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01 Oct 2010 09:58 AM
To Gears (to be forwarded): Where all have you been stationed as a IS? I sort of job shadowed an IS at District 7...I won't disclose on here what all I saw him do. Nothing top secret (otherwise I wouldn't have been able to go in) but I did need to have a Secret clearance to go in the room. Anyways, on the CG website, it says an IS can be stationed at cryptology units, air stations, sectors, distrcits, Fusion centers, and Intel. Coordination Center. In your experience, where would you want to go? As an IS3 right from A School? Thanks for your reply.
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01 Oct 2010 12:16 PM
Bennett,

I forwarded your question to my work e-mail. When I get in on Monday I'll pass on your questions.
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01 Oct 2010 02:20 PM
At the most, IS's have only been to one or two units, since it only started as a rating on January 1, 2008. It would be tough to get a broad range of experience by asking only one person. It is also in your best interest to get the information from as many sources as possible, so that you can make a well informed decision.
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01 Oct 2010 05:24 PM
That's great advice Cooch, but I only know one IS. Finding him was like finding a needle in a stack of needles at the need factory in the needle capital of the world.
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04 Oct 2010 10:18 AM
From the IS...

"I have been stationed at HQ as an IS. I was at MSU Morgan City LA as an IS1 also but that was while I was awaiting transfer. I'm hoping to score a Crypto Unit after I leave here because they work directly in support of the NSA."
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Posted By Gears on 04 Oct 2010 10:18 AM
From the IS...

"I have been stationed at HQ as an IS. I was at MSU Morgan City LA as an IS1 also but that was while I was awaiting transfer. I'm hoping to score a Crypto Unit after I leave here because they work directly in support of the NSA."


I want to go to a crypto unit as well. I remember reading something about billets over in Colorado at like an air force base. Know anything about that?
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07 Oct 2010 05:36 PM
Hey GEARS, can you ask your IS friend a few questions for me?

-what their long-term goals are as an IS, if they're looking to stay in the intelligence field if/when they get out.
and if so,
-if they are currently in the process or looking to get any type of degree to supplement their experience as an IS.

-thanks a lot for being the relay man for us.

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07 Oct 2010 09:49 PM
It's no problem. I've been busier than usual at work this week, so I'll forward your questions as soon as I can. Hopefully, tomorrow...
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11 Oct 2010 10:40 AM
An IS1 had forwarded me the lastes Force Notes from July-Sept 2010. It had school news and mentioned the fourth class being added. I'll post the link when I get to work if it hasn't already been updated on the Portal. I'm number 96 .
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17 Oct 2010 10:10 PM
JBennett09 - A big part of being an IS is practicing OPSEC. That means not posting on the internet about billets you read about somewhere, likely in a FOUO pub.
The same goes for "Gears" and their postings from the anonymous IS about what billets support which missions. This is not the place to have these discussions. Try the boards on CGcentral.
I don't mean to be a jerk but CI threats are real and there are more secure places to have these discussions.

Interesting that the anonymous IS only mentioned sitting in front of a computer all day. That makes us sound like glorified YNs! (just kidding YNs, we couldn't last a day without you)
I honestly think we, as ISs, have the best, most interesting job in the CG. There is a lot of opportunity to do some really incredible things and make a huge difference working in this rate. The job of a CG intel analyst can more or less be summed up as processing lots of information quickly, organizing it (either mentally or in some type of report), and then telling decision makers why it's important. I can't think of another job in the CG that rewards intelligent, forward leaning, and ambitious petty officers more than being an IS.
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18 Oct 2010 06:30 AM
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I seriously doubt the IS1 I'm in touch with would pass anything on to me, which I told him would be passed on to CG prospects that would violate OPSEC. I'd like to see a reference regarding the fact that we can't pass on unit names and missions we've conducted at those units. If that's the case we'll need to secure all sea stories.

If you want to discuss this further feel free to PM me with your global email address.

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24 Nov 2010 12:03 AM
This A school topic has been dead for awhile...so if any of you IS hopefuls/enthusiasts check this every couple days like I do, then you were probably excited to see there was a new post. Sorry to disappoint. The only thing I have to say is since the orders for the upcoming school convening in January was released recently, the November waiting list has been shortened. Therefore, I moved up 17 spots since the October release. Whoo hoo! If this FY has 80 students total, like it was talked about in the last Force Notes, I'll more than likely be the first class in FY2012. (I'm 85 right now...60 more spots open for this year) Just so you all know
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24 Nov 2010 11:17 AM

Thanks for breaking the ice, JBennett.

