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04 Jan 2012 09:48 PM
Question, Once you get into your A school what exactly do you do? Is it training and classes (sort of like college or getting your masters) or is it half time with school and the other half still working on base? I'm new to all of this and trying to get an understanding
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05 Jan 2012 08:03 AM
You do stand duty but it is more of a classroom and study thing. You don't go out to sea, you won't chip paint, you won't be needlegunning anything... So it is more of a classroom environment.
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05 Jan 2012 06:21 PM
IDK if the ME A school stands duty...they aren't on a CG base. When I was there I dont think they were standing duty.
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05 Jan 2012 10:07 PM
At ME school, there is watch standing done by the classes. It doesn't consist of much but there are rounds you have to do and times you are assigned to with your watch "team." Obviously, the classwork and even PT are considered your top priority and you are to get with your class sponsor if there are conflicting schedules. There wasn't a problem when I was there (although I did have a chief or two ask why I missed evening colors because they didn't know our schedule....a quick explanation and all was ok in the end). It's more to keep tradition of having classes stand watch than actual watch rotations but everyone is to take them seriously anyway.

Just don't think that classroom study means in an actual classroom the whole time. ME school has more than half of each day dedicated to range time and PT. You might have a couple days in the classroom all day but it balances out with full days in the gym going over defensive tactics before range and PT in the evening. I would love to go back to ME school if I had the chance (and will definitely apply to be an instructor there once I make 1st class). If you're on watch, you're only on until 2200. If you're not on watch, your day usually ends around 1800. Then you're free until 0700 the next morning when you're reporting to class/gym/range/whatever is scheduled that day.
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11 Feb 2012 11:29 AM
For the record, I have read all five pages on this particular forum section, and will not repeat the same questions I saw posted multiple times already...with that said, I do have a couple questions I did not get direct answers from my recruiter on, or any discussion on this forum about either. In regards to the career advancement educational opportunities offered by the CG, I noticed several distance learning programs directed at ME in both bachelor and masters programs. Are these degree-seeking opportunities limited (i.e. competition based, limited seats, required qualifiications, etc)? Since I will be enlisting in the CG with a 4-year degree, I am aware I would not be able to begin any of those advanced degrees until after I am officially an ME (per my recruiter), but after I attain the ME rating, would I be wide open to begin a masters degree in the options listed on the CG main page? Hopefully my question isn't confusing, I am just curious as to how those advanced degree seeking programs work within specific ratings. Thank you for any input on this.
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11 Feb 2012 12:06 PM
the options listed on the CG main page?


Can you provide a link to clarify?
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11 Feb 2012 12:37 PM
tzrudkin, I am not familiar with the program for other rates besides mine.. I'll let someone more knowledgeable answer so you get an accurate answer.
The program for ITs is called ACET, but I don't know what it is or who qualifies for ME but this will give you a general idea.
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/capemay/educ...vanced.asp
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12 Feb 2012 04:14 PM
http://www.uscg.mil/mlea/volEd.asp

This link shows some of the available colleges and degree programs available, with some masters programs included as few as they may be. I was told that some officers do get opportunity to complete their master's degree while active duty as a special assignment of some sort, but I am curious to know if the CG will make masters programs available for enlisted personnel that already have their bachelor degrees. The "more than 24 months" wait list for ME gives plenty of time for motivated personnel to make some progress on continued education, I just wondered if that is even an option for non-rates waiting for A-school. Does that make sense? Simply put, I am mostly curious to know if non-rate enlisted members pursuing a masters degree have the same access to tuition assistance and all the other education benefits available to enlisted members pursuing undergraduate education.
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12 Feb 2012 06:44 PM
I am mostly curious to know if non-rate enlisted members pursuing a masters degree have the same access to tuition assistance and all the other education benefits available to enlisted members pursuing undergraduate education.


