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are you already in the Coast Guard?
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No, I ship Jan 18. I was just wondering so I don't wait any longer to get the name on the list than I have to. I'm taking it I'll get the option during or right after boot?
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it will be after you report to your first unit. You will talk to your supervisor about your goals and then go from there. After you get your first unit post up if they wont help you in the general section or PM me and i will help you through it. But for now worry about what is important getting through boot camp
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22 Dec 2010 12:46 PM
#81 on the December school list...I moved up 4 spots this last month...total of 24 spots since I put my name on the list back in august...I'm slowly getting there..
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#67 this month....getting there...
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17 Feb 2011 03:05 PM
Bennet, have you already received your TSS Clearance? It looks like everyone on the list is waiting for their clearance. I'm wondering if you get you clearance, do you skip those with their clearance still pending?
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Posted By highsurf1982 on 17 Feb 2011 04:05 PM
Bennet, have you already received your TSS Clearance? It looks like everyone on the list is waiting for their clearance. I'm wondering if you get you clearance, do you skip those with their clearance still pending?

No, I won't have the opportunity to get it until I am like six months from going to school.
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03 Mar 2011 01:52 AM

It looks like the active duty folks have a good wait for A School.  Do reservists get put on the same waiting list or does it move quicker?  Do people who are already petty officers in another rate still move to the front of the line?

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08 Mar 2011 02:02 PM
I have a question for anybody who can answer it. I am trying to get on the list for IS, have already had my interview for my background check which will actually be done very soon, my question though is being that it is basically done, won't that mean that I'll be on the list with no holds and that I could be leaving for A school soon? The next class is in may...if I get my name on the list by then is it possible I could be getting orders for that class?

Thanks for the help, 

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09 Mar 2011 08:41 AM
You put in a request through the chain of command when you get to your first unit.
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10 Mar 2011 12:19 PM

I found this website from the Tracen yorktown homepage and felt compelled to post.

1. IS's make it a practice NOT to ADVERTISE their clearances as should all CG members. This is a .org site and if you really believe that Americas adversary's are not reading these boards then IS is not for you. There is a counter intelligence threat out there and we all have to practice OPSEC.

2. If anyone is interested in the IS rate they can visit the rating force master chief's CG Portal page on the CG Intranet and quite a few senior IS's with alot of experience can assist with any questions or concerns about the rating.

3. If you want to talk to a live person feel free to call the schoolhouse, any of the instructors here are more than happy to help you out with possible career decisions. We would rather take the phone call than to have someone learn about the rate from someone who was told by a friend who read about it from a so called IS online.
 
Reach out to the school house or the RFMC website that's what we are here for.

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14 Mar 2011 08:48 AM

Thanks ISC. People what we do is not to be discussed in a public forum.
I created a discussion forum on the IS CG Portal site. Use it vice this forum.

(CG Intranet only)
https://cgportal.uscg.mil/lotus/myquickr/intelligence-specialist-rating-force-master-chief/is-discussion-forums

To answer the one question I get alot though, you will not skip over anybody just because you have your clearance. The SEC will stay by everyones name until they are within a certain window for orders.
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18 Mar 2011 07:00 PM

Is anyone familiar with the IS process for incoming reservists?  I am pretty clear on the active duty side because I was active duty but I am not clear on the process for becoming an IS as a reserve.  Since I would not be at a unit full time, would I get A school orders for IS before coming back into the CG?  When would the security clearance interview be done, before or after coming back in?  If someone could just give me an overview of what the process is like for getting into IS A school as a reservist I would be greatful.

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21 Mar 2011 12:06 PM
You will need to contact a recruiter first. If you are accepted into the CG reserve, you can request to attend IS "A" school providing you meet the requirements. Your recruiter can give these to you. The clearance process will start prior to your being able to be placed on the waiting list.

