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16 May 2015 04:58 PM
Would an HS be able to be a boat crewman? or BTM/BTO? I want to get into emergency medicine in the CG (was a volunteer FF/EMT prior to the CG).
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19 May 2015 04:25 AM
"Would an HS be able to be a boat crewman? or BTM/BTO? I want to get into emergency medicine in the CG (was a volunteer FF/EMT prior to the CG)."

Technically yes, but it would be extremely unlikely due to numerous factors. To the extent that really isn't going to happen in your HS career. However, you can be crewman or BTM while a non-rate at a station or cutter. Station definitely more so. On my cutter (378') boat crew and BTM were not required for non-rates, but you could pursure them on your own time. At the station I am at now, as with almost all stations, non-rates are required to become crewman and BTM's. E-4's and above become BO's. While these are definitely awesome qualifications, they aren't necessarily huge ones to base your career off of if you are interested in the emergency medicine field. You could obtain them at a station as a non-rate, experience what it is like, then move on to HS.
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19 May 2015 05:17 AM
Thats the problem, I don't know much about those quals and as much as I would like to do them I need to be a petty officer, I am currently a non-rate at an ANT
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19 May 2015 06:33 AM
"Thats the problem, I don't know much about those quals and as much as I would like to do them I need to be a petty officer, I am currently a non-rate at an ANT"

Do you guys not get crewman qual'd at the ANT as a non-rate? I assume you do for specific boat platforms, such as the TANB and other platforms you guys use, right? A crewman qualification, of course, is going to mean different things and put you in different situations depending on what asset you get qualified in. A TANB is different than a 47' MLB. You won't be doing SAR, towing etc. but you'll still get a crewman qual. You can awlays express interest in going after crewman/BTM qualification to your superiors. In reality, though, it is just the nature of the CG and the priorities of the mission at hand at your unit. At an ANT there just may not be need for a BTM, so they aren't going to push you to get qualified as one. Not every billet offers the same opportunities, it is the nature of the work. I really wanted to do boat crew/BTM when I was on the 378', but in the year I was there it was next to impossible to get those quals, as we were so busy and they weren't doing training to get members qualified. I was definitely jealous of my friends at stations that not only got the crew/BTM exeperience, but that it was required of them, while I was busy overhauling the cutter in drydock for 5 months. Also, you only need to be a Petty Officer to be a BO, unless you mean specifically at your unit. You can always choose a job that will definitely require you to become a crewman/BO (such as BM or MK) but I wouldn't suggest making your career choice off of those qualifications alone by any means.
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19 May 2015 02:50 PM
There isn't a whole lot of emergency medicine in the Coast Guard besides AST's and a few HS's. I'd say that AST's have the bigger chance of being a part of "emergency medicine" and that is only about 5-10% of the job. Chances are a boat crewman won't practice much emergency medicine. If its an actual emergency and you're not insanely close to shore, a helicopter is going to be called out.
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22 May 2015 03:06 PM
I test for crew in the next two weeks (TANB), being at an ANT I don't have a chance to do LE or SAR... so no BTM, range trips, etc. which is making it hard for me to choose a rate... being an EMT before the CG I was looking into HS, but it seems as an HS I'll most likely be in a clinic ashore when I would like to eventually get a permanent boat forces (or cutterman) pin and help save lives in the field.   

Similar to what you said, I am very jealous of my friends who are boat crew, tactical crew, and responding to boaters in distress, and of my friends who are on white hulls traveling to various islands doing migrant interdiction and counter drug work.  being at an ANT and AToN is great, but it is leaving me with more confusion as to what I want to do in the coast guard since I don't get to see rates other than a few (BM, MK) and of those rates I only see a small part, no LE or SAR which is a big part of the coast guard. 

