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30 Jan 2012 06:08 PM
Thank you! This was very helpful, and confirmed what we were thinking...
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01 Feb 2012 02:21 PM
Are there a lot of cutters that have billets for women?
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01 Feb 2012 02:34 PM
if your assigned to a cutter but have a family, how does this work?
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01 Feb 2012 02:41 PM
You go out to sea, they stay at home. It's pretty simple actually and many Coasties do it every day.
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01 Feb 2012 02:51 PM
thanks Sir, i just meant would we get housing?
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01 Feb 2012 03:08 PM
First things first... I'm looking a little worn out and rough today, but it's still ma'am! LOL

Second thing... yes, anyone and everyone in the CG is authorized some form of housing. They won't let you live on the street. Your "family" means you are married. I have a very long term boyfriend but if I were in the military they would not care about him. Only spouses and children count. But absolutely you will be provided housing or an allowance to allow you to pay for housing if there is no government housing available in the area. Housing is one of the areas that you rarely ever need to worry about. The CG will take care of you and yours in that respect.

And remember... ma'am or just Macie or even Hey You... but please, never sir! LOL
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01 Feb 2012 03:27 PM
oh i am so sorry!

but thank you, not married YET, just trying to get info for when the time comes.

thank you Ma'am.
Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. ~ Mark Twain
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05 Mar 2012 08:14 PM
what is life like at A-school?
is it pretty stressful? kinda like college?
should i bring my truck? and can family visit?
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05 Mar 2012 08:36 PM
http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aft/12614.aspx

This will have a lot of info for you. It's kinda like college, but you learn to be an FS. You will be cooking for the rest of the a-school students, which means you will have some pretty odd hours. Galley opens and 6:30, so I hope you like waking up early! Bring your truck for your days off, and yes your family can visit, BUT know your duty schedule first. As an FS it's different from the rest of Petaluma so I can't even begin to guess. Wait until you learn that before making any plans. And I think cooking for that many people is stressful, but that's why I am not an FS. But it's not at all like bootcamp, so you'll be fine. Once classes and your duty is over, you are free to do whatever you want.
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05 Mar 2012 09:33 PM
Haha I figured it would be odd hours. I like cooking for people do I'm expecting it to be kinda stressfull. Yeh I wasn't going to make any plans until I was settled in, I'll be there for about 3 months starting July22.

Thanks for responding!
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06 Mar 2012 12:01 AM
In theory...

There are a lot of cutters... alot of them have females onboard, but if the female rooms are full and they can't move people around then you cannot get on the boat.

EX: I just got my transfer picks, something like 7 out of 8 of the cutters on the list I can't even try to go to because they don't have room for females.

I want a boat. I want sea time. So my command is working with my detailer to have me stay a year, be tour complete next year, and transfer with my priority 2 next summer, which means I am likely to get one of my top 5 picks out of 300 offered, (historically, my cutter's transferees do pretty well).

You are more likely to go to a bigger boat since there is more female berthing,

FSs need a lot of seatime.
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06 Mar 2012 05:48 PM
Bells...wheres the picks list!
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06 Mar 2012 10:47 PM
CGC ESCANABA
CGC RELIANCE
STA JONESPORT
CGC DAUNTLESS
STA SABINE
STA SOUTH PADRE ISL
STA (SM) WASHINGT
STA BAYFIELD
STA ERIE
STA TAWAS
CGC BOUTWELL
STA LA/LONG BE
STA RIO VISTA
WMSL CREW ALPHA
CGC STEADFAST
STA TILLAMOOK
CGC SEQUOIA
CGC MAPLE
CGC SPAR
CGC SYCAMORE
STA VALDEZ

lol there are, they are captnicks too so we'll see what he'll get.

the only one I woulda took was the 215' out of guam but its male only.

I fleeted up though today to a bm2 spot cause mine got hurt. So I'll do the piece of cake 90 day patrol this year and get my dream job next year. yay
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06 Mar 2012 11:22 PM
Yeh I figured I'd make the sacrifice of going somewhere like Guam, Puerto Rico(even though its not really a sacrifice to go there)...
somewhere I can get sea time. Then put in for somewhere on the mainland.

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07 Mar 2012 08:12 AM
Bells, Sta Valdez. Anchorage & Fairbanks are driveable and the town has a great feel about it! I would go back in a heart beat!
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07 Mar 2012 10:09 PM
Macie you know I will never go back to Alaska! Even though I am going back to Dutch and Juneau. Lol damnit.

