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29 Mar 2012 08:23 PM
Thanks for the replies. I can actually cook well (not great) and have been interested in cooking for awhile now thanks to Gordon Ramsay believe it or not. I've gotten better and better but am by no means a cooking expert hence the question. I was worried about going for FS if I was going to be stuck with a bunch of chefs and culinary students and didn't want to get left in the dust if FS is possibly in my future. FS is probably my #3 or #4 choice at the moment and wanted to find out a bit more info. Thanks again!
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29 Mar 2012 08:37 PM
Great answer! I'm glad it isn't just for rate climbing. Gordon Ramsay is a jerk but I love him and he can be an excellent motivator! I can see where he might inspire you to want to cook more and better. There will be some culinary types and there will be some like yourself, you want to... can you? Of course! Put your mind to it and you can do anything.
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26 Apr 2012 04:36 PM
So my husband just got his boot camp and A-school dates today. YAY! It sounds like he ships out to boot on July 24, and he should be going to A school for the October 8th start date. Here are my questions:

1) will the coast guard send him back to our home in Alabama for his five days off before he flies to CA? Or will we have to pay for his NJ to AL ticket and then they will pay to fly him to fly (or drive) to CA?

2) If his A- school is 12 weeks long, and he is starting on October 8th, then that means that he will graduate on December 31st. Does anyone know how they work this around the Christmas holiday? Will he get a day or two off? I plan to fly there with my son so we can have Christmas with him, but I just wanted to find out anyone had some tips on this.

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28 Apr 2012 03:49 PM
1) The CG will pay for him to get from NJ to CA. Alabama is kind of on the way, so, personally what I would is buy his ticket home for him at the same time you buy your ticket to NJ (assuming you are going to graduation). Don't do this until week 6 or so of bootcamp, because he may not graduate on time for any number of reasons. The CG will pay you back some, if not all, of this money. If your husband chooses to drive to CA, he will get 9 days drive time. My mom and I did it in 6 days from Orlando, it took us 1 day to get to New Orleans from there, and we lost a day because my car died! If he flies to CA, he will get 1 day travel time. In this case, I'd recommend driving if possible. If he arrives early, it will save him leave days which he can use in the future. I stayed home for 5 days, but because I got to California 3 days early, I saved 3 days of leave. I also got all of my plane ticket home reimbursed.

2) I can almost promise you he will not be graduating Dec 31st. It will most likely be around the 27th of December, since FS graduations are on Thursdays I think. However, Petaluma has a Christmas exodus, so he may *MAY* graduate early. However, since the FS students are the ones who cook for the base, I would not count on this, because he could very well graduate later. Honestly, do not plan on anything until his class advisers tell him what is going on.
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28 Apr 2012 08:13 PM
Hi FloridaGirl!
Thanks so much for the info. Maybe you can clarify a little more for me about the leave/travel time. I was under the understanding that my husband would get five days off in between the end of boot and his A-school. Is this considered leave (like, does he have to use the four days of leave that he will accumulate at boot camp for this?), or is this some other kind of allowed leave for traveling? We were thinking we would fly back to our home in AL the evening after his graduation, and then have five days here, and then he would fly to CA on the sixth day (his one day of travel time). We have considered driving but aren't sure we have a reliable enough car to give him for three months. Still looking into that. I guess we could possibly drive from Cape May to Petaluma, but I'm not sure if that would be the best decision time wise/financially. If he drives will they pay for gas and hotels for the trip there? We just want the most time possible with him between boot to A-school because we also have a 1 year old, who will at that time be about a year and a half, and I know my husband will want every second with him- and me- possible.

Thanks for the clarification. All of the details are pretty fussy right now.
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28 Apr 2012 08:16 PM
OH- and if he "saves" travel leave time by arriving early he can reuse those days at a later time? I thought those days were only allotted for travel? ie- use them or loose them type of thing?
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28 Apr 2012 08:16 PM
It is charged to his leave, yes. Your plan for him to fly to CA on the sixth day would work just fine.
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28 Apr 2012 08:18 PM
#fuzzy, not fussy. ha!!! woops.