So I am very confused as to what rate to go, HS looks great, being trained as a CG EMT and the possibility of being an independent duty corpsman on a cutter would be awesome. But I'm pretty sure going HS takes away the chance of doing law enforcement, sar, and being at a station.  Just trying to feel out the rate and see what opportunities I would have outside of being a medical assistant in a clinic. I left a desk job for the CG and would prefer to be outside of a cubical... 
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09 Jul 2015 11:04 AM
I am thinking about going HS, does anyone know what kind of billets a HS3 has available to them?

Specific locations would be great if anyone knows of any. From my time in boot camp I do know that there are HS billets in Cape May, but where else could I possibly go out of A school?
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12 Oct 2016 11:39 AM
Hello Kenny,

I am a former flight medic (Aviation Mission Specialist), who had the opportunity to be assigned to Kodiak right after "A" School. I would recommend you to attempt, if available, to go to one of the following clinics: Kodiak, Sitka or Cape Cod. There you will be able to go through a more formal training.

As previously mentioned, you will not be a permanent flight medic throughout your endeavors with the Coast Guard, you may very well be assigned to a clinic or in my case, I requested to go back afloat and I was a Independent Duty Corpsman before applying to PA school. Again, your career in the Coast Guard is what you make of it.

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12 Oct 2016 11:44 AM
In Alaska your chances are higher. During my time as a Flight Medic in Kodiak, we only had 10 flight medics who were corpsmen flying in the entire Coast Guard. The clinics were you can have the official title of AMS (Aviation Mission Specialist) is Kodiak, Sitka and Cape Cod. Most people attempt to stay between those clinics. However, needs of the service comes first and there is no guarantees that you'll stay flying for your entire carreer.

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12 Oct 2016 11:50 AM
In my experience, being stationed in Kodiak, AK from 2009-2012. HSs who were AMS (Aviation Mission Specialists) were the only ones who were allowed to perform above the EMT-B, despite most of our ASTs being Paramedics. All the AMS HSs were PALS, ACLS, EMT-3s or Paramedics (which the clinic put as through the courses).

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17 Oct 2016 11:30 PM
Hey guys, I am currently a seaman awaiting orders to hs a school. Can anyone tell me which potential billets are closest to nyc besides cape may as a hs3. Thanks

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18 Oct 2016 05:37 AM
Roseysj, You can look up billets for HS3 using the EPAL feature in CGBI. You can filter by state or just type in HS3 and it will display all of the HS3 billets.
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20 Oct 2016 11:45 AM
Please keep in mind when doing that, those billets might not even be on your list of picks. What is offered at A School, isn't necessarily what's available on the HS3 billet list. There might not be any East Coast, or North East Coast, billets for your choices. You'll just have to wait and see what is available when you get your picks. Then hope you get the pick you actually want. There are no guarantees on that either.
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29 Oct 2016 09:35 AM
how similar is HS to the other branches enlisted medical personnel? Does the coast guard have EMS services or is that all done by the local agencies? I've read that IDCs can be assigned to the high speed units, are any HS's eligible for the cool guy units or are those strictly available to GM and BMs?
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29 Oct 2016 10:23 AM
Whats a cool guy unit?
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29 Oct 2016 10:54 AM
DSF units, lots of guns and toys.
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29 Oct 2016 03:19 PM
Lots of guns and toys...we must not be talking about the same Coast Guard 😉
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29 Oct 2016 08:52 PM
I think you're a cool guy Lance. What unit are you at right now? Now thats a cool guy unit!
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08 Jan 2017 06:41 PM
The only cool guy unit for HS? The black fleet in Hawaii, and Guam.

