The United States Coast Guard

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    Oct 04, 2007 1:49 AM GMT
    I've been thinking about joining the USCG for a while now and i would like to get a few opions from ppl who arent my family and close friends.
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    Oct 04, 2007 2:51 AM GMT
    They're a great group of people who do a fantastic, totally unsung, job.

    Why them though and not say, the Navy, Marines, Army, AF, etc...?

    What is it that you want to do in the Coast Guard; or rather how do you see it being fulfilling? Do you want to be a Seaman? Fireman? Airman? Something else?

    Do you plan on this being a 4 year gig, or a career move?

    You are 19. Before you join any armed service think about getting at least a two year degree in whatever you like. NCO's live much nicer lives than E1 - E3's.

    Officers live nicer still.

    R
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    Oct 04, 2007 3:24 AM GMT
    Well my main reason is to get an education, I want to go into Food Service and cook on base and on the ships. Im also looking to straighten out my life.
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    Oct 04, 2007 3:46 AM GMT
    You might need a snorkle, since you're not six feet tall and wont be able to walk back to shore with your head above water.

    Sorry, military joke.

    The Coast Guard is the unnoticed step brother of he other four military services. After seven years in the Army, joining the military is a great experiance for anyone.
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    Oct 04, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    I wanted to join the Coast Guard because I wanted to go in to Law and prosecute companies that polluted and want not but yeah... not the best job to have in a republican administration. = Either way its a great way to get yourself straightend out. My friend joined the military and its worked out alright for him. He's still a jack ass but I'm glad to see him making something of himself. Talk to a recruiter but just watch the BS they feed you. I have plenty of experince of dealing with them after 4 years of JROTC in high school and being a top cadet in my battalion and a staff officer. They wanted all of us top tier cadets. So much shit they fed us.
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    Oct 04, 2007 1:04 PM GMT
    The only thing im wonder and I just thought about this now is I think most of the jobs like Quartermaster (food service etc.) are being outsourced to companies like Haliburton and what not. sounds crazy but its true.
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    Oct 04, 2007 6:31 PM GMT
    While the coast Guard does recruit for Food Service http://www.gocoastguard.com/Rates/FSrate.htm I would suggest you go to a local communitty college and get a two year degree in cooking first, possibly while signing up for the Coast Guard Reserve in the mean time.

    Do not be suckered into spending huge amounts of money or taking out big educational loans for one of the commercial cooking schools; very few of them are worth it. If you decide that is what you want, then make sure to choose a communitty college recognised by the state that grants an AA or AS degree, not just some certificate or graduation diploma that doesn't really mean anything.

    I applaud you for wanting to straighten out your life. A lot of us have been there - done that. It is not a bad idea sometimes. I really liked my time in the Army.

    I caution however that the policy of this homophobic administration is still DADT.

    Best of Luck

    Rob
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    Oct 04, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    I have a pretty high opinion of "puddle pirates" (what is what we Navy folks call Coasties). After all, I married one. icon_biggrin.gif