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08 Feb 2012 03:17 PM
Here is the link to the A School list. IS looks currently to be at a 24 month wait for A School. There are currently 132 people on the list for that particular school. You will be required to wait the 4 months to get qualified before you can put your name on the list. If your quals take longer, you wait longer. It is a pretty good incentive to getting those qualifications completed.

http://www.uscg.mil/psc/epm/docs/A-SchoolList.pdf

Feel free to keep a check on that list, it is published on or about the 15th of every month. Sometimes there are dramatic changes to things, sometimes it stays pretty even keel.
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24 Mar 2012 05:14 PM

fyi the wait for IS a-school is projected to be 4-6 years (according to EPM).

Long wait but choose your rate choose your fate. I know im waiting

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25 Mar 2012 08:17 PM
I just checked the 3/15 A school list ; it says 'more than 36 months' . Extrapolating that to 4-6 years seems a stretch to me.
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26 Mar 2012 01:06 PM
Posted By KD on 25 Mar 2012 08:17 PM
I just checked the 3/15 A school list ; it says 'more than 36 months' . Extrapolating that to 4-6 years seems a stretch to me.

I didn't extrapolate anything from the more than 36 month wait according to the A-school list. My command was directly told by the A-School assignment officer when I was putting my name on the list that the wait might very well be 4-6 years and to plan accordingly
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29 Mar 2012 10:11 AM
Posted By iking3i on 08 Dec 2011 11:25 AM
I have just been accepted for my IS Reserve position!! Very excited..time is going to fly by now!!!

I know this post is old, but hopefully you still check the boards or someone else can help me out.

I'm planning to go reserves and IS is an option in my area. I'm wondering how long it typically takes to actually get to boot camp if you want to go IS, though. Since you have to have A School set up before you go, do you have to wait until your Top Secret clearance is good before you can even go to boot?

(Speaking to my recruiter in a couple weeks, but like most I hate to wait til then to try to have some of my questions answered)
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29 Mar 2012 10:20 AM
Unless you are reserve, or maybe (maybe!) going FS, you will not have a guaranteed A school. You will arrive at your first unit as a non-rate and wait 4 months minimum, or until your basic qualifications are finishes AND your command says so, before putting your name on an A school wait list. Then your waiting time will begin.

You will not go to A school without the proper clearance ;you can often begin to get the background investigation rolling before your name is on the wait list but not before going to bc. That bg check is quite basic.
If you have your heart set on a rate, don't be put off by the wait time. Lots of things can happen to change the length of a wait list. You have to be somewhere in the meantime anyway, and there are worse things than getting paid to wait for what you want.

And uscg andrew, thank you for the more complete information.
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29 Mar 2012 10:23 AM
Posted By KD on 29 Mar 2012 10:20 AM
Unless you are reserve, or maybe (maybe!) going FS, you will not have a guaranteed A school. You will arrive at your first unit as a non-rate and wait 4 months minimum, or until your basic qualifications are finishes AND your command says so, before putting your name on an A school wait list. Then your waiting time will begin.

You will not go to A school without the proper clearance ;you can often begin to get the background investigation rolling before your name is on the wait list but not before going to bc. That bg check is quite basic.
If you have your heart set on a rate, don't be put off by the wait time. Lots of things can happen to change the length of a wait list. You have to be somewhere in the meantime anyway, and there are worse things than getting paid to wait for what you want.

And uscg andrew, thank you for the more complete information.
Thanks for the response. I am going reserve, not active, which is why I was trying to figure out how the timing works with the clearance. I know I wouldn't start A School w/out the clearance, but was trying to figure out if I could even go to boot w/out the clearance since an A school date would have to already be set for me.
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29 Mar 2012 10:31 AM
In that case, your recruiter is your only real source of info. The paperwork for a TS is daunting and time-consuming. Ask for direction.

Once you have started the process, though, keep track of what you have submitted and when, and follow up. Keep copies of everything. Stuff can get lost, and reinventing wheels just slows things down.
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02 Apr 2012 08:21 AM
Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.
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02 Apr 2012 08:50 AM
I don't have the answers to particulars like that, ebee, sorry! :/

There used to be some much more knowledgable individuals monitoring this thread, though. Have you read all the way back through?
It is also good to ask for help finding a real, live IS to ask questions. They can be hard to find though! Again, ask your recruiter for help.

Stick to it if it really interests you.
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Posted By ebee on 02 Apr 2012 08:21 AM
Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.

There is opportunities for IS's to leave desk positions and go elsewhere, lets just say that.
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08 Apr 2012 11:08 AM
Posted By uscgandrew on 07 Apr 2012 01:11 PM
Posted By ebee on 02 Apr 2012 08:21 AM
Thanks, KD. Will certainly follow up w/ the recruiter next week. I have a couple other questions about IS; I understand if they can't be answered online.

Do IS's get a chance to do boardings, etc, or are they only doing desk work?

