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06 May 2012 09:40 AM
Posted By ebee on 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?

Yep, I'm currently at PSU 307 and it's been so far, so good I suppose.  I don't have any other experience with the Blue Guard so I don't know if life on the other side is better or not.  It took a little getting used to but once I did, it's been fine.  There isn't a lot of time during drill weekends to get the quals done so I was "lucky" to get deployed to Kuwait for 6 months.  There, we had nothing but time to get any qual you wanted.  As a result, I was boat crew, BTM, and tactical boat crew qualed before I left.  It also allowed me to switch from shoreside to waterborne since I had all the necessary quals finished when I got back.

I've got more editorial comments to make about difficulty in getting quals done during drill weekend but this is neither the time nor the place (and is also way above my pay grade).  Hope this helps anyway.
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07 May 2012 09:16 AM
Thanks. That is helpful. I would be at PSU 305 if any, and am trying to decide how interested I am in a PSU and ME in general.
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19 Jun 2012 03:10 PM
Is there such an animal as an ME Medic?

Perhaps a reservist that is an EMT or Paramedic or Trauma doc/nurse?

If there is such an animal what additional training is needed?  I am darn close to my EMT1 cert.
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19 Jun 2012 06:06 PM
You would have to attend the EMT course for the CG out in Petaluma. Outside qualifications don't carry over into the CG.
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20 Jun 2012 09:28 AM
The Monkey thanks you.

I will be looking that one up after A-School.
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20 Jun 2012 09:54 AM
I don't know how many reservists get to attend that 'C' school, but feel free to look into it.

I remember back when I went through basic training, SK1 Moulton (now a CWO) asked us "How many of you in here can drive a forklift"? I few of us raised our hands. He quickly responded "Not in the Coast Guard you can't". Then he said "How many of you in here are certified at CPR"? Again, a few raised their hands and he quickly came back with "Not in the Coast Guard you're not". His point was that nothing we did on the outside counted towards our qualifications or certifications within the CG. Having that experience will certainly help us attain those certifications again, but that's about it. I imagine that it has to do with liability. If the CG trains you and certifies you, they can feel comfortable knowing that you will do that job the exact way they trained you to do it. Whereas outside training may have variables and differences.

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20 Jun 2012 11:47 AM
I should just start googling everything before I ask and look like a BDM?!

http://www.uscg.mil/reserve/training.asp

Reservists can attend C Schools, E-Learning and Language Proficiency training. Although I would not be surprised to learn that active duty get the first slots in C Schools and then reservists. Makes sense.
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20 Jun 2012 09:08 PM
Your command would have to want to spend a part of their budget to send you. You can request c-schools all you want but they'll have to want to designate the money. Usually there has to be a need for the qual and then they'll just pick and send people.they want to send.
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20 Jun 2012 09:17 PM
For reservists, it's especially tough. They have a limited amount of training funding, and it is used to maintain basic qualifications (boat crew, pistol, etc). It may not be financially sound to see someone to a month long school when they're only at the unit for two days per month (no offense). In the climate of tightening budgets, I would think it would be highly unlikely, although not impossible.
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21 Jun 2012 11:16 AM
I will endeavor to send chits until my hand cramps up.

I would think that having a medic on a boarding crew would be essential. Basic first aid is one thing, but I work in the "shipping industry" and see all the carnage that can and does happen on these large container ships.
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21 Jun 2012 11:23 AM
On the active duty side, many units have an EMT qualified person. On the reserve side, it's a qualification that isn't as necessary.
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21 Jun 2012 11:33 AM
@ Cooch
I agree. My point is that if we are boarding ships without a medic and the SHTF the end result is not good. Being several miles off shore, dealing the Astoria bars and really bad weather a medic would be crucial if not vital. High tide warnings of 20' or more are common in the fall/winter. Gale force winds and nasty rain.
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21 Jun 2012 12:44 PM
Emailed the recruiter.

There is no such animal as an ME Medic. Color me surprised. All medics are HS, which I get, but I still question. If you have a PSU you would need a medic or an HS that has more gun quals and boarding quals than he/she should.