And Cooch- thanks! Does day one of his five day leave between assignments start on graduation day (as in graduation day is day one) or does the day after graduation count as day one?
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28 Apr 2012 08:22 PM
The day after. Leave begins on Saturday and he will travel to California on Thursday.
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28 Apr 2012 09:17 PM
What I mean by travel time is just for traveling, it is not leave. If he drove (and if you unsure of the car making the journey, I'd go with fly) he would get 5 days of leave - which he earns 2.5 days a month, plus 9 days for travel. Kind of like the way if you fly, you travel on the 6th day. 5 days of leave + 1 travel day.

What I meant by saving leave is that, the CG is going to use your travel days before your leave days. So, I had exactly 2 weeks to get to Petaluma. I took 11 days. So, out comes 9 travel days, and 2 days of leave to make up the difference. As much as he may want to stay at home, I wouldn't use travel time as extra leave time. So, don't stay home for 10 days and say "I can totally get across the country in 4 days!". That is a bad, bad plan. Yes, the CG gives your husband money for gas and hotels.

But, uh, don't drive to NJ. Let him fly home.
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28 Apr 2012 09:31 PM
Ahhhh! Got it. This is so helpful! Thank you for helping to explain all of this.
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05 May 2012 04:36 AM
Im looking for information on FS in the coast guard. Ive been considering the coast guard for about a year now. i get my braces off in 6 months than i will be all set for boot camp. alot of people are doubting my decision for choosing FS but personally i enjoy cooking and wanted to go to culinary school but its jut to expensive. Im pretty sure i will be fine after bootcamp (very nervous) i think i will love the coast guard I just dont want to be stuck with a horrible job for four years. anything helps!
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05 May 2012 07:33 AM
IMO, the FS has the most important job at any unit. We can't do anything if we can't eat. If you really want to go to culinary school, FS is the way to go. You'll have opportunities to go to advanced culinary schools and learn techniques others will pay big $$$ for. Do what's best for you, not what other people think is best for you.
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29 May 2012 11:02 PM
So, my hubby just swore in this morning. YAY! His boot date is July 24th, and A-school starts Oct 8th (Or right around then...)

Today when we were signing paperwork the recruiter told us that it's possible that while my husband is at A-school that we MIGHT get Petaluma BAH? She said that she wasn't sure and that the Yeoman would explain it all to my husband at boot. But I was just wondering if you guys had any insight. My gut says no, that he'll still get BAH from our home of record for boot AND A-school. But I thought I'd ask since it's almost twice what we'll get for our current location.

Lastly, the recruiter also wasn't sure if he would be getting the family seperation allowance for boot OR A-school. If he does qualify for it, do we need to do anything to apply for it? Or is it an automatic thing?