Are there many opportunities for IS volunteer deployments? I'm planning to go reserves, but I actually would like to be deployed/go underway at some point.

There is opportunities for IS's to leave desk positions and go elsewhere, lets just say that.

Thanks. I know people probably really can't say much  Will chat with the recruiter next week.
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08 Apr 2012 02:53 PM
I will be going off to A School in Yorktown this May and wanted to know what is the day to day schedule like. What time do you report, how long is the work day, exercise, do you get night and weekends to your self. I will be doing the IS school.
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14 Apr 2012 09:31 PM
Day starts out with PT. We did PT 4 days a week, but the PT program for you will be different. We were the last class to do PT the IS A school way. The day ends anywhere between 1600-1615, however, you can stay longer for study hall. Nights and weekends you will get to yourself unless you're on duty.
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11 Jun 2012 09:42 AM
I was reading that IS A school is 21 days but the USCG site says training takes 17 weeks. Do they move you from A school to C school right away? Anyone gone through the program?
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11 Jun 2012 10:08 AM
Typical answer: it depends. Some students stay for a C school right after finishing A school...some don't. Depends on their orders and next assignment. Know that's not really helpful...but there it is.
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17 Jun 2012 03:43 PM
+1 KD

IS A school is 14 weeks.
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19 Jul 2012 05:47 PM
Oddly enough I live within 5 minutes from the training center in Yorktown. I understand there will be restrictions and uncontrollable factors, however is there a possibility that I may be allowed to commute to and from my house during A school? (I'm married with kids if that changes anything).


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19 Jul 2012 09:19 PM
You said wife and kids, which means more than one child. Are you joining the reserves? If not, you will be over the dependent limit for active duty, unless you have prior military service and were already in intelligence in your previous service.

You can meet the standard, or you can set the standard. It's your choice.
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21 Jul 2012 12:05 AM
Reserves.
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21 Jul 2012 08:31 AM
Understood. I don't think it would be an issue. You would have to stay on base for duty nights though.
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25 Jul 2012 07:42 PM
To back Cooch, there is a member in my class that lives just outside the base with his wife and kids. He heads out every evening after class.
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02 Aug 2012 04:36 PM
Does anyone know where I can find a video or more info on this rating. youtube does not have an info video on the IS rating and I would like to knew more.
Additionally, where can I find rates and ASVAB scores need for rates?
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02 Aug 2012 07:01 PM
It will be very difficult to find more info than what is on the GoCoastGuard site. There is a reason it is lovingly called "Secret Squirrel". The great majority of it cannot be discussed in open forum areas. I suggest you find an actual IS and ask questions face to face. What can be discussed, will be. What can't, won't. Then please, I hope this goes without saying, don't repeat it here. There is enough here to give a smattering of an idea... it is just one of those that those in the know, know. Those that don't have a need, will never know. Myself included. I would love to know but I don't have a need to know so I am satisfied with that.
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03 Aug 2012 12:08 AM
Go back a page, and you will find an April post from RFMC Paul with the complete list of requirements.  That's as knowledgeable as it gets.  
 If you are active duty, hunt down an IS to talk to---pester people, get on the phone, travel to other stations, whatever it takes; if you are not, you will have to wait until you are.
 I saw finding an IS to talk to described as 'looking for a needle in stack of needles at a needle factory' once.
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15 Jan 2013 08:41 PM
I heard through the grapevine today that they are talking about combining OS and IS rates in the near future. Has anyone heard anything about this or know if it has any truth behind it. I have been on the IS A school list for over a year now and just want to make sure Im not wasting my time. The current wait is over 46 months while the OS wait is only 9-12. Thank you to anyone with info.
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15 Jan 2013 09:27 PM
From time to time throughout your career, you will hear rumors like this one. As a Storekeeper, ie heard several times that we were going to be combined with the Yeoman. MKs were rumored to be combining with EMs at one point as well. Until you see it in the force notes, I wouldn't give it too much thought. ISs are stationed in much different places, and have a drastically different job than OSs, that is why they created the job a few years ago. I highly doubt they would do away with it this quickly.
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16 Feb 2013 01:59 PM
I currently work for a police department on the East Coast and I'm looking to enlist in the CG Reserves after completing my probationary period. I was curious about the Intelligence Specialist rating. Are there a decent amount of opportunities for IS3's to go to schools and get promoted? Or are such opportunities few and far between in this rating? A little background on me, I've got a bachelor's degree and I know some Spanish. I plan on becoming fluent within the next year. I'm very interested in IS but I also want to be in a rating where there is room for advancement. Any input from some of the Coasties on here would be excellent, thanks in advance. 
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21 Apr 2013 04:30 AM
Just wondering if anyone knows whether or not the RFMC still maintains an IS forum in the CGPortal? I know there used to be one before they changed it, now I can't seem to find a link to a forum. I'm assuming they did away with it, but maybe I'm just over looking it somehow?
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21 Apr 2013 09:01 AM
They redid a lot of the portal pages, just search for it and it should come up
Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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