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Last Post 21 Aug 2015 12:24 PM by rfail1988. 51 Replies.
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29 Jan 2013 05:41 AM
A school is designed to train anyone to do anything with no experience whatsoever. They spoon-feed you all the the information from the most basic fundamentals.

As for advancement outlook, it looks like ET3 is closing up a little bit. The last A school list reduced their projected active duty seats by over half (from 12 to 5 per class). However it's still a shorter wait than HS or AMT for example. IT has closed up HARD lately. Looks like they are projecting only 1 or 2 AD seats per A school class so they are currently projecting over a 2 year wait so far.
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29 Jan 2013 10:33 AM
Lamp-other then hooking up xbox or something similiar he had no experience with electronics. In reality he is learning much more from the guys he works with then from class...that was really basic.....
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29 Jan 2013 10:36 AM
Great! Good feedback. Thank you! And thanks for info on the advancement outlook, rfail.
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31 Jan 2013 07:23 AM
A few words of encouragement: I joined the USCG in Oct 1958. I went to ET school in Groton CT. At that time it was a 30 week course consisting of six 5 week courses, from Basic electronics, Receivers, Transmitters, LORAN, and finally RADAR. I graduated in Sept 1959. When I upgraded to ET2, I received orders to report back to ET school as an instructor. I started teaching math (algebra $ trig - focused on electronics). Then taught RADAR theory and Lab. Then when I upgraded to ET! I had an opportunity to teach Advanced ET School. There were some times when I wished I was somewhere else, BUT, 99% of the time things were good. I never planed to make the CG a career, but some people do and that's OK. I got out of the CG in Oct 1962. I have been in electronics ever since. I worked for a while at a local radio station (WPOP Hartford CT) as a transmitter engineer, and then 25 years in industry as an electronics design engineer. I retired as few years ago. I'm 76 years old now, and I still enjoy working with microcontrollers (PIC, Arduinos, etc). It has been a good life for me, and I'm sure it will be the same for you. So... stick with it, you will be glad you did !!
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03 Feb 2013 05:49 PM
Thanks, nffitz, good insight. That's the attitude I'm trying to have going into it!
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03 Mar 2013 01:29 PM
I'll ask this here since nobody on my boat went to Petaluma for A school:

if my wife gets pregnant soon and I am in A school with her since it's a PCS-school... what are the chances that I'll be able to be with her at the hospital for delivery and birth? and what about the 10 day paternity leave that is normally granted? Would they grant me any of that time off or would they say no since it might cause me to get too far behindl?
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03 Mar 2013 04:31 PM
In my son's A school one of his shipmates wives was due. He actually went home when the sure safe arrived. He was gone for a week. He had to catch himself up but his shipmates helped him and it was not an issue. All things can be different based on class and where you are in the timing if the school. Nothing would be guaranteed if course. But since she will be with you, it will probably be easy to get the delivery day off. The following days, that would be a lot more school discretion.
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07 May 2013 03:57 PM
Worst case scenario, they would put you in the base ET shop and you would help them with various projects until the following class arrives, then you'd be placed with them.
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07 May 2013 07:34 PM
CoastieOnceAgain-I see you are coming back in to the reserves. Since you were at ET 2 when you left I am curious if you found a civilian job where you used any of the skills you learned in the CG?
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07 May 2013 11:12 PM
Magmam,

I got hired at the civilian contractor shop on base even before my enlistment was up.  The pay was excellent, but we got laid off in 2011 because the CG needed a place to put all the LORAN (long range navigation) guys.  Finding work has been hit and miss, but the real challenge was getting certs for everything.  I didn't take advantage of the free certs while I was first in (cisco, FCC, etc) and had to pay for those on my own.  But to really answer your question, I still use what I learned in the CG in my work now.  I'm in contract with the State of California and the department I'm in is pretty similar to what my old shop on the Morgenthau was.
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08 May 2013 01:34 PM
thanks for info
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12 Jul 2013 07:14 PM
Anyone know if I went to a cutter out of A school, and coming from a cutter pre-A-school, would I get a sea pay kicker? I know since ET school is a PCS it may not happen... is A school an exception or would I have to start from scratch toward my kicker after A school?
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25 Jul 2013 02:55 PM

Being an ET Ruled! I was on a 378 and saw the world. Got out and hustled myself into a great job. GI Bill pays for your school when you get out too. ET-A school is tough though.
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25 Jul 2013 03:11 PM
Hi THor...what kind of job did you land? Was it related to your training?
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16 Sep 2014 07:42 AM
How many billets are underway vs afloat?
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18 Sep 2014 04:12 AM
Would anyone frown upon using leather luster on the toe of my new boots for A-school? Just want them to look super sharp. Will this be ok? Thanks in advance.
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30 Sep 2014 05:52 PM
Go for it. it is not frowned upon as it is within regs. but you know hoe leather luster damages boots...

but you will smoke those weekly inspections... cheater
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09 Jul 2015 10:02 PM
im interested in going ET but am not so good with heights. do all ETs on bigger boats have to climb the mast?
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10 Jul 2015 01:34 PM
asked my son-he just came off the Escanaba and said, they would prefer you were willing and able to climb the mast but no one will force you to do it
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10 Jul 2015 06:25 PM
if you are not willing to climb the mast or towers, then ET may not be the right rating for you. Climbing my mast on my FRC is infrequent, but as the only qualified tower climber at my unit, as well as the only one who knows how to weatherproof and test antennas, you will be very disadvantaged if you don't climb. My advice, as brutal as it may sound, is that if you refuse to climb as an ET, then ET is the wrong rating for you. It happens a lot in most ET Billets. It's just part of the job.
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13 Aug 2015 10:55 PM
how is advancement for ETs? Are ETs mostly assigned to big cutters? What are the job prospects like for an ET in the civilian world?
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21 Aug 2015 12:24 PM
ET advancement is slower than FS, OS, BM and MK, but it is picking up nowadays. The smallest cutter an ET can be assigned to is a 110, but they are unicorns in real remote locations, and typically only 2nd classes as independent duty. I am an ET3 on an FRC (154'), and word on the street is they are now assigning two ETs to each FRC - an ET3 and an ET2. They also have independent duty ET2s on 175' and 225' buoy tenders. on 210s, 270s, 378s and NSCs, there is an ET shop with more than 2 ETs onboard. With the exception of the buoy tenders, ETs tend to be in the operations department on all of these boats. They are generally engineers on buoy tenders.

I don't know exactly what the job prospects are as an ET getting out of the CG, because it all depends on you and how you market yourself. I can say though that with the amount of civilians I work with on a daily basis, as long as you are willing to travel, you stand a good chance of scoring a good job outside the CG. but really, why would you? Being an ET is a good gig overall, and so is military retirement! I know that if I wanted to get out of the coast guard, I wouldn't have too much trouble finding a new job in a similar field.
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