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29 May 2012 11:54 PM
He will get BAH for his home of record. As for the seperation pay, I have no idea. Occuring to the rules he should, but since boot and a-school are training, often different apply. Hopefully someone else can clarify that for you.
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30 May 2012 12:29 PM
I got FSA for A school. There is a form to fill out, they will do it the first week at A school. It does take awhile for it to kick in though. Don't fret when 2 months pass and you don't see. They will retro pay it.
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20 Jun 2012 03:13 PM
I'm heading to a-school tomorrow but I report in Friday. Can anyone tell me aside from the sea bag list what should I pack? Bed sheets? Towels? Iron? What kind and how much Civilian clothes? Oh and what is the GOLD SHIELD that we should have in our sea bag?
How much should I pack? I'm taking 01 suitcase 01 sea bag and my laptop and phone of course.
My a-school doesn't start until July 16 though so exactly what will I be doing from Friday until then? Is there any way I can get a head start in things I need to study/ know?
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20 Jun 2012 03:32 PM
Towels definitely. Sheets and irons are provided. Bring all the civilian clothes you want. There's a large wardrobe and some drawers to put your things in. Not sure what the gold shield is though.
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20 Jun 2012 05:39 PM
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Pack your own sheets and blankets. I asked the same thing about the GOLD SHIELD its the sheild on top of your Combo cover. Since your getting there early you will b working with the MAA on base hours are 7 to wish. Its really easy. Back a bathing suit so you can lay out by the pool. Pack whatever civil clothes you like you have a pretty big locker to keep all your stuff in and your suit case you can stow under your rack. Oh don't forget to bring a pillow. If you need any other info pm me if you like. I was jus there less than a year ago
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20 Jun 2012 08:13 PM
They will provide sheets and blankets, but I would bring your own. The bed will be an XL Twin. You will need towels though. Irons and ironing boards are provided. I brought a larger suitcase of civilian clothes (I was there for 6 months, from March to September) and I had room. I wouldn't bring any more than that, though. You could, but if you are like me, you'll just end up going shopping and buying things anyway. Also a pain to move if you have your entire seabag and a bunch of civies!
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22 Jun 2012 01:35 PM
I am here now but didn't bring my own sheets, instead I brought a sleeping bag, will that help? I didn't bring a pillow...the one here sucks. I did bring a whole suitcase full of civi's, brought a total of 06 bags: laptop bag, sea bag, duffel bag for uniform stuff, carry on bag for uniform stuff and a large suitcase.
Right now I am in horsely hall but its not my permanent room, I'll find that out in a few weeks. I have liberty until Monday so I'll be sure to get some needed items. Boon dockers, should I get new ones here? I have the ones I was issued in basic but I would like a another pair.
How strict are they here?
What are inspections like? Pretty strict?
I'm excited but kind of nervous because I don't know anyone here.
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22 Jun 2012 02:08 PM
You'll meet people soon enough. No need to worry about that. It's a training environment, so there is a certain level of strictness, but it's not recruit training all over again. Wear your uniform properly and abide by the rules and you will be just fine. You can get a new pair of boots at the exchange. They close at 1600. They have pillows as well if you'd like to get one. The base itself has everything you might need, but otherwise you can take the liberty can out to Rohnert Park to the Walmart or other stores. The liberty can schedule should be in your check in paperwork, but if not, ask the front desk at Horsley Hall. There's a lot of good running/biking trails on the base. If you're not a serious runner, best to hold off on Texas Hill for the time being, unless the plan is to run down it rather than up.
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22 Jun 2012 05:35 PM
If you aren't in your permanent room, are you an early arrival? If so, when does your class start?
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30 Jun 2012 09:20 PM
I am going to FS A-school in September.  My recruiter did some research and found out my graduation would be January 11th.  This is a longer "semester" than the other a-school dates (Oct 8th - Jan 11th)
Here is my question:
Does anybody know what the FS A-school does for Christmas and Thanksgiving during this term?  In terms of time off, or work duty or... Either the schedule for this year, or schedule of how they did it in past years?

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03 Aug 2012 04:23 PM
hi i am new to the coast guard and am having trouble deciding on a rate. i am really thinking of going FS and am wanting some information on a school and how billets are given. i have a 3 month old son who i have had to enroll into the special needs program due to an orthopedic surgen need. i dont really want to go underway but would love to get into the FS rate. i am not meaning to come off as a bad person when saying i do not wish to go underway i just have a lot going on in life. can anyone help me with this?
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03 Aug 2012 05:48 PM
Just as a heads up, FS is the most underway rating in the CG.
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04 Aug 2012 03:10 PM
The CG is AWESOME at taking care of special needs families. Getting underway is just part of being in the CG. While you're gone you can rest assured knowing your child will have access to the best possible healthcare. Also, your command will know ahead of time you are enrolled in the Special Needs Program so they'll do their best to accommodate you for DRs appts or emergencies.
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04 Aug 2012 03:57 PM
And special needs doesn't prevent a member from going underway. It simply means that the CG will do their best to send you to a geographical region where your special need can be cared for.
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06 Sep 2012 11:16 AM
So I've decided to talk to a recruiter and try for the FS rating spot in the USCG. One thing I've noticed is that there are a lot of spots open for this rating. Is there a reason for that? Is it tougher than others or just people not interested in being in a kitchen and making food all day?

Also I have some concern about my credit rating and my driving record isn't so great either. Will these 2 be roadblocks to getting in to the USCG?
Any info or advice would be great.  Thanks in advance.
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07 Sep 2012 08:54 AM
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Galley.

There just aren't many people who are interested in being cooks. I only recommend FS school to those who are interested in going to culinary school, or people who are really interested in learning how to cook.

Your credit rating isn't a concern as long as you don't have anything in collections. Driving record can be an issue you'll have to talk to a recruiter about that. As long as your fines are paid and you don't have any court action pending you can process.
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