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Coast Guard Reserves vs. Navy
Last Post 31 Mar 2010 04:18 PM by Gears. 4 Replies.
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29 Mar 2010 07:32 PM
    I'm still debating on which one. Has anyone here experienced both to compare?

    If I do active duty Navy, it will be four years with two years of inactive duty most likely. I'm trying to weigh that with the Coast Guard Reserves.

    A few questions about the Reserves though.

    1) Is it a major problem to relocate to another Coast Guard District if I want to move for another job or school since I'm only doing the Reserves part time? Would I just need to find another location that has my rating before attempting a transfer? Or would you hypothetical train in another rating if they didn't have the one you went to A School for in the new location you are trying to go to? Is this a big hassle?

    2) How long in the Coast Guard Reserves before you can start drawing from the GI Bill?

    I'm also wondering how the jobs in both would be similar or different? I'm sure both would be fulfilling in different ways. Although active duty Navy would see me on overseas deployments a lot more, potentially. The Coast Guard Reserves would less likely of a possibility, I'm assuming.<!-- Edit -->

    Last Edited : 3/29/2010 8:34:16 PM GMT

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    29 Mar 2010 07:41 PM
    The Navy has these guys  Link.



    We don't.<!-- Edit -->

    Moderator Edit : 3/30/2010 2:23:35 PM GMT

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    30 Mar 2010 01:30 PM
    Regardless of which service you join, you will be obligated for an 8 year service window. If you join for 4 years and then separate from the respective service, you will be placed in the individual ready reserve for a period of 4 years.

    I would suggest doing some deeper research on the two branches as we have different roles and responsibility's. Make sure you are happy with your choice.

    Transferring to another station elsewhere while in the reserves can happen, but it is not as easy as one would think. There has to be a like opening where you want to go, both commands need to sign off on it, etc, etc, etc. It can be done, but to realistically set your expectations, do not count on it.

    There is a saying in the Coast Guard, choose your rate, choose our fate. There has to be good reason to transfer to another rate, and in your situation, it probably will not happen.

    Active duty time before using the GI bill is 2 years. I do not have the info on reserves, but expect it to be the same.

    good luck!


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    31 Mar 2010 04:07 PM
    Chuck, did you delete my sweet Navy ad? No fun....lol


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    31 Mar 2010 04:18 PM
    That was a classic recruiting poster! I didn't see a problem at all. : )


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