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07 Aug 2014 03:47 PM
We have non rates at our station but they are in facilities engineering and they pretty much just mow lawns and fix housing stuff. As far as anything aviation related, you can get duck qualified and go on a duck flight most likely. You can watch the helicopters fly in. You can come hang out in the swimmer shop for a couple of minutes if you're not annoying. You can be less grumpy than you would be at a boat station. That being said, the chances of being a non rate at an air station are very very slim. Not just one "very" slim. Thats 2 "very" slims.
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07 Aug 2014 06:30 PM
If you were on a cutter you would be happier than you ever thought possible. We have cookies.
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11 Aug 2014 06:46 PM
Posted By Gears on 07 Aug 2014 07:30 PM
If you were on a cutter you would be happier than you ever thought possible. We have cookies.

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16 Aug 2014 02:30 PM
What are the chances of you getting the platform that you want to work on right out of a-school, particularly c-130s because i know their is only 4 air stations that have those.
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16 Aug 2014 07:43 PM
I've been looking into this rate for a while now and I just have one question at the moment. What kind of sea time is required for advancement in this rate?
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17 Aug 2014 10:02 AM
RPOST, It is a crap shoot. Do well in your class and it is pretty good. Essentially the way it works is at some point in school they will give you a list of all of the open billets. The #1 student in the class gets his first pick, and so on down the list. Just like any dream sheet be realistic. If you want to get H60's in San Diego and won't accept anything less, you will be disappointed. If you want C-130's somewhere, you will probably be ok. Most classes have a mix of rotary and fixed wing billets.

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Aviation doesn't require sea time. Once you are on the aviation side, sea time is not even a concern or mention although it does help when it comes time to take the SWE.
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09 Oct 2014 11:53 AM
Lol I love how it's referred to as "the aviation side", almost like "the dark side".

