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07 Sep 2012 02:36 PM
thanks for the info.
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09 Sep 2012 01:47 AM
I am an FS3 that graduated A School in June 2012 so if any of you have any questions you can always feel free to message me. I think the FS rating is a great option but you really have to enjoy cooking, not mind working longer hours (getting here before everyone else and sometimes even leaving after everyone else) and not mind working hard!
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09 Sep 2012 09:00 AM
Congratulations Carolina. We haven't heard from you in a while! I hope all is going well. Where are you stationed? I hope it is all good.
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18 Sep 2012 11:00 PM
Hi! My hubby just enlisted and is going to FS-A school next week. We were hoping someone could answer a quick question for us. What is the sea time requirements for an FS to advance to E-6 and to E-7? Is it two years for E-6 and three years for E-7? Thought this would be good to know before we number his A-school billet list. Thanks!
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20 Sep 2012 02:56 AM
On My Shipper Contract, He Has Me Listed As An FS, He Said I Really Pick My Job During/After Basic; This True? Or Did I Get Screwed Into FS?
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20 Sep 2012 07:03 AM
Your contract should not say anything about FS unless you want to be an FS. You need to look at that contract again and question it. Plese send a PM to either Cooch or Gears, they are recruiters and can help you decipher something you might be misreading or help you clear things up. They can at least answer questions for you.

As a side note, use proper capitalization and punctuation.  It is a bit difficult, borderline annoying, reading a sentence where every word is capitalized.  It just isn't correct or necessary.
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20 Sep 2012 09:34 AM
Can any FS or someone with knowledge of the rating explain the differences between what you generally do as an FS3 fresh out of A school, compared to an FS2, FS1, etc?
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02 Oct 2012 08:08 AM
Posted By ebee on 20 Sep 2012 09:34 AM
Can any FS or someone with knowledge of the rating explain the differences between what you generally do as an FS3 fresh out of A school, compared to an FS2, FS1, etc?

http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aft/14027.aspx
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02 Oct 2012 08:18 AM
Thanks, Geo. Going to talk with my recruiter about it when I go in for a follow-up next week.
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03 Oct 2012 08:33 AM
Baby Burdell is off to take the ASVAB tomorrow.  She is always done well on tests and has been studying.  I don't want to worry, but I am a parent.

She has made pro/con lists for each rating.  FS still comes out ahead.  Her main concern is cooking for many.


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03 Oct 2012 10:58 AM
If that's where her heart is, they'll teach her. No worries about that. Best of luck to her and you. It's hard being the parent and knowing we have nothing to offer but a big and kiss.
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10 Oct 2012 02:06 PM
I am in the process of trying to join the CG right now. I keep looking at different rates and I keep going back to FS. I love to bake, but I am not very good cooking. Do you have to be good at cooking to go to FS A school? I am willing to learn. Also do FS do anything else besides cooking? Thanks You.
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10 Oct 2012 03:52 PM
They will teach you in FS A school. So don't worry too much about that. If you can read, you can cook; if you can bake, you can cook. You will do fine. they have the opportunity to have collateral duties including boarding team if your ship needs it. So while the majority of your time is spent cooking, that's what you were primarily trained for. The opportunity would exist to do some other things as well.
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10 Oct 2012 06:58 PM
Thanks! I am pretty sure its what I want to pursue. I think I will call and talk to my recruiter about it tomorrow.
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11 Oct 2012 12:59 PM
Posted By Old Guard2 on 10 Oct 2012 03:52 PM
If you can read, you can cook.
I agree with this. However I hope people remember that to cook well, you also have to want to cook. And even then, the food doesn't always come out so great 

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11 Oct 2012 04:15 PM
Very true!!!! I made something for dinner one night... Followed the recipe precisely, it looked beautiful, it could have been a picture in a cookbook! Put it on the table, my husband was happy, we had a big salad to go with it... Nice dinner! We served up big helpings... we each took a mouthful. With his mouth still full, Jim said "Can you pass me the salad?" I thought it was horrible as well! Really, really horrible! Colin thought it was delicious, he was 5, he didn't know better. LOL The dog even looked at us as if to say "You expect me to eat that?" My heart was in it... but that was just bad on so many levels! LOL So even the best of cooks, following a perfectly good recipe, can still either mess something up or it just not be what they had figured it would be!!
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07 Dec 2012 08:49 AM
Any FS's in the house? I'm trying to make my final decision about this rating, and wanted to find someone who can tell me their favorite and least favorite parts of the job.

I like cooking, meal planning, entertaining, and I want a job that will have me active all day, which is why I want to go FS. But I'm curious about how much freedom you get for meal planning/recipe-making (mind you, I'm not trying to be the next Iron Chef over here, but I'm hoping you're not restricted to some pre-determined menus and recipes).

Also, are there FS's assigned to PATFORSWA?
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07 Dec 2012 09:26 AM
ebee your active right, pm me and ill hook u up with some of the guys on the this boat
Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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07 Dec 2012 09:47 AM
Posted By Bells on 07 Dec 2012 09:26 AM
ebee your active right, pm me and ill hook u up with some of the guys on the this boat

Not yet. Planning to ship this summer.
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07 Dec 2012 11:20 AM
ohhhh ok, then pm me an email address and ill pass it along
Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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16 Jan 2013 09:12 AM
Just got my confirmation for FS A School in October!!!
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16 Jan 2013 08:21 PM
Nice! When do you ship for boot?
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17 Jan 2013 05:57 AM
I think Aug 6 is the day my recruiter put in for.
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17 Jan 2013 08:20 AM
Congratw did u ever talk to that kid
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17 Jan 2013 08:30 AM
Bells - I emailed but he never responded. But I was able to talk to another FS at my recruiting office.
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21 Feb 2013 02:16 PM
Ebee, you are likely in the class right after mine. I just got my dates confirmed for end of July. I am going reserves and really excited!!
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21 Feb 2013 03:52 PM
Nice! Where will you be drilling?
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21 Feb 2013 05:27 PM
What a butt, ill kick him into gear
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25 Feb 2013 01:07 PM
PSU 305 at Fort Eustis. Really excited about A school and the change of coasts!
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16 Jun 2013 04:26 PM
I'm an Auxie working on my Aux FS qualification - called AUXCHEF. I know that the CG institute has a FS course & that Auxies can enroll in some of those courses. The description for the FS3 course doesn't give any detail.

Could someone give me an idea of what the CG Institute's FS3 course consists of? Is it something that can be done independently? Study a manual and take a test? Or is completion of that course tied to completion of the FS3 PQS ?

I have access to the FS3 Performance Qualification Guides. Is the CG Institute course something different?

Before I go track down someone who can talk to the ESO at the local Coast Guard Unit, just want to get a handle on whether this is something that might make sense for me to pursue.

Thanks for any light you can shed.

- Robert
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