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21 Apr 2013 11:16 AM
How do the working hours go for IS? If you're on shore is it a 9 to 5 sort of thing or is it shift schedule?
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06 Sep 2013 06:40 AM

Has anyone heard anyhting in regards to A School quotas for the next few years? The latest force notes hasn't been released so I was wondering if anyone had overheard something or read anything.

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11 Aug 2014 10:17 AM
I just have a question about obtaining a Top Secret Security Clearance. After I graduate Boot Camp, I'll be an E-3. I know there is a four month waiting time to apply to A School for all recent graduates. However, if you want to enter an A School which requires a TSS (like IS) can you start the clearance process and interviews right away or can you only start once the four months is up?
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27 Aug 2014 10:50 AM
Ask your yeoman when you get to your first unit.
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23 May 2015 04:54 PM
Is this a rate that is mostly ashore, working in an office? or is there a chance to be in the field, getting weapons training, tactical boat crew, boardings, etc.? time on a cutter?
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24 May 2015 07:48 AM
No, this isn't the rating for those frontline roles. The only IS rate that has a billet afloat is IS1, on the NSCs. Those roles you mentioned are primarily done by JOs, MEs, BMs, GMs and MKs.

For some OPS we had a TDY IS1 come and stand duty with their equipment in CIC on the 210' to aid in the mission.  They did a lot of admin work with FIR drafting and briefing the operational folks.  You can expect to be ashore at large units (MIFC LANT/PAC, District, Sectors, etc.) for most of your career as an IS.
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16 Jun 2015 10:06 PM
Actually there are IS cutter billets opening up. In addition to the NSCs, ISs are starting to take over other billets on the WMECs I believe. They're trying to transition from TDY opportunities to full time IS billets.
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21 Jun 2015 12:08 PM
IS on a cutter would be awesome, my worry is that I'll go IS and never get the chance to be on a cutter for anything more than the chance TDY and will always be on shore behind a desk.

I read that an IS can be stationed at an Air Station, how common is it for an IS to get AirCrew? and can someone give me an idea of what an IS would do on a USCG airframe? 
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21 Jun 2015 03:17 PM
I've only met one IS - he was TDY on my 378 - and I'm pretty sure he would say sitting at a desk in CIC isn't really that much different than sitting at a desk at Sector. That's not to say there are not differences, but a desk job is a desk job. If you don't want a desk job, don't get a desk job.
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25 Jun 2015 04:20 PM
Hello all, I'm interested in becoming an IS reservist and would like to talk to someone who knows about this rate. Mostly I would like to know if there are opportunities for reservists to get some active duty experience and get further training/education in the rate.
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30 Jun 2015 05:49 PM
Tri - It's going to be MORE likely to get on a cutter as your billet, but not a guarantee.
No, you're probably not going to get Air Crew as an IS. From what I've been told, and IS at an Air Sta is basically just there to give Intel briefs to the flight crews on a periodic basis or before they deploy.

ebee - that's basically what I hear too, but I haven't been on my first deployment yet.

Btown - There are a few. There are two reservists at my current unit that are doing an extended tour here where they are in watch rotation with us.
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03 Jul 2015 11:22 AM
More likely to go on a cutter as an IS? Im hoping to get on one for at least one tour in my career, but IS looks like the way to go so far.. I just don't want to miss out on the cutter experience
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04 Jul 2015 05:02 AM
Well, more likely than it used to be, just because they're starting to shift from TDY cutter tours to actual IS underway billets.
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04 Jul 2015 09:48 AM
That would be amazing, may have just made my rate decision that much easier!
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16 Dec 2015 10:26 PM
Hello!

I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 

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Posted By CG_Shelton on 16 Dec 2015 10:26 PM
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I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 



So why would you not pass your SSBI, if you have none of these red flags?
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17 Dec 2015 09:00 AM
I'm not sure I understand what the concern is. You are saying you basically have zero red flags but are concerned you won't get the proper clearance. What skeleton could you possibly have that would stop you? Also, if what you want is one thing why settle for a second thing?? If you at least try and something happens so that you can't get the first thing, you tried. If you settle, you'll always wonder. Never settle.
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Posted By CG_Shelton on 16 Dec 2015 10:26 PM
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I am currently a recruit (E-3) about to go to boot Jan/Feb 2016...I'm stuck between 2 rates, ME and IS...
I'm leaning toward IS, but my concern is not passing the TS/SCI background investigation. My criminal record is completely clean and I don't have ties to ANY foreign agency, and I don't really have any international friends. So what do people typically get disqualified for in the SSBI? I'm probably over analyzing  but I'd at least like some insight...Thanks! 


While I can't help you with anything USCG specific, I have held a TS/SCI since 1986, so let me address your concerns.

If you have no red flags, you don't have to worry. Worry more about the long backlog in getting clearances. My son got a job requiring a clearance at the age of 18. When he filled out his e-QIP, they told him to provide info in each section just back to his 18th birthday (except the Education section). He provided a complete e-QIP last August. 

In February of this year, they finally contacted him and asked him for some amplifying data (exact street addresses for some contacts). That's right. Six months before they even looked at his package. Here we are in March, and finally the investigator has contacted him and some contacts on his SF-86 to set up interviews. After the investigator is done, it'll still be many months until the SSBI is complete. 

