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27 Jul 2016 10:36 AM
No problem! Like I said, we loved the drive and got to see some places we've always wanted to visit. Aside from the flat tire and nearly getting snowed in in Wyoming, it was a flawless trip.

Keep your receipts and you will turn them in when you meet with the Yeoman in Petaluma. I don't remember what the per diem is, but they will go over all of that in Cape May. The yeoman at Cape May are very helpful just be sure you ASK QUESTIONS if you are ever unclear about something.

A School is somewhere between Cape May and a regular unit in terms of freedom. As an FS you will have a uniform/sanitation inspection every morning. They will show you the standard for your chef whites and they will show you how to maintain that standard. It's not difficult to maintain or exceed that standard as long as you put in 10 minutes of work each night. They also look at your boots every day so again, 5 minutes per night to clean and shine them goes a long way.

Coming from boot camp you should have no issue maintaining your military bearing. For students coming from the fleet I noticed it took a little adjusting to get back into training mode. Especially for people who came from more laid back units. So just make sure you're on your toes in terms of customs and courtesies. Don't start to learn other peoples' bad habits.

You will get plenty of liberty/free time at school just make sure to use it wisely. Don't go to the e-club and get belligerent, don't speed on base, etc. There's a ton to do on base and in Petaluma, just remember why you're there. As much as I hear people make the comparison, A School is not like college. Sure, you're not woken up to "fire fire fire" every morning like at boot camp, but you are at a military training center and should act appropriately.

As for living arrangements, you will share a barracks room and bathroom with 2 or 3 other people. You can definitely bring a laptop, but you have to pay for internet in your room. I think it was like $25 per month and you can rent a modem/router. There is also free wifi in a couple areas on base, and there are TVs in the common area. If you are a gamer you can bring that stuff too.

I went boot to A almost 3 years ago so if you have any more questions just let me know.
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11 Sep 2016 05:25 PM
Just a couple of quick questions for all of my "seasoned" (<<<

When do duty stations show up during "A" school? 

 How much information about the station will you be given?  

If I go straight to "A" school from basic will I still make a dream sheet at basic?

Is there a type of cutter that will help me to accrue sea time but not be away from my family for 6 months at a time?
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Posted By Wardoftheflies on 11 Sep 2016 06:25 PM
Just a couple of quick questions for all of my "seasoned" (<<<

When do duty stations show up during "A" school? 

 How much information about the station will you be given?  

If I go straight to "A" school from basic will I still make a dream sheet at basic?

Is there a type of cutter that will help me to accrue sea time but not be away from my family for 6 months at a time?

I think we were given picks during week 3 or 4 (it was the last week of the first phase of school) and were given the weekend to research picks and figure out how we wanted to rank our list. (You will have to rank every pick on your list.)

The instructors will answer any questions they can about the picks on your list, and you may even have students in your class or other classes that came from some of the picks. Network as much as possible and ask as many questions as you can.

You will submit a dream sheet at boot camp, but the instructors will tell you what to write re: guaranteed A school.

Generally the smaller the cutter the smaller amount of time you will be out at a time.
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12 Sep 2016 09:24 AM
You will still be away approximately half the year. Be it 3 months in, 3 months out or 5 days in, 5 days out. You can expect to be gone half the year. As is the consent of many, if you do not expect to be separated from your family, maybe the military lifestyle isn't for you. My son and his bride have been married 5 years, they only just spent their first anniversary together. It happens. You learn to accept these things and cherish the days you do have together.
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17 Oct 2016 09:41 PM
hi there
currently in backgrounds with CG
going in as FS
have a masters in culinary/hotel management
getting bonus. yay!
is it paid after A school in lump sum or payments?
married with a kid. wife is active duty CG stationed in st louis, mo on land
chances of me getting co-located there?
heard another rumor of mid-west being on the recruiters preferred listing right now. does that improve co-location?
joining so i can be a chief warrant officer, as i am prior army already
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18 Oct 2016 11:34 AM
My bonus was paid in a lump sum, but that was a re-enlistment bonus. I think the signing bonuses are paid part when you go to school and part after you graduate. Ask your recruiter.

Chances of getting co-located in St Louis - I don't even know if we have FS billets there. Your chances depend on that, and there being open billets. The detailer at A School will try to help yout, you just may have to be apart until your wife is due to transfer.