Members applying for Intelligence Specialist (IS) Class “A” school must have a favorably adjudicated NACLC to be placed on the IS "A" school waiting list. Approximately 120 days from scheduled class convening date, CG PSC-epm-2 will notify the command as well as SECCEN with authorization for the member to start their Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) for a Top Secret clearance. An SCI pre-nomination interview shall be conducted to determine whether or not member’s chances for SCI eligibility are favorable. If interview results are favorable, member shall mail a completed SF-86 SSBI (security clearance package) to the Security Center (SECCEN) via the District Security Manager.
On the CG-5588 form, block 24, the words "IS "A" school applicant" must be entered. On each Intelligence Specialist “A” school application, the command must certify completion of favorable SCI pre-nomination interview and that the security package was mailed to SECCEN. The following statement must accompany each application: “This command certifies that member is a U.S. Citizen and SSBI security package was mailed to SECCEN on (date).” If this statement is not received, the member will be placed on a security (SEC) hold until the command can certify completion. Member must have a favorably adjudicated SSBI to attend IS "A" School. Waivers for security clearances will not be granted.
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21 Mar 2011 05:06 PM
Thank you for the information ISCM Paul. I'm a newbie, what does NACLC mean? 
Thanks!

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22 Mar 2011 11:45 AM
NACLC - This is done for all Secret clearances. National Agency Check with Local Agency Check and Credit Check
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23 Mar 2011 06:33 AM
ISCM Paul-

Thanks for the info. When my recruiter calls to notify me if I have been accepted in the CG or not, is that when she will tell me that my NACLC came back favorable and I'm still eligible for IS consideration?  I have more questions but for now, I will wait to ask. If it's no trouble, would you be ok if I asked you directly off this forum? I understand this is not the appropriate venue to discuss this rating.

Thanks!

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23 Mar 2011 11:43 PM

Master Chief,

Thanks for the good info.  Is this process the same for reservists?  I understand how this works for the active duty side, you get out of cape may, go to your first unit, then put your name on the list..  I understand as a reservist I should have my rating and school lined up before even leaving for cape may. 

 

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I am trying to get in on the reserve side. My recruiter explained that the rating and school will be guaranteed before leaving for boot camp. At boot camp, we will find out the unit assigned to us. I have 3 possible units in my area, so it will be interesting to see what I get. Do you have a ship date?
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28 Mar 2011 10:57 PM
cb1918-  no, I am still waiting to see if I can be readmitted back into the cg reserve with my old rate/paygrade.  If I am told I have to go to A school for my old rate I am going to make a rate change.  So far I know I will be going to DEPOT training but unsure about if I will be entering as an E4 because of my prior service.  So, since you have your rate/A school figured out before you leave for basic, surely the units available for IS have to be more limited than say BM or MK.  Will you be reporting to an IS billet as a non-rate until you go to A school?  Or will you just be sent to any unit in a non-rate position until you go to A school, then after school report to an IS unit?  I am just trying to figure out if non-rates go to IS billets even before they go to A school.  Also, when will you be getting your security clearance considering you have to be cleared before becoming an IS.  does this occur for you even leave for school since you are in the reserves and will be going to a definite A school?
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Hi double! I will PM you 
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01 Apr 2011 08:33 AM
Here are the Intelligence Specialist requirements/procedures followed by a few FAQ's.

Qualifications:

· Must be a US citizen

· Must  have normal color  vision

· Must have normal  hearing

· ASVAB Score: AR+VE = 109

· Must be eligible for a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI)  eligibility.

Note: While not a qualification, persons with

language skills (primarily Spanish) are highly desirable.

 

1. Meet all qualification requirements for IS rating.

2.

 Complete following security clearance procedures:

a.  Member: Initiate  request for IS “A” School through Chain of Command.

b.  Upon receipt of request, command should ensure:

·                Member is a US Citizen

·                Member has a favorable command endorsement

·                Member holds a Secret or clearance issued by the   

    CG Security Center (SECCEN)

·                Local records check is completed and the
                        appropriate box annotated (to include member’s
                        medical record and personnel record).

                Command Security Officer (CSO)  has verified
                member meets security clearance requirements
                and has completed IS “A” School Security
                Checklist and Routing Sheet (checklist located
                on IS “A” School website).  
              
http://cgweb.tcyorktown.uscg.mil/In...school.asp

·               Forward completed checklist to PSC-epm (or rpm) 
         via respective CG Headquarters (HQ) Special
         Security Office (SSO) or Special Security
         Representative (SSR) identified in checklist.

c. Security office (SSO or SSR). Upon receipt of

checklist from members command, security office shall initiate SCI Pre-nomination interview.  If SCI interview results are:  

· Favorable - Checklist shall be forwarded to
   PSC-epm/rpm with a copy sent to IS “A”
   School.

