Is anyone in the coast guard? I was thinking about joining and looking for a personal opinion.
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Aug 26, 2010, 12:46 AM #2
Dad retired from. What do you need to know?
got a bunch of random questions,
Do you have to go to the academy in New London CT?
Do they have a metereology job/career?
Different types of jobs available for careers
Their website just had like civilian, officer, reserve, and enlisted as careers but didn't really explain what the differences are and or requirements of each
Aug 26, 2010, 12:55 AM #4
I am a senior in high school I am applying to the Academy. Such a good deal in my book. Its an amazing experience.
Aug 26, 2010, 01:01 AM #6
Holy crap, slow down bro! LOL I know my dad said a lot of things have changed since 911. Search and rescue to homeland security, blah, blah When he retired he was on the Atlantic Strike Team. Any ship entering the Chesapeake Bay, they boarded and inspected. My dad and my cousin went to an academy in Jersey. If you don't mind waiting a little bit, I can give him a call and try and ask some of these question for ya.
haha yeah thats fine. I have work in an hour so hopefully i get some more people posting. I graduated with a criminal justice degree hoping to get a job as a law enforcement officer but either they are getting laid off, not hiring, or when they do hire, a million people apply, especially people with military backgrounds. I figured this is slightly along the same lines but also has the ocean included, which obviously is a plus.
Aug 26, 2010, 01:11 AM #8
My wife has her degree and some buddies want her to go into the Air Force. If she went in (with a degree) she would go in as an officer. So I would assume, your degree would help ya bro! In the mean time, I will check with my dad and try to answer some of your other questions! Good luck
Aug 26, 2010, 02:16 AM #9
- Join Date
- Jun 2008
- Central, NJ
Good luck and wish the best!
I was in tha Army from 02 to 06, and talked to the coast guard after getting out, I was serious about joining and met with a recruiter. Here are the facts from my visit in 2006( which could have changed but from what I hear havent)
They pick your job(m.o.s) , usually they put you where they are shorted
They choose your first duty station where you must stay for a minimum of 3yrs(of course you get leaves and 4 days)
At this point I stood up and left.
You could join w/ the hope of being in a certain field on the ocean( big risk)
You could wind up being a rescue boat crewman on one of the great lakes( no waves = no good)