Ensign Billets on 110's, FRC's, and 175's?

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    I've been hearing rumors flying around that they are considering opening up billets for Ensigns on the 110's, the new FRC, and the 175' buoy tenders for the class of 2011 and beyond. Does anybody know more about this?
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Not sure where they'd fit an ensign on a 110....


    110's in the NAG have two LTJGs, but I don't think we've ever send a newly minted ensign to a 110' in the North Arabian Gulf (if we know what's good for us).

    I don't know what the billeting of an FRC is yet, but when we have the first one, we'll see. I'm looking forward to a tour of that.
     
  3. BR2011

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    The detailers confirmed last week that they are sending 15-20 people to 110's and around 2 to FRC's.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Wow, boot ensigns to 110s, correct?
     
  5. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    That's pretty incredible. What would their jobs be on the 110's BR2011? Is the rumor about the 175' false? Your class is going to have some awesome selections :thumb:
     
  6. BR2011

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    They said it will be a job in Ops. They haven't been more specific than that but I assume that since its so new you'll find out exactly how you fit in once you've been aboard for a bit.

    They didn't say anything about ensigns to 175's this year.
     
  7. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    With the size of a 110, I assume they'll expect some very quick turn-around on qualifications. They won't want "ship riders" too long when there's so few people to stand watch.

    The 110's in Bahrain had three officers, senior LT CO, LTJG XO, and LTJG Ops. I'm not sure what I think of sending an unqualified ensign to a ship that size to take the job of a BM1 who has likely been plotting courses for some time. Of course, anytime someone new goes to a ship there are some growing pains.

    On larger cutters wardrooms are able to absorb the varying lengths of time it takes JOs to qualify and stand a regular watch. On 110s there isn't that luxury.

    Should be interesting to see how it works out. I'm going to ask a few coworkers about this. Detailers do the assignments, but the billets are creating in a magical world at CGHQ.

    I assume it's two to an FRC because there will only be one FRC by that time, the Webber.
     
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  10. BR2011

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    Word is that no one will be sent to a ship that is going overseas. Ensigns aren't taking the BM1's spot either, they are just adding the Ensign billet on top of the normal crew. It will be interesting to see how it works out. I am actually looking to put in for one.
     
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    Very nice.:thumb:
    Thanks Luigi.
     
  12. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Right, but typically you would have a BM1 operations petty officer.


    Should be interesting. Can't say I 100% support it, but then, I don't have a dog in that fight, so I certainly hope it works out.
     
  13. MidwestMom

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    Class of 2011 assignments

    It would be great if other opportunities open for 2011. My DD (as a 3/c) was assigned to a 378 all summer and is looking forward to other assignments. Could her summer experience be counted toward 378 experience even though she hasn't graduated yet?
     
  14. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    I'm not sure if I understand this question. There are plenty of opportunities for newly minted ensigns, independent of new kinds of billets opening up.


    As a 3/c I was on a 210', CGC DILIGENCE, and I HATED it.
    As a 1/c I was on a 210', CGC ACTIVE, and I LOVED it.
    As an ensign and Lt. j.g. I was on a 210', and I have mixed feelings about it.

    Each cutter or billet is unique. The experience changes from platform to platform, ship to ship, and command to command. You may have one boss you hate. A year later he may rotate out and you may have a boss you love. My second experience on a 210' lead me to put in for a 210' for my first unit. On my 210', I had a boss I disliked for a year, and he rotated out and I had another boss I disliked. Some people had a mix, and some loved everyone they worked with. Luck of the draw.
     

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