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24 Dec 2010 01:56 AM
Posted By FloridaGirl on 29 Nov 2010 09:05 PM
What kinds of further qualifications can you get as an OS?  I know you can become a boarding team member, but does anyone know of other qualifications?


One of the guys at my unit used to be attached with the TACLET (Tactical Law Enforcement Team) out of MCRD (Marine Corps Recruit Depot) in San Diego, but that was out-of-rate. You can always look for billets like that to do some non-OS stuff.
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25 Dec 2010 05:48 AM
Im an OS at a Cams and i love my job there is alot of people here that tell me that going to a cams i sa career killer and i disagree i think it is all in how you take it i see it as my chance to get my college out of the way while still being an os in the guard
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10 Feb 2011 12:45 PM
My boyfriend is set to graduate from Cape May in two weeks. In his letters, he's told me that he's choosing OS "A" School because it is a critical rate. His 1st duty station is Charleston, SC on USCGC Dallas. I know it is in port until May. I know the 4 month wait to be put on an "A" school is waived for critical rates and that the wait for OS "A" School is 6 months or less. I guess my question is how long will he be waiting in Charleston to receive his "A" School orders? I read somewhere they receive their orders for "A" School ten weeks in advance. He really just wants to make rank, serve out his commitment (4 years), enter the Reserves and go to law school. Do you think he can receive his orders for school before Dallas goes underway? I am prepared for him being away for extended periods of time, but I really want him to go to "A" school as soon as possible.

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10 Feb 2011 01:11 PM
So, you're boyfriend is choosing OS A school so he can ditch going to sea on a 378? Wander what he'll try when he gets a cutter out of A school with a big chance of not liking his job.
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10 Feb 2011 01:24 PM
No offense but I really hate people who do that. We don't need more OS' that hate their jobs because they go OS just to make rank.  Also be aware that out of my OS class a little less than 50% are underway including myself.

If he wants to do 4 years and get out that's fine, but to go OS just to 'make rank' is stupid. You can make rank by being determined and working hard. We have a First Class on our boat whose only been in a little less than 5 years. No he's not an OS either.

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11 Feb 2011 10:51 AM
I cant hold my tounge on this. I hope he gets there and tries to put his name on the a school list and they tell him he has to be fully qualified before doing it. There is no statement that says they have to approve an A school chit they mgiht not even believe he is mature enough or responsible enough to be a Petty Officer. He might get on the Cutter and spend over a year and i would be happy with that.
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12 Feb 2011 09:12 PM
I was actually looking at the "A" school list with a buddy of mine today and OS is no longer critical the only thing that is critical is FS he should go do that cuz we dont need people who only wanna make rate in the OS rating
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12 Feb 2011 09:20 PM
Which School list were you looking at? Currently FS, OS, and IS are critical.
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12 Feb 2011 11:38 PM
It is still critical. They are just changing the bonus info.

