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I'm just not cut out for school. At least not yet. I'm seriously thinking about joining the coast guard. I looked at the physical requirements and I'm good. I gotta work on the swim but every thing else is pretty easy. I looked through the enlisted jobs that they have. I'm leaning towards. The maritime enforcement one.any experience with this?
 

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what should you know about the coast guard?
It's not the Air Force.
 

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It beats being in the military. :thefinger:

Seriously though, it's what you make of it. As with any of the Armed Forces - it will get you a jump start of life. Look for something that you will enjoy doing that will transfer to a job outside of the service. You can choose to stay in and make 20 or get your training, experience then find something on the outside.

If you go MEO it will be a lot of fun and full of suck at the same time. That kind of work is 96% boring and 4% balls to the wall. Most are in it for the 4% which is a ton of fun. Seas will be rough, it will rain it's ass of on you, you will be cold and miserable just as much as comfortable. It's part of it, embrace the suck and drive on. From a transfer to civvy life most places will require 5yrs of military service or a 4yr degree to get in the door - the requirements are different from dept to dept.

Do your homework and decide what exactly you want to do then don't sign the papers until it is in the "contract". Most recruiters have slots to fill and will work you to get them filled. They may try and talk you to being an in-flight missile repairman and sell you on how much fun it will be... they see recruits all day, every day so you are just as "special" as the rest. Don't be afraid to walk away if you don't get what you want - even if it is a bluff. Walk away and give it some thought.

Starting my life with the military was the best thing I could have done and I have zero regrets.
 

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And don't give up on the degree.... unless you want to work for someone else from now on. Do it now while you have the time, energy and education - it never gets easier - ever. Even if you do go in some sort of service - keep going to school! You may regret giving up on the chance one day.
 

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You can certainly see parts of the country you've never seen before. I would suggest the Navy instead, but the Merchant Marine Academy is pretty good too.

Go to your local Coast Guard post and get a tour and some first-hand accounts.
 

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Finish your degree, everyone that I was going in with is basically no further ahead than they would have been with out going. It seems that the only ones that come out well are the ones that put in the 20 years or whatever it is now and apparently they rake in the retirement while working when they want on contract.

Like Ron said its what you make of it, I got a poor guy that left being a intel specialist for 7 years or so if I remember correct and now he is starting a position as a Qc clerk for around 15 an hour, my Qc techs make 38 and up and I'm over 50 an hour and we are all non degree types, then there's the guys with degrees that overshadow my rate by 15 or more dollars an hour and are less likely to get capped by salary caps.

I have yet to meet anyone that left school that ever ended up going back, either life, family or fear got in the way. I know their are people that have been able to do it but historically it doesn't happen.

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The Coast Guard?! Poor child, you must be afraid of the ocean. The good news is that if your ship ever sinks, you can walk to shore. Are you a Kevin Costner fan? If that's your thing why don't you move to the Plains and hang out with natives, it'll be more fulfilling.
On a serious note, it all depends on what you want to accomplish. I presume you've compared branches of the service, and picked the puddle pirates for a particular reason. Other than the complete lack of respect you will get from real military folks the CG is fine :) Semper Paratus and good luck with your decision.
 

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The Coast Guard?! Poor child, you must be afraid of the ocean. The good news is that if your ship ever sinks, you can walk to shore. Are you a Kevin Costner fan? If that's your thing why don't you move to the Plains and hang out with natives, it'll be more fulfilling.
On a serious note, it all depends on what you want to accomplish. I presume you've compared branches of the service, and picked the puddle pirates for a particular reason. Other than the complete lack of respect you will get from real military folks the CG is fine :) Semper Paratus and good luck with your decision.
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I have yet to meet anyone that left school that ever ended up going back, either life, family or fear got in the way. I know their are people that have been able to do it but historically it doesn't happen.

Finish your degree, I need a cooler boss.
I dropped out of school 3 times after the Marines before I finally decided that I NEED to finish college. Then I went to school for the past 3 yrs and finally graduated at 28 yr of age with my BS in Criminal Justice. I think waiting may have helped me with my grades b/c I dont go out and party and do all the other shit that the young ones do but at the same time I wish I would have had this done at 21 and not 28.
 

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I come from a family with a few coasties and it is an awesome service to go in to! You get a lot of flack and what not but it is a great decision!


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I was in your boat (no pun intended) at your age. I did one semester of college and hated it. So I went to a tec trade school, became a computer programmer and was off to the races. I did go back to college but it took me 8 years to get a ba going part time. The thing is that I started back to school after I had matured a bit and had responsibility (kid).

As for the CG, they have an important mission and teach trades just like any branch of the millitary. They might even have some programs that give college credit.

It may not be as 'ra ra' as some other branches but at your age its about getting out on your own and experiencing the world. I worked with a bunch of costies up in Boston and it seemed like a great place to start.
 

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My Son looked into the CG and according to him the educational opportunities he was expecting and/or looking for weren't to his liking so he chose the Navy
 

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im surprised noone has said this yet
GIRLS DONT GO AFTER COAST GUARD GUYS and we all know you need all the help you can get corey :thefinger:

seriously though, go into what you wanna do and will be happy with. I looked at CG, but they didnt really offer what I wanted so I joined the Army National Guard. I'm making more money and they are paying for alot of my school.
 

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talked to my freind about it and he said the cg has like a 2yr waiting list in our area.

if that still holds true i will try for the navy. looking at the physical aspect it will only take a little work on the swimming part.


and its not that im not in the mood for school. its just at this point i dont have a major in mind. so im just sorta takeing classes. theres no end goal to motivate me...

i want to do some sort of law enforcement. whether it be navy,cg,local,fwc,borderpatrol.
or medical.paramedic,emt,firerescue.

i can make more money as non military leo but id have to go to school and train.

if i went and did a military leo would my training transfer over or would i have to do the training above too?
 

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talked to my freind about it and he said the cg has like a 2yr waiting list in our area.

if that still holds true i will try for the navy. looking at the physical aspect it will only take a little work on the swimming part.


and its not that im not in the mood for school. its just at this point i dont have a major in mind. so im just sorta takeing classes. theres no end goal to motivate me...

i want to do some sort of law enforcement. whether it be navy,cg,local,fwc,borderpatrol.
or medical.paramedic,emt,firerescue.

i can make more money as non military leo but id have to go to school and train.

if i went and did a military leo would my training transfer over or would i have to do the training above too?
If you are wanting to be a LEO then i really suggest looking at the national guard. this way you can still work in your civi job as a LEO, and have your 1 weekend a month and 2 weeks a year to train with your unit in the army, and hopefully get that deployment in. im gonna end up working at a state level and im in the national guard. almost every trooper and local officer ive talked to has served in the national guard.

you will still have to go to an academy for local/state/federal on top of your military training. but with your military training you will be leaps ahead of everyone.
 

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