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08 Jan 2010 11:01 PM
    OPERATIONS SPECIALIST (OS)


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    Operations Specialists perform a central role in the execution of nearly all Coast Guard operations. Operations Specialist are tactical command and control experts, coordinating responses to a wide variety of Coast Guard missions, including Search and Rescue, Maritime Law Enforcement, Marine Environmental Protection, Homeland Security, and National Defense. Operations Specialists operate state-of-the-art communications systems, tactical tracking and identification systems, shipboard navigation systems, and advanced operational planning applications.

    Types of Duty:

    Operations Specialists are stationed throughout the Coast Guard, serving primarily at Command Centers and aboard larger cutters around the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam. Both afloat and ashore, an OS can expect to participate in all aspects of operational planning and execution, working with decision makers and operators to accomplish Coast Guard missions 24 hours a day.

    Training Available:

    An Operations Specialist can expect to receive extensive training in communications systems and software applications used for planning Search and Rescue missions and performing tactical operations.

    Qualifications:

    You should have the ability to work in a stressful and high-paced environment, aptitudes for working with computer-based applications, and exceptional attention to detail. You must have normal color vision, normal hearing, be a U.S. citizen and become eligible to access classified information.

    Related Civilian Jobs:

    City/County/State Emergency Operations Coordination


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    These poor, plain men, dwellers upon the lonely sands of Hatteras, took their lives in their hands, and, at the most imminent risk crossed the most tumultuous sea…and all for what? That others might live to see home and friends. — Annual Report of the U.S. Life- Saving Service, 1885

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    08 Jan 2010 11:04 PM
    Posts from old OS thread;

    I'm an OS3 that just graduated OS a school and stationed at a very busy Sector St. Petersburg Command Center, so if anyone has any questions, ask away!


    OS3 Husband
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    highsurf1982

    Thanks for the offer! I'm hoping to join this year and was interested in this rate. I'd be hoping to work on a cutter, I'm craving some sea time! Does this rate work at sea often? Can you request this? Do you know if this rate is still critical? Thanks!

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    I'll be going to OS "A" school in March. Im curious how labor intensive this course it. The reason I ask is, I have a few online college courses I have to take for my B.S. degree and wanted to know if it was possible to attend OS "A" school AND attend a couple online college courses. Also, could you give a brief breakdown of how the school/training goes? Any words of wisdome, tips, etc. Not only for the training but also concerning free time, the surrounding area, etc.

    Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it.

    J

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    Hi Guys,

    to highsurf:

    Yes, OS's get underway alot. We are on every "big boat" the Coast guard has. So we are on every ice-breaker, every 378, 270, and 210s and 179s (that's alot of boat options :) ). And yes, I believe the rate is still critical.

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    FutureLCC:

    It really depends on how you learn if the course is labor-intensive. I know a couple of guys in my A-school class that took college courses, and personally, I had no problem with A-school, but I know people who did...so...to each his own I guess you can say. Also, remember that if you get stationed on a cutter, it will be very hard to take college courses, so just remember that before you pay tuition....

    Words of wisdom:

    When you're there, follow the rules, they aren't hard. You hear them for a week straight in Indoc, and they don't play around. They'll mast you fast for doing the wrong thing..

    Don't drink and drive. They'll kick you out (of the CG) for that.
    Free time: I worked out alot, there is a bowling alley, movie theatere, and E-club on base...Kept me pretty entertained since I didnt have a car.

    Surrounding area: If you've never been, VISIT San Francisco. It's a beautiful interesting city. Its only 30 miles south, and a bus goes there from town.
    OS3 Husband
    Sector St. Petersburg, FL


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    I know its off topic for this thread, but how was Indoc for A school? Ill be going IT and I know its the same indoc, curious on what its like.
    Stationed in Key West, FL
    Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. -John 15:13

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    FutureLCC

    Thansk a lot for the info Husband. Something to think about anyways. If you happen to think of anything else please don't hesitate.

    Thanks again,

    J

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    highsurf1982

    Husband,
    What is your ratio of being underway vs working on shore? Are you either assigned one or the other, or do you get both?

    Also, could you tell me what a day is like for you (typical)?


