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Last Post 17 Feb 2021 07:55 AM by xtinakolo. 140 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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21 Jan 2020 07:32 PM
Can anyone point me to the current A-School list. TIA
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21 Jan 2020 07:39 PM
Posted By StanC on 21 Jan 2020 07:32 PM
Can anyone point me to the current A-School list. TIA

It's not on the CG's public facing website.  Intranet only
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14 Jan 2021 01:08 PM
IS the waiting time for HS A school still 2-3 years? I'm thinking of becoming an HS and going to school for nursing (RN - ADN) at the same time but I'm also considering becoming an OS. If the waiting time for OS A school is shorter maybe I can just become an OS and go to school for nursing at the same time. Also, as an HS would I have as many choices regarding where I'd be stationed compared to being an OS?
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Posted By kzah2009 on 14 Jan 2021 01:08 PM
IS the waiting time for HS A school still 2-3 years? I'm thinking of becoming an HS and going to school for nursing (RN - ADN) at the same time but I'm also considering becoming an OS. If the waiting time for OS A school is shorter maybe I can just become an OS and go to school for nursing at the same time. Also, as an HS would I have as many choices regarding where I'd be stationed compared to being an OS?

Are you truly interested in becoming an OS?  If you're going to select that rating solely because it has a shorter A school, then you're headed down a dangerous road.  I've known more than one person who's done this and was miserable in their career because it wasn't what they really wanted to do. They didn't look at the long term picture.  Give this careful thought.

Also understand that you may not be working a regular 7AM-3PM shift with either of these ratings.  This may make attending school a little more difficult.  If you end up on a cutter, school attendance would be impossible


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17 Jan 2021 02:28 PM
I'm not sure if I'm truly interested in being an OS. In part I'm looking at this rate because of the $30k ($23,400 after taxes) sign-on bonus but it is somewhat of interest to me. It sounds kind of enjoyable and very rewarding.

   I am very much wanting to have time for school though. What kind of shifts are likely for each of those ratings? Will I have a choice as to whether I end up on a cutter or not depending on how well I do in A school?
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17 Jan 2021 02:55 PM
When you are in A-school you will get a list of units you and your classmates have to choose from. Every school assigns units differently. Some assign them by class ranking meaning the top person in the class gets their first pick. Some schools tell you to work it out with your classmates. Some go of of whether you have sea time and your past performance reviews. So that being said you will have some input on where you go but not much.
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17 Jan 2021 09:56 PM
Do NOT go into a rating simply because of a bonus.  Once you've spent the money, you still have a job to do.  If you're not happy with it, it's going to be a long four years
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05 Feb 2021 04:52 PM
Hey there! I am projected to be in the next HS "A" school class in May! I know they are making sure that the students in the barracks are not allowed to leave base but does anyone know how they are doing things with dependents? My wife is allowed to accompany me but how does this work if people can't leave base? Any info is appreciated!
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05 Feb 2021 06:08 PM
You should receive that info from your class advisor in your welcome aboard message when you get orders. If not just reach out to TRACEN Petaluma or your class advisor and ask.
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17 Feb 2021 07:55 AM
Does anyone know the exact date of the next HS A school class?
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