I am an FS2 who graduated A School a couple years ago. Let me know if I can answer any specifics about school or the job.
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23 Oct 2016 11:29 AM
I read on the GoCoastGuard website that as an FS you have the possibility of working at the White House as a chef.  I can't seem to find anything online that details who works in the White House kitchen except for the exec. chef at the time.
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23 Oct 2016 12:33 PM
I think there is 1 FS billet at the White House, and I'm pretty sure it's an FS1 or a Chief billet. There is also an FS billet at DHS's executive dining facility.
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21 Feb 2017 05:04 PM
I'm interested in joining the Coast Guard. My sister is currently in Miami working for the Admiral and got me hooked on the idea. I'm currently working as a sous chef and she said there is a bonus the Coast Guard issues if you want to be a chef. Is this correct? Also, should I complete culinary school first or after?
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21 Feb 2017 05:09 PM
I'm debating on going in the Coast Guard. My sister is currently working for the Admiral in Miami and got me hooked on the idea with the sign on bonus. Is the $20,000-$40,000 sign on legitimate? I'm currently working as a sous chef and have been for the past few years. Should I go to culinary school before joining? How would it affect my relationship with my fiancé, being out for at least 2 weeks at a time, can anyone give me an inside perspective? We come from a military family ( our dad was in the AF) so traveling and moving every few years is natural to me.
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22 Feb 2017 05:00 AM
There is a bonus at those amounts if you have a culinary degree. There is a smaller bonus for those going in as a Culinary Specialist. Contact a recruiter for what would specifically apply to your situation. And be aware, depending on where you are stationed, you could be shore side and come home most nights, or on a cutter that is underway 3 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or 6 months, depending on the size.
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22 Feb 2017 11:03 AM
The $20,000 bonus is for those without a culinary degree. The $40,000 bonus is for those with a degree. If you are serious about joining, I would forego the degree because bonuses can disappear as fast as they appear. So while you are in Culinary School the CG can forget all bonuses for FS and then you will have lost the smaller bonus. Yes, they are absolutely legitimate. Here is a blurb from the ALCOAST in reference to FS...

3. Enlistment Bonus (EB). This paragraph applies to new accessions accessed into the
Regular Coast Guard from the date of this ALCOAST through FY17.
a. A $20,000 EB is authorized for applicants to enlist in the Coast Guard,
complete guaranteed FS Class A-School after recruit training, and satisfactorily
complete the full term of their initial enlistment in the Regular Coast Guard in the
FS rating.

If you wish to read the entire ALCOAST it can be found by copying this link...
https://www.uscg.mil/announcements/alcoast/157-16_ALCOAST.txt
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31 Aug 2017 11:07 AM
I am new to all of this. 
Upcoming Coast Guard wife of a future CS (Leaves for boot camp on 11/21)
I feel like I'm going into this life with an open mind. 
I am searching for some real talk. 

I know where my husband will be at boot camp and A School. I am aware he will be gone/busy. I know how the pay works, I know what's expected of him. All that stuff. We have been married for 4 years, and aren't as young as some people when entering this life, but we're still fairly young. He's 24 & I'm 25.

I am excited for this new adventure we're taking on, as he has truly felt this is his calling, and I am supporting him fully. We don't have any kids, so I am completely diving in with as much "adventure" as my heart can allow. Even though I'm sure it might not be all that great at times and I am not expecting a walk in the park. 

What I really want to know is, what's it like? Being a spouse of someone in the CS position.
Is he gone ALWAYS? What can I expect? I'm not expecting a normal schedule, but will I see him regularly? I know that there's a large potential of him being on a cutter, but what are some other things? 

Someone please, just give me a little insight? That would be appreciated. 

Thanks so much in advance! 
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01 Sep 2017 08:25 AM
Welcome to the CG. It isn't always easy but it is always an adventure. So keep that spirit in your heart and the bad times will pass almost unnoticed. It all depends what type of unit he gets stationed at. If he is on a cutter, well, he'll be underway and gone. Even that, the time gone depends upon the size of the cutter. A polar roller (ice breaker) he can be gone for more than 6 months in a stretch. If he is on one of the smaller cutters, he may only be gone for about 10 days at a time. If he is at a land unit, he'll be home every night. You will see him as regularly as the CG allows depending upon duty assignment. Isn't that a terrible answer?? But there is no direct and easy answer when you don't know where you will be stationed.

Just make sure you keep your mind open to the adventure. Think of the places you are going to go that you might never have even visited, now you might get to live in some of those places! How exciting. Make sure you adopt your CG family. If you're from Wichita Kansas and suddenly find yourself in Portland Maine, well, you're going to need family. You have one built in! Meet other spouses, get involved in the community, get involved with ships activities or unit activities. If things don't look like their happening, make things happen! We were at one unit, they did nothing. My Coastie and I organized a holiday party. The galley (your husband ) made dinner for the entire unit, spouses and kids, too. I wrote to every business I could think of for donations for door prizes. We went shopping and bought present, age appropriate, for every child in the unit. It wasn't a huge unit, about 8 officers and 20 enlisted personnel. One of the single guys dressed like Santa, handed out presents, we all ate a huge holiday meal. We had so many donations, everyone walked out that night with at least 2 door prizes!!! That was probably 25 years ago and I can still see the smiles and my friends and the kids... So get involved, these are the things that make a unit fun. Don't forget to look for his boot camp company facebook page. Join the CG spouses page, my daughter in law finds a lot of support through that. Mostly, have fun! You will. Any questions, feel free to ask away. We're happy to help here.
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07 Sep 2018 12:41 PM
How easy is it to advance in the CS rate? I have a degree, and I would hopefully do direct to A school from boot, so at the end of that i know I'd be an E4 - what opportunity is there to advance after A school?
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03 Oct 2018 05:46 AM
Was wondering if any Reserve CS or anyone that has worked with a Reservist, are in this feed?

If so do you mind sharing what a typical drill weekend and two week AT looks like for a CS Reservist. 

Also, how often/ what a deployment is like for the Reserve side?

Also, If you enjoy this rate from the Reserve side of things. 

Thanks 
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