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Last Post 06 Dec 2018 06:31 AM by mkelly. 130 Replies.
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18 Oct 2017 04:54 PM
As an HS, there are also a couple of units where he could have flight duties and fly on medical cases with the crews. There are a lot of different options for a lot of different jobs in the Coast Guard and he should have the opportunity to see what the different ratings do on a day to day basis once he gets settled in at his first unit. All HS's have to pass EMT school before they even start HS school and become nationally certified as well.
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19 Oct 2017 01:30 PM
Thanks for your input... I have done tons of reading and researching (and then printing and sharing with him) and I think his best bet is to have a general idea of mid range and long range goals... but not be nailed down to them. I told him his best bet is to study hard and get ready (mentally and physically) for boot camp this June. Then, get settled in his first unit and focus on getting qualified. Get your name on a list for school... then work hard until his name comes up.
I think he will want to work on his RN or BSN while in the USCG. That way if he chooses to make a career or get out after he does his time... he has a good skill that will suit him either decision he makes. He likes the idea of OCS at some point... but who knows. I just keep thinking... shoot, you still have to be reminded to clean your room. HA! I think he will be a great Guardsman... but he will always be my kiddo.
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20 Oct 2017 01:43 PM
Rhonda, there is a thing a lot of moms like to say... What we couldn't teach our kids in 18 years, the CG taught them in 8 weeks.

College while on active duty is absolutely possible. My ex husband got his Associates Degree while a nonrate and young 3rd class. He went on to get a Bachelor's and a Master's. He went to OCS. He went to boot camp and retired a Captain with degrees to back up his next chapter in life. Not bad to retire at 52 with 30 years and an Associates, a Bachelors and a Masters and all the benefits of being retired military.
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03 Jan 2018 04:27 PM
Does anyone know the current wait for HS A school?
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03 Jan 2018 07:05 PM
2-3 years
Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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03 Jan 2018 08:13 PM
Partyoftwelve, if you're asking for your son who is on the AST "A" school list, thats a dangerous road to go down. If your son has any back up plans, he will fail AST "A" school. If he is seriously interested in HS "A" school, any wait time shouldn't keep somebody from doing what they really want to do.
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08 Jan 2018 11:01 AM
NOT AT ALL!

We have a good family friend who's at Cape right now and is interested in HS rating.  She just started with Oscar 195.  Her younger brother graduated in November also.  They're good friends with my son, and I was wondering what her wait time would be.  She'll make a great HS, as she's already and emt/paramedic.
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16 Jan 2018 07:25 AM
Perfect! Make sure that they all spend some time looking at other ratings as well. Also, the wait times change a lot and can be a lot shorter or a little longer by the time they get out of boot and are able to put their name on a list. Although HS tends to be a little bit of a longer wait time it can shorten quickly and I'm sure you're read on here before, waiting for the job you want is always worth it. Best of luck!
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12 Sep 2018 12:35 PM
Can you tell me a little bit about the PA program? I recently put my name on the HS " A" school list. I have considered this path but have not yet met anyone who has become a PA being prior enlisted. V/R
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29 Nov 2018 12:05 AM
Hello. I am currently a nonrate and I am interested in going HS. I know the wait is long but I was just wondering what a day to day was like at HS A school?
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06 Dec 2018 06:31 AM
I'm not an HS but I can tell you a little bit about what I've seen and what the HS's at my unit tell me. First off, It will depend a lot on what type of unit you go to out of "A" school. I am at a larger air station.
There is an ambulance duty rotation that some HS's are a part of, there is an overnight duty that some are part of, and the ones that are just on a regular work day split up duties. Some just draw blood during physicals all day. Some take the pre screen and give the info to the Doc. Some are at the front desk helping to schedule appointments, and some help out in the pharmacy. I think for the most part, as a new HS, you will be taking vitals, updating charts, and talking to people as they come in and taking SAMPLE history and whatnot.
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