WRT the e-QIP (SF-86, same thing), the important thing is to NOT lie about anything. Tried pot? Put it on there. Drank beer at a party while under age? Put it on there. If you state that you've never tried marijuana, then the investigator talks to one of your friends and that "friend" tells all about the great party he went to with you where you guys got stoned, well then you've proven you can't be trusted to tell the truth. Why would Uncle Sam take a chance that you'd protect the nation's secrets?

And before you think that your friends wouldn't snitch on you, look at it from their POV. They have some government official show up at their door, flash a badge, explain what they're doing and that everything they tell them will be put in a report, cross-checked and scrutinized. Add to that the fact the investigator may (and oftentimes will) ask that person, "Anyone else in this neighborhood/building/city who knows Mr. CG_Shelton whom I can talk to?" And then all of a sudden, your investigator is talking to someone else who knows you and maybe you didn't want to put on your e-QIP for some reason or other.

You will be asked about your patriotism. Well, if you want to serve your country, you probably already agree with the things that make our country great, e.g. The Constitution, right?  (Know that your enlistment oath will state that you'll defend that document and all it stands for to the death, so if you haven't read it yet or in a long time, might be worth taking a look.) 

BL: Fill out your security clearance paperwork fully and honestly. It's not the end of the world if you forget something. I've pointed out to investigators at my 5-year reinvestigations, "Oh crap, when I went on that trip to the UK, we also stopped over in Ireland. I forgot to list Ireland on my sheet" and, like I've said, I've held one for almost 30 years now. (Granted, if you say, "Yeah, I forgot to mention that while I was an exchange student in Azerbaijan I stopped over in Tehran really quickly to check out the sites," you probably won't get a clearance.)
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23 Apr 2016 07:17 PM
Does anyone know if Intelligence Specialists get to go underway? At least TAD, maybe even a full tour?
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Posted By Servire on 23 Apr 2016 07:17 PM
Does anyone know if Intelligence Specialists get to go underway? At least TAD, maybe even a full tour?

This question was answered already. Look at the post of 24 May 2015 by thestormiscoming
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27 Oct 2016 06:11 AM
Just have a quick question regarding IS. How realistic is it to get accepted into? I see that the requirements on the ASVAB is AR + VB= 109 and Top Secret Clearance. I am 24 years old and currently finishing up my master's degree in administration of justice with a concentration in homeland security.  How competitive? 

Just trying to find out realistic careers and opportunities before enlisting. 

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Posted By mbons36320 on 27 Oct 2016 06:11 AM
Just have a quick question regarding IS. How realistic is it to get accepted into? I see that the requirements on the ASVAB is AR + VB= 109 and Top Secret Clearance. I am 24 years old and currently finishing up my master's degree in administration of justice with a concentration in homeland security.  How competitive? 

Just trying to find out realistic careers and opportunities before enlisting. 

Thanks for your help,   


There's no competition involved in rating selection. As long as you have the requsite ASVAB and get your Command endorsement, you can put your name on the A School list, just like any other rating
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05 Apr 2017 02:47 PM
so i am currently active duty navy in my process to transfer to the coast guard active duty. I am trying to go to DEPOT and come into the IS field. I guess my question here is do you think that there is any prior service benefits as far as being put on the list for the A-school. If not what is the average waiting time frame to begin schooling? What would you do until actually class up?
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05 Apr 2017 05:19 PM
If you are entering depot and going to your first unit as an E-3, I do not believe you will receive any preferential treatment and get bumped above people who have been waiting on the list. Right now the average wait time is 18 months from the signature date of your name getting on school After boot camp. You will be at your first unit for 4 months before you can put your name on a list. While waiting you will be working at your first unit doing whatever they need. You'll be spending time getting qualified in doing whatever job they need, and then working until you get your orders for "A" school.
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06 Apr 2017 05:26 PM
so even if i go thru direct entry petty officer training i will still come in as an e-3?  That doesnt sound like it makes much sense but i guess thats the military for you.  As far as the unit thing goes the schooling for IS is in yorktown still will i be attached to a unit in yorktown waiting or could i be elsewhere?
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06 Apr 2017 08:25 PM
What pay grade did your recruiter say you would come in as? Did he say you would lateral over to IS?
If he did not, then you will have to go through the same process as everybody else after boot camp. If that is the case, you could be sent to any unit in the Coast Guard.
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07 Apr 2017 06:28 AM
i was told id come in as an e-4 but i dont believe i can go laterally beings i am an hn in the navy and never had experience. I know with the navy you got sent to the location of your school and worked there until it was time to go to school. My biggest issue is im already in yorktown and cant comprehend moving my family only to move them back here.
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26 Apr 2017 11:20 AM
Is the intelligence field work here like  field investigative work, being something that can be translated  to federal law enforcement such as the  FBI, DEA being similar to the human intelligence collector in other branches or is it more of an analyst job of being behind the desk?
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26 Apr 2017 07:16 PM
There's no need to double post. Be patient, and someone will answer.
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10 Feb 2018 10:31 AM
I am prior service Navy about to sign my enlistment into the Coast Guard soon and am really passionate about the IS rating (also got a 93 on my ASVAB). Is it possible for me to get the rating guaranteed to me before signing my contract or would I be required to wait in the wings as a nonrated first? If so, how long would I expect to wait(time spent between finishing boot camp and reporting to A-school in Yorktown)?
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