I kinda liked Anchorage. It was a real town with real stores. ITS JUST SO COLD AND FAR
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07 Mar 2012 10:51 PM
OK, ok it isn't everyone's cup of tea. But it is a good place to be stationed!
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08 Mar 2012 05:00 PM
The only pick I like is the NSC and of course Long Beach.
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08 Mar 2012 06:50 PM
The bertolf is going to the Arctic, which i dont want anymore of. lol and i woulda took the cali stations but i want a cutter
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08 Mar 2012 07:57 PM
I would take one of the NSCs in a heartbeat. Preferably the Stratton, but it makes no difference really.
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11 Mar 2012 11:11 AM
I would too,but i wanf to wait until i am at least a second before i go back to a big boat again.
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22 Mar 2012 09:09 PM
My husband goes to California for his ''A'' School on April 23, 2012. He's going FS. Can someone message me and help me understand everything about the whole FS training he'll have to go through? Is he going to stressed out from this? He is a GREAT cook, he has 9 culinary credits so I believe he'll do pretty good. I'm going to miss him. I wish me and the new baby could go!
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23 Mar 2012 01:34 PM
I believe it is a 3 month course.
3 weeks of classroom stuff
4 weeks of learning in the kitchen
5 weeks of working in the galley.

I was told it isn't as stressful as basic, it's kind of like college.
Weekends they do PT if I'm correct but once that is done the have the rest of the day free.
Since you are married you are able to visit him and stay in the lodging there, or at least that's what I was told as well.
I heard there is bad cell service there too.

I am too going int FS
I leave for basic in 4 weeks, 2 days. Then I have guaranteed FS A-school July 22.
I'm an alright cook, I've always wanted to go to cooking school and join the CG so I figured doing both was a perfect match.

http://www.uscg.mil/petaluma/FS_Sch...efault.asp

Hope this helps.
Congratulations for you and your husband!
Do something every day that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain. ~ Mark Twain
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23 Mar 2012 02:02 PM
Yes bad cell service
He'll also have duty where he'll have to cook dinner/weekends/holidays ie. not during the classroom days. They have places to stay on base and they are limited. You can get a hotel room with another room for 40-50 a night. My family would come up and stay there.
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25 Mar 2012 04:20 PM
Quick question. I understand that the rankings for fs go fs3, fs2, fs1, Ffc, ffcs, etc... But where does the fso fit? And what is the difference between the fso and the rankings listed above? Is this for fs enlisted who decide to go through ocs? And is the job description the same? I was reading about it here's and was just a little confused: http://www.uscg.mil/epm/AO/FS.asp.

Also according to this, one would need to complete two years of sea duty before advancing to e6 and three years before they can advance to e7. Is this correct? And also is that sea time actual time at sea or is it time an a boat or cutter assignment?

Thanks. Sorry for all the questions. My hubby has finished all of his qualifications -(92 on asvab! So proud!)and is just working on his security clearance paperwork now. Unfortunately his recruiters office is full for this year and so he is waiting to see if his office will agree to open another spot for him. But we are under the understanding that he That they will be penalized if they do this. We were just curious why? Anyone know?

Lastly, if they do wait until the next fiscal year to submit his paperwork what are the chances of him getting a October ship date?

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25 Mar 2012 04:43 PM
The FSO is basically the senior most FS at the unit. On a 378, it would be the FSCS, and on a 270, it would be the FSC.
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26 Mar 2012 06:43 AM
Sea time is time assigned to a cutter, 65 feet or larger. It doesn't mean the time actually underway but assigned to that particular unit. My son has almost 3 years sea time because he has been on the Seneca for that long. They have not been underway that long. BUT Colin's sea time is unrated. That means he was a non-rate while at the unit. I'm not sure about FS but a lot of the time it has to be rated sea time to count. So he might get a ship out of boot but it might not count towards his sea time to make 1st class or Chief. (That just clears it up doesn't it? LOL) Let us know if you have any other questions.
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29 Mar 2012 08:11 PM
Just out of curiosity, could someone who is a complete newbie at cooking (the type of person that only knows how to make toast for example  ) make it as an FS?
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29 Mar 2012 08:14 PM
Yes, while in 'A' school, you will learn all the fundamentals.
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29 Mar 2012 09:06 PM
They will teach you... my grandfather always said if you can read, you can cook. But if you don't have the passion to WANT to cook, that will reflect in your food. If you want to learn and you have a desire to learn, wonderful! If you are contemplating it just because you can move up in rank faster... you won't do well and you will hate your job. Just something to consider.
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