Yes they do.
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11 Mar 2012 01:11 PM
Is the Coast Guard similar to the Marine Corp where you can agree to your job/rating before you ship out (i.e. at time of recruiting?). I really want to go into the Guard as an ME, as it would apply to my future career as well. My friend who is a Marine signed on as an Engineer when he enlisted. Can this same guarantee be made for the CG? (I would assume that it would only be made after passing all requirements).
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11 Mar 2012 02:14 PM
Only if the job is in critical need of bodies can you sign for it before leaving for boot camp. Otherwise they'll let you know what jobs your eligible for from your ASVAB scores and after boot camp and meeting all qualifications you can put your name on a list to attend the school of your choice.
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11 Mar 2012 04:09 PM
The only school you can sign up for upon enlistment right now is Food Service Specialist (FS). Other than that, you will have to place your name on a school list after you have been at your first unit for four months. School list wait times range between one and two years, depending on the job.
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11 Mar 2012 06:49 PM
Thank you E and Cooch.  What is the best way to improve my chances of being admissible or being accepted? Will my Criminal Justice Degree and police youth group experience help me at all?
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11 Mar 2012 06:58 PM
As far as getting in i'll let a recruiter speak, as far as the schools for your jobs(A schools) no. You could be a police officer that was on the SWAT for 6 years and have a masters in criminal justice and you'll have to wait the same time as everyone else. To be able to be placed on the list you have to have 4 months at your first unit and your unit might have their own requirements. You can put your name on a list at E2 but any E3 that adds to that list skips the E2 so some commands make you wait until E3.
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11 Mar 2012 07:14 PM
Your experience and college credits will make you a more competitive applicant, but I still stress the importance of studying for the ASVAB. Your score will be the first thing your recruiter uses to thin the herd of applicants.
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11 Mar 2012 07:17 PM
Are you looking to go Active Duty? or Reserves? I missed it if you said it somewhere else.
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11 Mar 2012 07:45 PM
Alright, thank you for your input.  I want to do Active Duty, though I am not sure If I want to enlist or go through Officer Training. I am assuming I would encounter the same issue if I went through OCS as well right?
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11 Mar 2012 07:54 PM
Something you would have to ask recruiters. The Lt. Cmdr that has been a mentor to me was an enlisted OS before he went to OCS, but if you went straight to OCS, I assume you don't have a rate? I guess what I'm saying is that straight to OCS means no maritime enforcement rating. That doesn't mean you couldn't end up at a UNIT that does tons of LE functions... or at a PSU or MSST, etc...

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11 Mar 2012 08:07 PM
The whole officer thing is way way way different than an enlisted members...Enlisted members have ratings...Officers are officers and you'll have to ask one. I know there is some confusing career path thing for them.
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Posted By E on 11 Mar 2012 08:07 PM
The whole officer thing is way way way different than an enlisted members...Enlisted members have ratings...Officers are officers and you'll have to ask one. I know there is some confusing career path thing for them.

Do officers have the same opportunities that enlisted have? Or is it completely separate?
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19 Apr 2012 11:15 AM
Hello all, I'm currently in the process of joining the USCG Reserve. I'm a bit confused about how the process of picking your desired rating works. I've heard that you don't get to choose your rating, and that you'll just be able to write up a "wish list" during the end of bootcamp to request the rating and station you would like to have.

BUT I was recently told by my recruiter that he had sent in a request for me to get an ME rating, and that he has even taken the initiative to give me a set date for A school sometime this fall. It kind of took me by surprise since I thought you couldn't have a say in what rating you wanted till AFTER boot camp, let alone already have a set date for A school before I have even stepped foot on Cape May! I'm extremely excited, but it has me asking myself: Can this really  be legit?
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19 Apr 2012 11:45 AM
If you're going to be a Reservist it's 100% legit. Active Duty and Reserve Programs are completely different. And, Active Duty member choose their rate after boot camp. Their unit first unit is based on choosing 3 districts.
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19 Apr 2012 12:36 PM
Oh wow, that's great! By any chance would you happen to know how long ME A school is? I'm guessing it's right around 2-3 months, in addition to the 2 months of bootcamp. Thanks again for clearing that up, I'm so relieved!
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19 Apr 2012 01:47 PM
http://www.uscg.mil/epm/docs/a-schoollist.pdf

this has all the a-school info
Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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20 Apr 2012 06:15 PM
Apparently it's around 9.3 weeks, so about 2 months and some change. Does anyone know whether or not you get to go out once you're in A school, and if so what kind of things are there to do in Charlestone that doesn't involve drinking alcohol (not 21) lol?


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21 Apr 2012 12:00 AM
You'll get liberty on a regular basis in A school. Charleston is one of the oldest cities in SC. There's lots of history there if you're into that sort of thing. Check out Ft. Sumter if you get a chance.
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28 Apr 2012 01:09 PM
This may have been answered but hat do MEs do while underway.
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02 May 2012 02:38 PM
It all depends on what unit you're with and what the mission is.  If you're a boarding team member at a small boat station, that's what you'll do.  If you're a BWO in Kuwait, then that's what you'll do.  ME's (depending on the unit) can be anything from boat crew members/coxwains to boarding team members and boarding officers.  They can even be small arms instructors if that's what your unit requires.  Lots of jobs out there assuming you roll up your sleeves, get a little dirty and get your quals done.
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04 May 2012 10:54 AM
Lurker - you are at a PSU, right? How are you liking it so far? Have you just been doing qualifications during your drill weekends?
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