Can't wait to get into AMT A school, even though its a long road.
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09 Oct 2014 02:16 PM
The aviation side is certainly not the dark side!! You bite your tongue and if you keep that attitude up you'll be the first mech stationed permanently on a cutter.
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09 Oct 2014 03:35 PM
The dark side? Aviation is all sunshine and rainbows.
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13 Nov 2014 06:02 AM
Hey guys I had a few questions about being an aircraft mechanic in the Coast Guard compared to the Air Force. I know you guys do pretty much everything on the aircraft where as the Air Force we have different specialist for say sheet metal, engines, and electric. We work a lot of 12 hour shifts usually I feel lucky if I get out before my 12 hours hits. Is that similar in the Coast Guard? I fly with my aircraft maybe once a month not even that much. I know you guys must all be qualified as aircrew so do you guys fly everyday or a few times a week? For A school is it general aircraft knowledge like what flight controls are, inspections, and tools? Then once you get to your base you learn about your specific aircraft? Thanks for any help!
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25 Nov 2014 01:34 PM
I know you have to be an E3 before you "tryout". Are there any other time or service requirements? I understand that as a college grad, one would be an E3 after boot camp. Can you apply for A school right away?
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25 Nov 2014 10:32 PM
As a college grad, you'd be an E-3, correct.
You can apply for A school after you finish your quals at your first station, estimated 4-6 months.
Do a google search for "USCG A school wait list".
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25 Apr 2015 06:47 PM
BTW what does MIS or INC mean when reading the A-School list holds?
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25 Apr 2015 07:18 PM
Its on Page 3:
MIS – Miscellaneous
• Any member with a MIS hold, Please contact ASTC Ariola, ET1 Spencer or YN2 Riollano for any questions or if you have an update on your members hold status. It is very important to update your hold status since members with a hold will not be issued orders to “A” School.
INC- Incomplete
• This type hold is assigned to members with incomplete E-4 EPME AQE. Once you pass with a score of 85 or above you must notify ASTC Ariola, ET1 Spencer, or YN2 Riollano to remove the hold.
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26 Apr 2015 04:41 PM
thanks so much, I actually found that right after I posted. what does MIS mean usually do you have to get in trouble?
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23 May 2016 02:07 PM
Whats the differences between AMT1, AMT2 and AMT3? what do the numbers mean next to AMT?
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23 May 2016 02:10 PM
how do AMTs become flight mechanics for helicopter? do you have to get some seniority to be able to be in the helicopter? what the average wait time to become a flight mechanic?
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24 May 2016 11:12 AM
Rich, you're asking about a really great job, and this is exactly like restaurants, at the one that's 'not that great' there is no wait, they'll even shove the food thru a window at you while you sit in your car, but at the one that's good... there's always a line. You are asking about the great restaurant where it's great for a reason and you do get seated but you do have to wait a while, not too long, but a little while....
I am not an AMT, but have worked with many people in Aviation, so here goes; the numbers after the letters are rank. AMT 1 is an E-6, an Aviation Maintenance Technician First Class. That would be one of the few AMT shop supervisors. Beneath him he would have lead AMT's, these would be AMT2's, military pay grade E-5, Aviation Maintenance Technician Second Class, these would be the section leaders, they'd supervise a section of the team of AMT3's in performing the maintenance on the helicopters or airplanes.
What you are asking is what the 'wait list' for AMT 'A' school is when you ask about the wait time to become a 'flight mechanic' - we have AirCrewMembers. In the USCG, ALL Aviation Maintenance Technicians fly as crewmen in the aircraft, so the service has to be certain you are dedicated and physically capable, so you have to wait for school, you'll have to get a 'flight' physical at some point along the way, and you will have to work (and you will be watched to make sure you are capable while you work, that you have that dedication the service demands - after all, people's lives will be in your hands later as an AirCrewMember) while you wait for your seat to open up in an Aviation Technical School. Many other services, you can touch the helo, work on the aircraft, fuel it, wash it, grease it, wipe it down, but you're never, ever, going to fly in it. Not so in the USCG. You go into an Aviation technical field, you fly as a crewman, part of the team, and that goes for everyone. I know of no one who went into USCG aviationd and did not fly as Air Crew, we're just too small for that nonsense.
So, here is the way it used to work, (it may work slightly differently now), you go thru basic training, you request an aviation school, and you take a flight physical, once you pass the flight physical you get put on the list and you await your seat, while you await your seat in class, you work at what your unit does and you work on your qualiifications at that unit to do what they do; and this will not be aviation; your ability to learn and get qualified at what the USCG needs you for is a precise indication of your ability to adapt and meet the demands of the USCG aviation job you are after. You get your orders to school, and as aviation is a great job, so many people want into it - across all the services, not just the uscg - that wait can seem long, but it flies by. After you get to and thru school, you are assigned to your unit and start working immediately on getting qualified as a crewmember, all the practical knowledge you need to know. That's the way it worked 'back when' and if there are any differences, I'm sure people will dive right in here and define and correct away. If I can make a recommendation, don't focus on numbers, months, whatever, focus on the work, the job, talk to people, and you'll find you're asking about a really great job. It's kind of like restaurants, at the one that's 'not that great' there is no wait, they'll even shove the food thru a window at you while you sit in your car, but at the one that's good... there's always a line. You are asking about the great restaurant where it's great for a reason and you do get seated but you do have to wait a while, not too long, but a little while.... best of luck.
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24 May 2016 11:44 AM
Thanks Hooligan! That was a great analogy, and it completely makes sense! And i am definitely willing to wait for the perfect career! thank you for explain the numbers next to "AMT". also it is great to hear that most all AMTs will have the opportunity to fly as an aircrew member! i am excited for this great opportunity ahead of me!
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02 Jun 2016 05:06 PM
Flight mechanics or better known as flight mechs are only on 60s and 65s. Every airstation is different on the length of time it takes to make flight mech. Flight mech is a qualification that basically certifies you to operate the rescue hoist for our missions. Immediately after a school you'll work on basic aircrew or better known as BA, and this roughly takes you 6 months. You have to be a BA to advance from AMT3 to AMT2. Therefore, unless you come across a medical condition during or after a school, you will fly. Once you're a BA you'll either start your flight mech syllabus or go on a waiting list. The reason for the waiting list is due to the high demand for training flights for current and upcoming flight mechs.
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15 Jul 2016 12:11 AM
First, thank you to everyone on this site who has been answering my questions. You have all helped me immensely.