I'm glad you're jumping up the list - You'll be at school in no time.
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25 Nov 2010 01:32 AM
For anyone here that is an IS or knows about it, would you recommend it? I mean, I love the intelligence side and it all sounds really awesome, but I'm thinking that if I'm going to be enlisted in the CG I'm going to want to see the water and have the experience of being a part of the operational side. I have a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice and was originally looking at ME, but then I read up on IS and it sounds really interesting. I guess I just don't want to be behind a desk doing office work for a career, I'm far too active and adventurous for that.
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27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
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27 Nov 2010 08:33 PM

Something I saw on Ebay...

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29 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
Posted By JBennett09 on 27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
Thank you for the info! It also seems to me that if I ever choose to pursue a career outside of the CG then the job opportunities are much greater after being an IS with a top secret clearance. Although, I'm definately looking at the CG as a long term career.

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Posted By New Guardian on 29 Nov 2010 12:38 PM
Posted By JBennett09 on 27 Nov 2010 01:06 AM
I'm personally not an IS, but I sort of "job interviewed" an IS2 at District 7, and he said if you're one for wanting to get thank yous, or any kind of appreciation or recognition for your work, then IS is NOT the rate to go. And if you want to work outside and experience the Coast Guard, then choose something else. I prefer working in an office environment. I think logically and enjoy doing puzzles (ie, I play Sudoku and different word games a lot), and I love the thrill of finding an answer to a problem. These are some of the reasons I'm choosing the Intelligence field.
Thank you for the info! It also seems to me that if I ever choose to pursue a career outside of the CG then the job opportunities are much greater after being an IS with a top secret clearance. Although, I'm definately looking at the CG as a long term career.



Yeah, IS is definately the rate to go if you are looking for high paying careers outside the CG.
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29 Nov 2010 07:21 PM
How does reservist to IS A-School work? I really want to join the reserves but I want to get into intelligence and IS is the rating that interests me.  On the A-School list the next IS a-school class is showing as 15 active duty and 0 reservists.

Will I be drilling at my unit as a non-rate and wait the next open a-school opportunity? Or can you get a guaranteed a-school for IS as a reservist? I know you need a top secret clearance

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29 Nov 2010 09:59 PM
Anybody have any insight as to what an IS at a FIST might do on a daily basis?
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29 Nov 2010 11:06 PM
JBennett,

A shipmate of mine is up in the 40s on the IS list...where did you see in the force notes that they will be taking 80ppl this FY? I told him that and we opened up the IS Force Notes and didn't see it. Maybe he skimmed it too quick.

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30 Nov 2010 02:43 PM
The September Force Notes...its on the CG Portal. Its under the RFMC page under IS...I know what you mean though because I saw it there one day and a few days later I went back to look at it again and it was gone...lol. Weird, I know. I haven't checked back recently. But I did read that a fourth class for FY'11 had been approved, which means if the class sizes remain the same at 15 AD and 5 Reservists, that puts 80 ppl for this FY.
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30 Nov 2010 02:44 PM
The FIST teams no longer exist.
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30 Nov 2010 02:46 PM
It is actually 15 A.D. and 5 reservists for a total of 20 ppl/class. If there aren't enough reservists to fill the 5 slots, the remaining slots are filled with A.D.
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Posted By JBennett09 on 30 Nov 2010 02:44 PM
The FIST teams no longer exist.


I see.  So were they replaced by anything?  Or are the IS billets now exclusively at Intelligence Fusion Centers, the JICC, and the new cutters?

Also, on a side note:  I read once in an article that the OS rating was getting wings to go up into the C-130 and do intelligence collecting.  Will this job be taken over by IS?   I think it'd be nice to get my wings as an IS if it's a possibility at some point.
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30 Nov 2010 06:36 PM
I'm not sure what they did with those billets. My guess is the same as yours. Yes, there are IS billets at air stations. If I'm not mistaken, it is independent duty. I think it would be pretty sweet to be at an air station...I'm sure those jobs will be hard to get.
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10 Dec 2010 12:55 PM
Since IS does not require the 4 month wait to get put on the A School list, how would I go about getting my name on the list asap?
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10 Dec 2010 04:20 PM
i will tell you now if you want to be an IS you better start working on running atleast a 10k before you get to yorktown
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Posted By southern118 on 10 Dec 2010 04:20 PM
i will tell you now if you want to be an IS you better start working on running atleast a 10k before you get to yorktown


With at least a 2 year wait, I'll be ready for that no problem
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11 Dec 2010 05:59 PM
But seriously...how do I get my name on that list?
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