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08 Apr 2017 06:34 PM
so i was an HN in the navy really enjoyed the concept of helping people but i ended up getting stuck in a windowless factory making glasses please someone sell me on becoming an HS
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08 Apr 2017 11:17 PM
I thought you were transferring from the navy to be an IS and wanted to come in at the top of the IS list? I'm not too sure its any of our best interest to sell you on a job in the Coast Guard. I think that is something best discovered by you. If you have specific questions about a rating we will all do our best to answer those.
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10 Apr 2017 02:50 PM
yes i do want to be an IS but not too comfortable with the idea of being undesignated and at an E-3 even after going to DEPOT
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10 Apr 2017 02:59 PM
Unless you're lateraling over to a specific rating, you will be coming in as a non rate and I think at an E-3. The wait time for HS "A" school is 12-18 months as well. If you want to be an IS, then stick it out. I am assuming you are leaving the navy because there is something you don't like about it or the Coast Guard looks more enticing. Don't leave something to settle for your second or 3rd choice. If its what you want, its worth the wait.
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10 Apr 2017 03:17 PM
The majority of prior service Coasties I've met in the fleet went the nonrate route and waited for the A School they wanted. I realize it sucks taking a drop in pay and responsibility, but people do it all the time inow order to make a career change.
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23 Apr 2017 11:06 AM
Hi,

I was wondering, are there any certifications/C schools I can get/go to while being in the Coast Guard as an HS that will allow me to be a paramedic/emt or firefighter outside of the Coast Guard?

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23 Apr 2017 12:13 PM
Your first course that you will take in HS school is EMT. You will have to pass the national registry to get to HS "A" school. Paramedic you will have to do on your own time but it is possible.
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25 Apr 2017 11:00 AM
Hi! I'm highly interested in HS. I'm currently a MA. Just wondering, would HS be a guaranteed A school?
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25 Apr 2017 06:46 PM
Any "A" school is guaranteed if you meet the ASVAB requirements. As long as you score high enough, you can put your name on any "A" school list and wait. The wait time for HS "A" school is 12-18 months after you put your name on the list. If you do everything correctly, you should be able to put your name on the "A" school list 4 months after you report to your first unit.
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18 Oct 2017 09:41 AM
My son is enlisting in the Coast Guard and should go to boot camp in early June after graduation. He was initially interested in the MST job for the biology and helping with the environment. After doing more research, we have discovered that MSTs do very little science and spend more time doing paperwork and giving people fines, etc. He has become more interested in the HS rating... however, I don't want him to go in with the moon in his eyes. I have read the job description on the USCG website... but what is that really? It's pretty, but I need some honest information. Could someone go HS and then do some on line courses to get your Associates in nursing (RN) and then look at OCS? Is that realistic? What kinds of places would you be stationed? I just want to make sure that if he goes for only 6 years... he has some transferable skills when leaving. Likewise, if he stays in 20-25 years... I want him to have something that translates to civilian life. I know that is a lot to ask... but surely someone has a little insight.
BTW, I have explained to him that he will spend time as a non-rate while getting qualified at his first unit. This will be a great time for him to decide what truly interests him. He doesn't have to be dead set on a rate right now.
OH! One last question... how hard is it to take on line classes (college) while in the USCG? Is it fairly easy to manage the time/responsibilities? Does the USCG assist with tuition costs while serving or does that only begin after you get out? I guess I should know that...
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18 Oct 2017 04:50 PM
Every rating in the Coast Guard has less desirable aspects of the job. I tell people to find the job where you can enjoy or be okay with doing the less exciting stuff on a day to day basis because that is typically what you will be doing. As an AST I do a lot of awesome things but they for sure aren't going to put a picture of me decontaminating a helicopter covered in biohazard on a Coast Guard poster.
As an HS, your son will probably be doing a lot of paper work and taking Blood pressures/temps for physicals on a day to day basis. He will probably be making phone calls trying to get members to come in on their schedule appointments and sitting around an office . He could be on a boat or at a sector. He could be in a bigger unit or a small remote one. At some point he might have the opportunity to go to Independent duty HS school and he would be the guy running the medical stuff at a small unit. Most of the time he will be under a doc or a PA. He can for sure go to school while he is in the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard will pay for it if he applies for tuition assistance. That is constantly changing but it typically covers 75%-100% of a class or two a semester. It isn't hard at all to take online classes while in the USCG. How he does is dependent on his own intelligence, time management skills, and any other intangibles that come along with work and school. It probably isn't a good idea for him to take classes his first year or so. He will be busy but that is up to him. Probably not a good idea until after he goes to "A" school.
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