What is the typical tour length at each air station before PCSing? I know some helos go out on cutters for a period of time, do any other frames go on extended trips, specifically fixed wing?
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23 Dec 2016 08:02 AM
Do any of you know of a study guide to read prior to entering AMT 'A' school?   Is the test the same as the FAA AMT test?  Thanks in advance

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28 Dec 2016 01:03 PM
The tests are not the same. Also, there is not just one "test" during A-school. There are multiple. Everything you will need to know to pass the required training is taught while in A-school. This is done purposefully so that somebody with zero knowledge of aviation or mechanics can come in and be a newly trained AMT in 6 months. Once at your first aviation unit you'll find that a lot of people group together to study and take the FAA A&P test.
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24 Jun 2017 09:13 AM
What kind of limitations are set for a non-rate to work on and earn quals while waiting for their AMT A School? If there is a 12 - 18 month wait list, what opportunities would someone have to get as many quals towards AMT as they could?
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24 Jun 2017 10:09 PM
Whats the process of being assigned to a unit out of A school in comparison to being assigned your first unit out of basic? Do you have more or less say in where you might be stationed? Also has anyone worked or known someone who has worked at OPBAT?
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20 Jul 2017 03:59 PM
To answer both questions:

1. As a non-rate, there aren't any quals that will be needed to be an AMT until you actually get to A-school.  Your focus out of boot camp is to become fully qualified at your unit, put your name on the A-school list and get your flight physical completed.  After that, wait it out while you move up the list and do your best to stay out of trouble.  Complete your E-4 EPME requirements before going to school to make your life easier. 

You should show a strong work ethic, and once qualified, you can ask your command to send you TDY to an air station to check it out. You will get to shadow an AMT and see what they do on a daily basis. 

2. A-school picks are sort of similar to boot camp in that you have little time from finding out where you're going to when you actually get there. This time period is a a little longer in A-school.  Basically, if there are 20 people in your class then they will give your class 20 picks completely based on needs of the service. Your class rank is determined by test scores while in A-school so it pays to put the time in and study hard. If there is a specific airframe you want, it might not be in your list of picks.  Likewise, if it IS there and somebody else picks it, they may not be willing to trade or give it up. 
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05 Sep 2017 05:07 PM
hey guys! havent posted on here for awhile but i just had to come back to ask some questions since everyone was real helpful during my recruiting process.

so ive been at my first unit for a year now and ive decided to go AMT. ive already talked to my chain and im gonna start getting the ball rolling as far as flight physicals and all that go but absolutely nobody at my unit knows anything about the aviation side of things so that brings me here...

my main question is what is A school like? what can i expect to be doing? is it gonna be like bootcamp at all or anything similar? whats the absolute best way to prepare? i owe my success in bootcamp to the more than a year of studying and preparing. i would like to do the same for A school since it IS a long wait anyway (might as well do something productive).

any help would be greatly appreciated!
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17 Dec 2017 01:45 PM
Hi everyone! Hoping someone could help me out with this.

My husband is currently a nonrate and he's now qualified and trying to decide which rate he wants to go. He originally wanted to do ME or BM so he's a deckie (SN). However, after shadowing some AMTs he has really taken an interest into pursuing this rate instead. He's hesitant to put his name on the AMT list though because he's worried that him being an SN as opposed to FN will put him at a large disadvantage when A school rolls around. 

I told him A school would be challenging regardless and he may just have to study a little harder but I want him to be able to do a job he enjoys.

Anyone that can say how much of a disadvantage working as an SN would be for him or if it wouldn't be that bad at all? He refuses to talk to any one in his command or any of the AMT's about it/:

Thank you in advance!

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18 Dec 2017 06:45 AM
He should not refuse to speak to anyone about it, they have the best knowledge. But honestly, it does not matter at all. Plenty of SN have gone into aviation rates. I'm not sure why he believes an FN would make a better AMT than a SN?? That isn't even logical. If that is where his desire is, that is what he needs to go for. He needs to speak up and ask questions, there is no shame in asking someone superior "Hey, I would like to get your opinion on........"
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08 Mar 2018 08:37 PM
Makes no difference SN or FN in anyway, whatsoever. That should not even be a deciding factor.
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