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Reserve Certifications
Last Post 21 Mar 2010 05:29 PM by Gears. 4 Replies.
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20 Mar 2010 05:49 PM
    Hello all. I am seriously considering enlisting in the Coast Guard Reserve service and one of the jobs I am considering is Boatswains Mate. I have always wanted a USCG Captain's License to operate my own boat because I am also a scuba diving instructor. As a Reserve BM, what kind of certifications can I expect to receive over the years? Is it pretty simple to get a 6-pack and eventually a Masters license? Are these certifications ever possible for a MST?

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    20 Mar 2010 10:04 PM
    pretty sure quals as a reservist are the same as active duty except you work different hours and less than active duty so it takes longer to get qualified.


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    21 Mar 2010 01:24 PM
    As a BM/Reservist at a small boat station you will have qualify as small boat crew, boarding team member, boarding officer, and Coxswain. The difficulty and length of time depends on you. You'll only be drilling once a month and two weeks a year.

    The average active duty BM can take up to 2 years to achieve those same quals.


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    21 Mar 2010 04:44 PM
    Thanks for the information. Will the experience I get on the water as a BM Reserve qualify as seatime for a 6-pack license and eventually Masters license?
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    21 Mar 2010 05:29 PM
    To qualify for sea time you will have to be attached to a cutter. I don't know if the hours you spend on a small boat will count. You should contact the nearest CG Marine Safety Office, they should be able to answer your questions more thoroughly.


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