.? Geesh!
Look at it from a positive point of view: you get to try out just about every rate before picking one to stay with for your entire career.  In other services, you might pick a rate (or MOS) and end up not liking it but are almost stuck there for your career.  At least in the Coast Guard, you get to experience what that rate/job is really like and get to decide if that's really what you want to do while you're in.  Got to look at it from the positive angle too every now and then.

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08 Dec 2011 09:16 AM
So I'm going in on a reserve hitch and want ME. I should be able to get it from the list I have seen. I am doing unit and rate select next week and wanted to know a few things.
1. Is port security still a reserve rate?
2. ME school is 8 weeks, correct?
3. What is the typical day in ME school.
4. Is it true that reservists can be put in A-school faster than active duty?
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08 Dec 2011 05:56 PM
So with no law enforcement backround even in my family I can still become a ME? thats amazing. always wanted to be in law enforcement but i know its really hard if you have family already in. Oh well im so stoked! leaving for Basic January 10th
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08 Dec 2011 08:00 PM
So with no law enforcement backround even in my family I can still become a ME?


If you're going active duty, and you're willing to wait the 2+ years.. Yep.
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Posted By Landstander on 08 Dec 2011 10:16 AM
So I'm going in on a reserve hitch and want ME. I should be able to get it from the list I have seen. I am doing unit and rate select next week and wanted to know a few things.
1. Is port security still a reserve rate?
2. ME school is 8 weeks, correct?
3. What is the typical day in ME school.
4. Is it true that reservists can be put in A-school faster than active duty?

1) PS rating is no more.  They all either transitioned into ME's or switched rates to something else...no more PS's.

2) ME school is 10 weeks (specifically 9.3 weeks but whatever...it's a few days over 9 weeks so basically 10 weeks).

3) Read this thread (http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aft/9618.aspx) I posted while going through ME school.  It's about as much information as you're going to get without actually going through the class (I tried to post as much as I thought wouldn't violate OPSEC and, since no one's deleted anything I posted, think I did a pretty good job of it all.

4) Usually (and I mean probably 90% of the time), a reservist will have a spot for A-school on their orders for bootcamp.  I have heard of some cases where they picked an A-school date while at boot but that's not usually the case.  And yes, reservists are put through more quickly because they are already in line for a specific billet at a specific unit before even going to boot.  Also, there's more money to put people through on the reservist's side so (at least when I was through school) the ratio was 16 reservists out of 24 spots in the class.  They were trying to change that but don't think they have yet.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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10 Dec 2011 12:49 PM
Thanks for the input.
Here is another question. Are MEs considered federal law enforcement because ME school is a FLETC?
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Posted By Landstander on 10 Dec 2011 01:49 PM
Thanks for the input.
Here is another question. Are MEs considered federal law enforcement because ME school is a FLETC?

BTM's and BO's were considered federal law enforcement long before they were trained at FLETC.  It's due to 14USC89a which gives the law enforcement authority across state lines to search, examine, arrest, seize, inspect, and inquire documents and persons to enforce all laws and regulations applicable to size of said vessel.  Federal designation even goes back to before it was the Coast Guard (Revenue Cutter Service) enforcing tax laws and regulations across state lines also.

In other words, it's always been federal and 14USC89a gives them the law enforcement authority (making us federal law enforcement personnel).
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