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    Chuck

    These poor, plain men, dwellers upon the lonely sands of Hatteras, took their lives in their hands, and, at the most imminent risk crossed the most tumultuous sea…and all for what? That others might live to see home and friends. — Annual Report of the U.S. Life- Saving Service, 1885

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    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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    Husband,
    What is your ratio of being underway vs working on shore? Are you either assigned one or the other, or do you get both?

    Also, could you tell me what a day is like for you (typical)?
     
     
    Highsurf,

    Ratio for OS3's ashore/afloat is about 50/50 I believe (chukles?).  You can get both, but you have to either make rank or finish your tour to transfer (ashore tour is 4 years usually and underway is 3 years or less depending on where you are).

    A typical day for me?

    If i have the morning watch (0545-1745), I wake up about 4:30 (or 4:20 if im going to bring my bike :) ) and get to sector about 5:15 for watch relief (always good to be early).  I take the watch at 0545 and im on watch until 1745.  Usually I'll have a couple of cases to work (sector st. pete is pretty busy).

    Night watches are pretty dead (1745-0545)..you usually just do training or sit around and listen for that one word that changes your day (and sometimes your life) "mayday". 

    Other than that, I sometimes have to come in to day work (0730-1530) if we have training or to update logs and do end of the month stuff.  It's pretty easy going.


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    11 Jan 2010 07:21 PM
    Can you ask to be assigned to a cutter coming out of A-School, or do you have to work ashore first?


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    11 Jan 2010 07:37 PM
    You can get a cutter right out of A-school


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    11 Jan 2010 10:41 PM
    One of my daughters graduated from OS A School back in February of 2008 and most of her class went to cutters. I think three of them ended up at sectors and that's it. The other 12 were assigned to boats.....mostly 378's on the west coast. I know it differs from class to class, depending on where they need you at the moment. That was just her experience.

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    12 Jan 2010 03:05 PM
    Ours was the opposite.  My class had all land billets except for 3 cutters.

    It varies by the needs of the service


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    13 Jan 2010 12:03 AM
    Do you need sea time to get promoted in this rate? If so, how much?


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    I think you do, somewhere along the line. When my daughter was on the 378, they had an OS1 onboard who was there only because he needed a year of sea time in order to make Chief.  As far as advancing from...say...3rd to 2nd and so on, I have no idea if any sea time is required for that.  OS3 Husband would know much more about that than I do. 

    Laurie


     

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    14 Jan 2010 03:26 PM
    i believe laurie got it right. promoting from 3rd to 2nd to 1st does not require sea time. however, a 1st cannot make chief without the sea time. if i am wrong, i am certin po husband will put me in my place.


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    14 Jan 2010 03:35 PM
    When I looked up the sea time reg a week ago, this is what it said for OS:

    E-7 OS:
    • 12 months in designated rating (including legacy RD, TC) in any pay grade for all members who lateraled to OS on 1 Jul 03.
    • 24 months in designated rating for non-legacy ratings and for OS “A” school graduates
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    15 Jan 2010 11:40 AM
    wep,

    You can get all the way to PO1 without sea time

    but to make cheif you have to have 3 years sea time i believe


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    Jeremy,

    My quote was a cut and paste directly from the edition of CIM 1000.6A (Personnel Manual) that is currently posted on uscg.mil Paragraph 5.C.15.d, "Minimum Sea Duty for Those Entering Designated Ratings on or after 01 February 1994". I make no other claim as to its accuracy. As to your first sentence, that is what the reg says. As to your second, the reg says 24 months.
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    19 Jan 2010 12:20 AM
    good afternoon,

    I'm an OS in the navy, i have been in for about 7 years and thinking about transfering over to the USCG. I'm currently on shore duty for another 1yr, was stationed on a FFG and did drug ops for 5 yrs. What is the sea duty life for you guys/how often do you get underway and also what is shore duty like? thanks for the help.
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    19 Jan 2010 09:15 PM
    As far as getting underway goes, that all depends on the boat that you go to; only medium and high endurance cutters have the OS rate. On a boat you have two OS billets that you do NOT get to choose from. I hear shore duty is fairly easy, but thats only because the OS i know is on the gallatin, which, as you know, works like a solar powered flashlight.


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    30 Jan 2010 02:28 PM
    Lemme clear this up for you guys.

    OS didn't exist before 2003. If you were in the CG before 2003, had one year sea time as an E4 and above, and became an OS you have met the sea time requirement for advancement to E7. All others must have 2 years rated (E4 and above) sea time to be eligible for advancement to E7.


