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12 Mar 2012 05:55 AM
Oh that thing is a hot mess, too! So I'm sure even I can figure out how YN will feel about it! Jimmy used to make me cut his hair, you know how much those darn barbers cost (same sarcasm as Colin), I could never get that taper right. Then he would go to work, inspect himself and fail himself for not having a proper taper! That's my life!
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Posted By FloridaGirl on 11 Mar 2012 11:26 PM
Oh God, he named it. We are all doomed!

YN1 Dawson will either love you for your 'stache if it is good, or call you out if it sucks. I'll let you figure out which side you fall on.

E, we never had anyone get in trouble for hair too long, and we had some long haired guys!  They do get on your about the behind the neck tapper though.  That way in Kodiak too. 

It's YNC Dawson now, and if it's out of regs, he will surely let you know.
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12 Mar 2012 08:32 AM
The 'stache isn't out of regs... it is just 70's porn cheese type of 'stache! And I have no idea how but his facial hair seems to grow in red in color. Blonde hair but red moustache. He had the makings of a very pathetic beard while he was here on leave and that too was reddish in color. Very odd indeed!
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12 Mar 2012 09:00 PM
Yep and Chief Dawson will make you get a Dawson cut at the barbershop
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16 Mar 2012 09:02 AM
Here's another question for you OS types.  Living a military life for all of my life, I know how specific he military can be with stuff, but I like to play on the safe side.  The list of wha is in a required full seabag says USCG Physical fitness shirt (4) and USCG Physical fitness shorts (4).  This is coming from this page http://uscg.mil/uniform/requireduniforms.asp 

my question is what about CG swim shorts/suit?  Don't wanna have to show up without it, get yelled at, prove them wrong then get yelled at more.

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16 Mar 2012 12:28 PM
We had swim days and no one ever wore their CG suit. If it's not on the seabag list, you're fine. They like to check for out of season stuff, like trench coats in July...
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09 Apr 2012 12:47 AM
All OS's at Sectors and afloat units are requiered to have at least a secret level clearance. All underway OS's billets require a Top Secret clearance according to billet requierements, unfortunately only personnel directly involved with EKMS are been allowd to request a TS SSBI clearence on most of the units. Remember that as a OS you will be mostly working in restricted spaces and will have access to classified information.
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09 Apr 2012 01:02 AM

I was stationed at Sector san Juan for 6 years and had a 4 on 4 off rotation (2days/2nights) 12HR watches.
Tough hours but provided ample free time to spend with the family and other things.(hence the 106 days off leave that I have now!
Now I'm stationed on the Venturous out of ST Petersburg,Fl.
During in-ports: regular workdays trop hrs(0700-1300) and duty every 6 days
Underway: 16hr workdays including 02 watches of 04 hrs exept for sundays(usualy holiday routine)
We have been uderway more than 220 days for the last 2 years and this year looks like 235+ 60 days in drydock.
Boat life is fun, but it's extremly hard on relationships and family. Can't wait for this tour to end and go back to a Sector as a OUC or a EKMS mannager.

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06 May 2012 09:57 AM
I just put my name on the list, how does it work with extending for the 4 years to get the $5,000 bonus?
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06 May 2012 10:51 AM
the YN will come into your class at the beginning and say "Sign this paper - yes you want the bonus or no you don't". They will tell you also how much time you need to extend for.

Be forwarned, if you do not take the bonus, your unit may require that you extend your contract anyway. We had several people in my class that only wanted to do their 2 years of obliserv after a-school then get out. But they had to extend for an extra year because of their billet. You won't know where you are going when you are offered the bonus, so make sure you absolutely KNOW what you want to do.
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10 May 2012 04:20 PM
Pretty much everyone in my class took the bonus for this reason.....state of the economy. If you are in the CG, you should definitely consider the bonus for the simple reason of the economy still being in shambles at the moment. FloridaGirl is right about the extension at your unit also, while most cutters out of A-School are 2 year billets, the sector billets can range from 3-4 years, in which you are obligated to serve out.
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10 May 2012 04:20 PM
Oh and you only get one shot too say yes or no, it's not like you can say no and then change it to a yes later on, this is a one time offer.
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15 May 2012 12:50 PM
What do OS's do on cutters? I have an idea with there sector jobs but what about u/w?
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15 May 2012 02:25 PM
Underway you do a lot of charting, target tracking, and handling classified material (often times the OSs on the boat are the only ones that know something). You have the secondary plot of a boats course if the bridge is unable to keep it for some reason.
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11 Jun 2012 08:41 AM
Can anyone give me an idea how long A school is?
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11 Jun 2012 09:28 AM
18 weeks.
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13 Jun 2012 06:24 PM
I'm 36 on the list and they are taking 12 people for September, October and December. Any idea when I might go?
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13 Jun 2012 07:56 PM
If all 35 in front of you have no holds, I would say December. If 12 or more have holds and they aren't cleared before orders are issued possible for October. But I would figure December.
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26 Jun 2012 02:47 PM
I am headed off to A School within the next few days. My report date is on the 1st of July. I am kind nervous that it's going to be similar to bootcamp? I was on a 378 so things are a little different.
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26 Jun 2012 08:44 PM
Chief Dawson wants you to think it's bootcamp all over again for about 5 minutes. It's mostly to scare you into paying attention. But really, just be prepared, look sharp, and after the first week, it'll be a vacation for you. You will have lots of uniform inspections, so just make sure to spend some time on that Classes are from 7:30 to 3:30, you march as a class. Other than that, your time is your time to do what you will, unless you have duty.
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29 Jun 2012 03:25 PM
Posted By FloridaGirl on 26 Jun 2012 09:44 PM
Chief Dawson wants you to think it's bootcamp all over again for about 5 minutes. It's mostly to scare you into paying attention. But really, just be prepared, look sharp, and after the first week, it'll be a vacation for you. You will have lots of uniform inspections, so just make sure to spend some time on that Classes are from 7:30 to 3:30, you march as a class. Other than that, your time is your time to do what you will, unless you have duty.

Thank you, FloridaGirl! It's great to be forewarned 
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29 Jun 2012 10:18 PM
Sadly, Chief Dawson isn't doing indoc anymore, but I think he's still supervising while the new people learn how, so hopefully you'll still get the YNC Dawson experience
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29 Jun 2012 10:39 PM
WHAT?!?!?! He's the best part of A-school!
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02 Jul 2012 06:20 PM
Who's doing INDOC then?????
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02 Jul 2012 08:08 PM
Don't quote me on this, but I believe it's an SK1 and an ET1 training to do it. Not sure of their names though.
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03 Jul 2012 10:35 AM
ET1 Mason? Bald guy? He's pretty cool
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03 Jul 2012 04:37 PM
FloridaGirl, he's ETC Mason now lol
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03 Jul 2012 04:51 PM
Apparently I need to read the advancement lists. I am always shocked when someone advances.
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16 Jul 2012 09:38 PM
Any heads up on study material I can get a head start on? Also any suggestions on stuff to bring with me?
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17 Jul 2012 12:05 AM
Shell, they will teach you everything you need to know. I wouldn't worry about studying before - school is easy enough. Bring with you whatever you want (within reason). Nights can get chilly, even in summer so bring a jacket or hoodie.
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