Prior service joining the Coast Guard

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  1. jhaygood

    jhaygood

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    I am interested in joining the Coast Guard but I was just wandering about how the duty stations work. Like would I be able to request a certain area. Plus would I have to go basic training? Currently I'm in the Marines but I get out in a month. Any tips or advice will be helpfull. Thanks.
     
  2. kray9

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    I am also interested in this. I am currently an Officer in the Navy and am interested in switching to the Coast Guard. The reason is to focus more on VBSS, Drug Running, etc.
     

  3. TexasFatboy

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    I'm not a recruiter...but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night :)

    But seriously, for enlisted folks, you have to be within six months of RELAD before applying, and if accepted you would attend a condensed version of boot in Cape May which last 4 weeks. If your MOS transfers to a critical rate fill you could possibly come in as an E-4 or E-5, otherwise expect E-3.

    Officers? I have no idea? Sorry...

    Hop over to the CG Recruiters desk, and look for a guy named PO1 Kalback <---he's actually a chief. This guy is a seasoned recruiter and knows his stuff. He'll give you a straight answer for any questions


    http://forums.military.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/2151997295

    If the link wont work, go to www.fredsplace.org look for discussion boards, then recruiters desk
     
  4. sgtslwilson

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    I am prior Army. Because of college I may get a $3000 bonus and because of my prior service I go in at E-3.

    I got out of active duty in 1995 but all I have to do is a 4 week Pit stop type of Boot Camp.

    You can request a duty station but it's not garaunteed...just like the Army. However, the chances go up if you have a rate which this particular duty station needs. I was told as a BM I could go pretty much anywhere the CG is stationed however my options will be limited if I choose GM.

    I hope this helps.

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  5. AZ_Quailhunter

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    Back in the "old guard" in the 70's it worked like this: after you get out of boot, or the shortened version if you are prior service.....you usually get assigned to an "A" school....for example I was a Radioman, had six months training at Governors Island NY....after graduating RM school....we got to pick a District to be stationed in....I chose the 13th CGD in Seattle. I then reported to USCG Base Seattle....did not know exactly where I would be stationed....finally got orders to report to USCGC Wachusett. So, you basically can pick a geographic area....but ultimate duty station is not a sure thing.