Coast Guard Occupations?

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  1. SuaSponte

    SuaSponte Member

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    Hey guys, I'm mostly interested in USMA/USNA/AFA but I've got some interest in CGA. My question is, what kind of jobs do Officers in the Coast Guard have? I remember reading something about them not quite having specialties, but I can't remember. The MSRT operations looked interesting (although I'm betting they're enlisted only).

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Bumpin'
     
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Yeah, I forgot to respond to this. The Coast Guard doesn't have an "MOS" for its officers. Enlisted have "ratings" which are their specialties.

    This of the Coast Guard as a two track career. One track is "operational" like being on a ship, being a pilot, etc. Generally this is out from behind a desk.

    The other track is "staff". My "staff" job in the Coast Guard was as a public affairs officer. My operational tour was as a deck watch officer on a cutter.

    The most you direct your career along those paths (by planning and putting in for jobs that work along those tracks), the longer and deeper you go, and the more specialized you become.

    Assignment officers will also be able to take note of the path your career takes. If you have afloat tours under your belt, you have a shot at another afloat billet with more responsibility, but if you've never been on a cutter, then you won't have a shot at an Operations Officer billet.

    Staff tours are all over the board, but you can think of operational tours along three general communities, ashore (sectors, MSOs etc), afloat (cutters) and aviation (helos and fixed-wing).

    There are a few officer billets in the MSRT and the MSSTs.
     
  4. SuaSponte

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    Great, thanks for the info. Seems like you can certainly direct your career path, good stuff.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    You have a pretty big say in it. Doesn't mean you get 100% of what you want, but you can certainly do things to help move it in the right direction.
     
  6. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    And the majority of first assignments out of the Academy are afloat ones anyways, which means that you still have a couple of years to decide what you want your career path to be.
     
  7. SuaSponte

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    Good to hear, thanks guys.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    No problem. Any time.
     

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