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    i dont know alot about the types of job in the coast guard and when my recruiter asked what job i wanted i told her an os because it's what im most interested from what i read. the thing is the more i read about it the more worried how im going to do. im still real interested in it, but math and computers aren't my strong suit. Do they teach you everything in A school?
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    16 Apr 2010 04:12 PM
    They teach you everything you need to know about being an entry level OS at "A" School. Don't choose your rate based on a description in a book or on a website. There is much more to the story than what you read.

    Britt and Husband can fill you in on the good, the bad, and the ugly.


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    25 Oct 2010 05:33 PM
    Can anyone list the pros and cons of OS? Im leaving for Cape May in a couple of weeks and I already have my A school for OS.
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    25 Oct 2010 06:20 PM
    You signed a guarantee for a rate before knowing the pros & cons or if you'll even enjoy the job???
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    Yes and No. I know just as much there is to know about OS. It was the only rate open I was told for active duty. I had two choices FS or OS. I could have waited for another rate to open up for A school, but I didnt want to sit on my hands. So I choose OS. I know the pros and cons, but I want extremely specific pros and cons. Such as does the job atmosphere change while on a cutter then at a station?
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    25 Oct 2010 08:50 PM
    My son is waiting for his school to open... trust me, he is not sitting on his hands. You don't just sit on your hands, you pay your dues.
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    26 Oct 2010 08:56 PM
    I understand Old Guard2. I should've rephrased my question. I wanted to go OS, because I only had 2 options. Could I have waited for something that I wanted to do like HS absolutely! However, I didnt want to wait for it. I was just so excited to serve my country in the Coast Guard that I signed up for OS (with the knowledge of what that job entitled) Also Im not making this into a career. I signed up for 6 years and thats all. I want to be on a Cutter and I pray thats where God wants me. I only enlisted into the Coast Guard for 2 reasons. To serve and to pursue my knowledge in the medical field because I dont have the money for college. (I have aspirations to be a denist). With the Coast Guard I can have best of both worlds.
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    27 Oct 2010 08:06 AM
    I'm about to do something I absolutely never do... Bite my tongue and say nothing.
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    27 Oct 2010 09:11 AM
    hopefully you're happy being an OS for 4 years. Id rather "sit on my hands" and wait to become an IT or BM or any other rate I really wanted to go than go to a rate where I dont know what the pros and cons to the job are.

    and don't say you only had two options, you had every opportunity to just sign up as an e2 e3 and be a nonrate, see the rates and than choose your fate.
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    27 Oct 2010 09:35 PM
    If he signed up for six years and got boot->A out of it, then best hope he's happy being an OS for 5.5 years.

    Oh, and if he signed up for six years to get E-3, I hope that extra $480 (total) before taxes is worth the extra two full years commitment.
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    28 Oct 2010 05:50 AM
    I apologize if I offended anyone here. I should have just kept quiet, and kept my career decisions personal. If I came off as a teenage,"punk" then I'm sorry. I didn't mean to offend anybody when I said,"sit on my hands". I only said that out of ignorrance and Im sorry.
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    28 Oct 2010 09:11 AM
    I just dont understand how you can say you only had 2 options, OS or FS.
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    28 Oct 2010 09:22 AM
    Don't fret the rebuff from some of the posters here. Perhaps they should remember you are young and somewhat lacking knowledge about the Coast Guard. The " sitting on hands comment" is what set the tone. I know you meant you were taking control of your fate and making things happen with minimal time lost to school wait lists. The real concern with your plan is if you are unhappy with your selected rate it is going to be a long six years. Honestly, the rates that are available have proven to be harder to fill ; ask yourself why.
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    @E I should have rephrased my statement, sorry Im not so great at wording things. I wanted to leave for Basic Training by the end of December. My recruiter said that they schedule me for A School then Basic Training. The only two rates that were open were OS and FS. I read up on OS and it sounded intresting (despite what people say), so I chose it as my rate. I signed up for 6 years because I wanted to. Im only 18, so I will get out when Im 24. I have brothers that are that age and are no where in life.
    @Texas Dad thank you thats exactly what I meant. I have a,"Its what you make of it attitude". I'm just happy to be part of the Coast Guard. I could be painting walls for all I care. I love their mission and what they stand for. Its just a stepping stone in my life, one that I will take great pride in.
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