Critical Skills Training Bonus: As per ALCOAST 092/10,effective 01 April 2010, the new CSTB’s are only authorized for
OS “A” school candidates. The authorized maximum bonus amount for the OS rating is $5,000, payable in lump sum upon
graduation from OS “A” school. Those who attend OS “A” school must also agree to obligate a minimum of four years active
duty upon graduation from “A” school. CSTB Agreement Form can be found in Chapter 3.F.8 of the Personnel Manual.
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21 Feb 2011 08:58 PM
well the one i had looked at was from december 15 and it had been removed from the critical list on that one but is back for the february list
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08 Mar 2011 12:03 PM
i finished my physical today @ meps and got squared away. now im just waiting for my ship date. im probably going to enlist as an os and the recruiter @ meps told me today id probly go straight from boot to a school (which i was kind of bummed about as i would rather go start from the bottom, but ill take it right?). i told my recruiter that i wanted to work on a boat and get underway and he said as a female os i will probly be @ a land job bc not all boats being set up for women. any truth to being a woman os id probly stay on land and not get underway?
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08 Mar 2011 12:18 PM
If i were you, I wouldn't take the guaranteed A school. If you want OS, you can add your name to that list and make it pretty quickly into school. Go in and look around a bit. Get stationed on a cutter as a non-rate, see all the different possibilities at the different rates. I'm not a fan of boot to A school ascension, I've never hidden that fact... but since you seem to be a little on the fence, amybe want it, maybe don't... I would forego boot to A and see life from the eyes of a non-rate. remember it isn't easy to switch if you decide you don't really care for the rate once you are there. But you can certainly change your mind while you are still a non-rate. Just my two cents... I'll have to ask Colin if the Seneca has any female OS types.
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09 Mar 2011 09:57 AM
thanks old guard, i love to read your posts and i really value what you say. i would like to go to a cutter as a non rate and see what everyone does because aside from os i'm also considering bm or me. they all have their pros and cons and i'm having a hard time saying "this is the one". i guess ill just have to wait and see...thanks again for your help
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09 Mar 2011 05:15 PM
Most likely if you go to the fleet as a nonrate, you'll be like, wow I thought a SK did something completely different but what they actually do is cool, or man I really want to be a BM and drive boats..and than you find out what being a BM has to offer and decide, and than you'll see some ITs, a job you never considered, and really like what they have to offer and become an IT. It is best to get out, experience the fleet, see what jobs are available, spend some time working with those people, asking questions, etc. Knowledge is power. There isn't a problem staying in the fleet trying to decide. I had a struggle picking between BM and IT, and I even wanted AMT and ME for a while. Just make a decision for you and only you, ya the BMs might think you're cool and you'll get some fistbumps and they might call you miniboats but really just do what you want, when you transfer it won't really matter what rate you went. There's my soap box.
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10 Mar 2011 08:56 AM
thanks for your input guys...i think ive decided i want to go to a cutter as a non rate and see what everyone does. after the 4 months required if i still decide i want os then ill put my name on os a school list & im guessing because its critical i wont be waiting too long?
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10 Mar 2011 06:54 PM
Yea only if it remains critical... Even that list seems to be slowing down a bit.
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11 Mar 2011 12:56 PM
you'll have a 4-6 month wait after u put your name on.
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05 Apr 2011 02:55 PM
Do Operations Specialists need security clearances, and if so, what kind/how high?
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10 Apr 2011 04:02 PM
security clearence and level will depend on the unit.

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13 Apr 2011 05:09 PM
I hate to be a bother to anyone by asking any dumb, or otherwise answered questions, but I'm doing as much research as I can before I'm at Cape May and... well removed from the world lol.

The rate I really want is AST, I love the ocean, am physically fit, and can surf hurricanes... but I wear glasses and fear for my life that may be disqualifying. That being said, I am considering OS as a secondary choice... not to make rank, or get a nice bonus, but because I like and appreciate the concepts involved. That being said, the video my recruiter showed me looks... for lack of a better work boring. I assume it is not, but I would just like some information about the OS rate and what you do day to day, how long you are aboard a cutter at any one trip at sea, and if anyone knows, do glasses disqualify AST's?

Thank You all in advance, and thank you for your service. I ship to Cape May on July 12th, and I hope I can bring my gameboy (lol)

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PS- anyone know anyone at the Saugerties New York A2Nav billet!?
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15 Apr 2011 06:58 AM
I tried to go AST but injured my knee at school. Before I was in the airman program I was on a cutter out of Virginia. I was there for about 2 years. I got all my paperwork in order and put my name on the school list, but I had the same problem with my eyes. I put my name on the Navy list for eye surgery, after about 4 months of waiting I asked for a waiver to pay and do the eye surgery myself. They granted me the waiver and I got my PRK eye surgery, don't get the LASIK done you will not be able to go aviation in the coast guard.

Don't get the surgery before Cape May, try to wait it out and let the navy pay for it or if you don't mind paying than get that waiver from medical. Make sure its the PRK surgery. So, I tried AST it was a great experiance going through the airman program and getting to school and pushing past hell week. I am very happy that I tried and I sugest the same for you if you don't mind the wait. I am going to OS school this July so I'll let you know how that goes when I get there if you have questions about that, but follow what you want to do and don't settle for secondary choices.
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04 May 2011 12:23 PM

Not posted by me... edited because the question is irrelevant to me.  This edit done by Macie.