Odd. Anyway, I can request Boarding Officer School in Charleston. Another 6 weeks.
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21 Jun 2012 12:48 PM
Good luck with getting those quals. Like I said, it's rare these days for reservists. For the ones that are in a position to do boardings, they qualify as a BTM at the unit, and hardly ever get sent to BO school. Those training seats are mainly for active duty. Reservists, with the exception of PSU personnel, exist so that the CG has minimally trained personnel in case the situation exists for a call up to active duty. The purpose of the reserves is not to offset the active duty workload.
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22 Jun 2012 09:14 PM
PSU's do boardings on large container ships? That's news, I thought that was the responsibility of VBS Teams.
You'll find Medics aboard TACLETs, MSST's, MSRT's, etc. Perhaps PSU's have reserve HS's who fill that role?
Anyways, if go-fast LE boardings is what you were looking for I don't think you're going to find that at a PSU. I've never heard of PSU's conducting LE boardings stateside, there are already AD units aplenty that can do that job.
Just be thankful you're getting to go to A-school ASAP, those of us on the AD side are staring down an ME list that practically isn't moving at the moment.
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25 Jun 2012 10:01 AM
Trust me I am thankful.

I know that TACLETS etc.. do hostile boardings and that MEs not attached to those do standard boardings.
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28 Jun 2012 09:45 AM
A little off topic but good for reservists to know, be ready for a little animosity from the AD guys in your ME A-school class. It's nothing to take personally but there is a bit of frustration from having to wait 3+ years to get where they are and be sitting next to someone who just graduated boot camp 5 months ago. All in all, it's really not that bad but some people might pick up on it more and take it a little more personally. Just remember that it's the situation they're upset with....not you as an individual. This sometimes lends itself to forming cliques or a little separation at first between the AD and reservists but it should get better as the class goes on. Just something for all the reservists to be aware of before heading off to Charleston.

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28 Jun 2012 11:27 AM
Dont worry. AD is being rewarded with the full time job. Most the reservists from my company are kicking themselves for not going AD. Its all they want and I am sure would do the wait given the chance.

But ya, you've got the job, they are getting their feet wet on the weekends... unless they go TAD like my buddy thats done 2 oversees tours being a reservist out of FL in 2 years since we've been out of Basic
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28 Jun 2012 05:10 PM
TAD is what I want.
Not sure the wife would approve, but I wanted AD and my age precludes me.
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28 Jun 2012 07:03 PM
Question... what's TAD?
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28 Jun 2012 10:44 PM
Well, nobody has waited 3+ years for ME school yet. The rating hasn't even been in existence for three years yet.

TAD/TDY is Temporary Duty, meaning you are sent somewhere for less than 6 months, usually for some sort of training.
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29 Jun 2012 05:11 AM
Posted By Cooch on 28 Jun 2012 11:44 PM
Well, nobody has waited 3+ years for ME school yet. The rating hasn't even been in existence for three years yet.


I was thinking more along the lines of they were a nonrate (E-2) at their station for 6 months and made E-3 before the command would let them put their name on an A-school list too.  In other words I misspoke and meant they were in the Coast Guard for 3 years before getting to ME school....not necessarily on the waiting list for 3 years.

And I'm pretty sure we just passed the 2.5 year mark on ME A-school's first class....so yeah that would have been just a little off.

Sorry for the confusion on my part. 

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18 Jul 2012 12:16 PM
Can you become a K9 officer exclusively through ME or can non-rates/other jobs do it as well?
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18 Jul 2012 12:44 PM
K9 units in the Coast Guard were limited to E5 and above, and were open to all rates normally only at MSST and MSRT units only. I havent seen a CG message on needing K9 handlers for about 2 years now
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18 Jul 2012 10:04 PM
Hmm Ive seen them in at the Base in Seattle, and we do have an Msst so that makes sense. What about VBSTs?

The ones here though mostly go on our ferries and are sniffing for bombs, not drugs.
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19 Jul 2012 08:54 AM
Yeah my last unit Sta South Padre Island had the last drug dog in the CG it was retired about 2 years ago, all of them are now just bomb sniffing dogs. I think its cause its way easier to just call DHS, or local PD for a K9
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26 Aug 2012 08:42 PM
Is the ME "A" school list open to new signatures yet or is it still closed????
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26 Aug 2012 08:44 PM
Check the latest school list. It is located in the Frequently asked questions thread.
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26 Aug 2012 09:02 PM
Not to be a pest here but I've been searching for the thread and I can't seem to find it.
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26 Aug 2012 09:21 PM
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