· Not favorable - IS RFMC shall be notified. 
     (IS RFMC will confer with SECCEN and
     appropriate security office to make a final
     determination as to whether member will be
     allowed to proceed with IS “A” School request.

d.   PSC-epm/rpm.  Upon receipt of checklist from security office, PSC shall place member on “A” School
Waiting List.


Once expected wait time to attend IS “A” School is within 120 days, member will be issued orders and will be directed to submit a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) to SECCEN via E-quip for a Top Secret clearance with SCI (TS/SCI) eligibility.  Member must have a Final Top Secret /SCI clearance to attend IS “A” school.  No waivers.


-There is not a guaranteed IS "A" school for active duty personnel. The current wait for active duty personnel once they are placed on the list is approx 24 mos.
Once you are in the Coast Guard, you can access more information on my CG Portal web site. This is only available on the Coast Guard network.
I do not visit this site very often, so be patient if you ask a question.
ISCM Paul
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14 Apr 2011 07:15 AM
I have an "A" school question about IS. I'm going to be in the split training program, so I can stay in college. But, for this degree I'll have to spend my second and third year of college in summer school. Could I do my coast guard "A" school training the first and fourth summers? Or is it possible to finish it in one summer?
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25 Apr 2011 07:02 AM
IS "A" school is 14 weeks long and you have to attend all 14 weeks. There are no split classes.
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14 May 2011 07:03 PM
On the April A School List, there is a (2) next to the January 2012 class. Does this mean it is a double class?
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01 Jul 2011 12:29 AM
Hay would an BS in Computer security Systems with specialization in Computer forensics and a MS in Computer forensics be able to exceed the qualifications, I've got no prior military service but ive got multiple certifications when it comes to digital security and assurance. Also im looking for a reserve position (Most preferably in the NYC area) in the USCG as i plan to continue on to Law school later on. By the way if apply for an Direct commissioning officer program would i be able to attain a rating in IS and/or what enlistee programs are available

SAT score- 2100
GRE- (yet to be taken)
GPA-3.6
Languages known- Fluent in English and Spanish, Knowledge of Latin and understanding of Italian
Knowledge of southern European culture/Latin American culture/West Indian (carribean) culture
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21 Sep 2011 09:47 AM

First and foremost, do not start rumors.

If you did not hear it from me or the ISCM at Yorktown, it is garbage.
I am pretty sure that a non IS out in the field is not remotely qualified to answer questions about our rating. It has been posted on here several times that I have a CG Portal site for the IS Rating. Use it.

Funding has nothing to do with IS "A" school throughput.

The school also does all of the "C" schools for intel and must make room for them.

Secondly, having a degree does not get you ahead of anyone on the list. From what I have seen, almost every class has about 50% of the students with at least an Associates Degree.

Having a clearance will not move you ahead of anyone. The hold is there to control the number of clearance requests that get sent in. When you are 4-6 months from recieving orders, you and your command will get notificaction to start the clearance process.

Talk to the recruiters. They get paid to answer your questions if you are not already in the CG. They can call me if they need more information.
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19 Oct 2011 11:30 AM
I am very interested in the IS rating and I meet all the requirements.

I am curious to what kind of work one can find with IS training once they're out of the military. Does anyone know of a former IS who work for a government intelligence agency (NSA, DHS, CIA, etc) or if there are any private sector opportunities for those with IS training?
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08 Dec 2011 10:25 AM
I have just been accepted for my IS Reserve position!! Very excited..time is going to fly by now!!!
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08 Feb 2012 12:43 PM
I spoke with a recruiter today regarding my interest in the IS rating. I have a college degree and was instructed I will come in the CG as a E-3. Once I complete boot camp, and move to my first billet how long do I have to wait before I can place my name on the list for IS A school? Also, do any of you know how long the current wait is for IS A school?

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