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05 May 2011 12:59 PM
Posted By Old Guard2 on 04 May 2011 01:23 PM
How long does it take to get picked up for OS A school? I have been a seaman for almost 2 years & I am still waiting.

Well OldGuard

Since as far as I know, OS is still a critical rate, so that means you can get your name on the list as soon as your command allows it.  Most of the people here have only waited about 4 or 6 months for their orders, so it's pretty quick.  However, rumor is that OS will not be a critical rate much longer so that means the list may slow down, and you will have to wait 4 months to put your name on the list.  But so far that is only a rumor.

That being said, don't pick a rate simply because you don't want to be a seaman anymore.  You will be stuck doing that job for a long time, and if you hate it, well...that sucks for you.  Once you go to your A school, there will be a certain number of months you must stay in that rate before you can either get out of the CG or change rates.
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05 May 2011 02:04 PM
Wow, I didn't post that! My son is wanting to go OS. Florida, you should know I'm that kid in the picture's mom... I'm not active duty... I'm 45. If I were active duty, at this point in my life I would have been waiting a whole lot longer than 2 years for a rate if I were still a Seaman! LOL

This is disturbing that I know I did NOT post that question. I also know my son did not post that. He has his own account here and if he has questions, he goes to his command. I think he has 2 posts on the forum! Hmmmm.... Chukles?!?!?!?!
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05 May 2011 06:43 PM
I know you are not active CG lol! Hence the face. I thought you were just asking questions to see if we were paying attention.
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05 May 2011 08:56 PM
Macie looks like a problem with the active directory. I'll look into it.
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07 May 2011 07:38 AM
Do OS students compete for billets upon graduation from "A" school?  For example, "number 1 graduate" gets first pick...etc...?

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07 May 2011 08:03 AM
In a way... yes. Someone coming off a ship, gets priority on pick over someone from a land billet, someone from OUTConus gets priority over someone IN, then class ranking factors in. It isn't simply I graduate #1, I pick #1. Being #1 will help you towards the top of the list. Being #1, coming from a ship, stationed in Alaska... that is even better. There are a few other factors but you get the basic idea. I hope that helped. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.
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08 May 2011 03:38 AM

Many factors go into picks. The better you do in class the better picks will be for you. You get "Positive SIFs" (Significant Incident Form - these can also be negative if you slip up at school.) for acing tests, or other things you may do that get you noticed. The more volunteer hours in the community the better. Prior service helps as well as time in the fleet. However just because you are from the fleet versus being boot to A doesn't mean you don't have to worry about a thing and you will get your first pick based solely on the fact that you went to the fleet prior to 'A' school. You still need to work hard and do all the right things, pass room inspections, uniform inspections, tests, classes in general... also if you are the assistant class leader or class leader it looks better for picks too.

When picks come out, the class as a whole will try to work out where they want to go. for example: "I want to go to Sector St. Petersburg because I am originally from there and I don't want to go to a cutter right now because I have a 2 month old son." "Ok, well since that person wants to go there, I guess I've really always wanted to go underway out in California." ... just to give an idea. people will try to work with each other. However, as I'm sure you can guess, it is inevitable that you and someone else will both want the same place. In a perfect world, everyone would have a different #1 pick but that isn't how it works always.

Personally, I was a boot-to-'A' schooler (though I love my job as an OS I don't recommend this - the bs you get over it gets annoying, although everyone is just messing with me, love my shipmates.) and I got my #3 pick. I did some community service, not that much. I aced all my tests and stuff. When it came time for picks, I put Sector NY Waterways MGMT division #1, and CAMSLANT #2, based solely on the fact that they were the closest picks to where I am originally from (NJ). My #3 pick was USCGC THETIS. In retrospect I am very thankful I got my #3, because I really enjoy getting underway, and I live in Paradise, USA. Key West. Can't beat it... By the way, the people that got Sector NY and CAMSLANT were both boot-to-A as well and those picks were their #1's, to give some insight into the picks process... basically the moral of this story is just go to school, work hard, and let the cards fall where they may, in regards to picks.

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08 May 2011 04:47 AM
I think it really varies from class to class....when i got my billet choices they solely based it on how much voluntering we did in the community which was ridiculous. I got 2nd to last pick. lol
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