What is the USCG equivalent to the USN HM rating?

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  1. CitadelN88

    CitadelN88 Member

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    My google fu is weak this morning.


    Thanks
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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  3. CitadelN88

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    Perfect thanks - I just learned the USN Signalman rate is no more, made me a little sad and feel rather old
     
  4. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Ah yes.
    The only thing stable about change is change.
    There were still a few Boiler Techs around during my last AD years. “Sparks” is gone, RM, rolled up into another rating, echoing the merging of all kinds of data and comm systems.
    If they ever get rid of “Boats,” I will know I’ve achieved Ancient Mariner status, though some would already place me there.
     
  5. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    But what do CG folk informally call their enlisted medical personnel? Or not?
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    They’re HSs but typically, if they’re on a ship they’re “Doc”.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    I think HS is Health Service Specialist
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    Either I’ve always been wrong about this, or it has changed...
     
  9. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    The link I posted uses “technician.”
     
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  10. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    We all go by Doc but the Coasties medical rating is HS, Health Services Technician.

    The senior HS on cutters with no physician aboard, equal to our IDCs, went to our IDC school. We used to call them "Department of Transportation" representatives. They now of course are not in the DOT.
     
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  11. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    I thought conversations with you (much beloved) military medics always started out “Uh, hey Doc, I’ve got this (______) going on with my/in my (________). Can you give me something?”
     
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  12. Devil Doc

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    Yep, passageway medicine.
     
  13. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    I’m just happy someone associated with Marines can spell DOT.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    The answer is ... 800 mg Motrin.
     
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  15. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Otherwise known as Vitamin M - precisely! Taken from the large container of horse-sized pills from the interior of a steel cabinet or desk drawer whose contents were known only to The Doc.
     
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    With our flight surgeon, it was "Hey Doc...it hurts when I go like this....(demonstrating whatever action causes the ailment....), and Docs response was "then don't go like that....."
     
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    "Hey Doc, I get a pain in my eye every time I drink hot chocolate. What should I do?"

    "Take the spoon out of the cup, you moron."
     
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  18. Devil Doc

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    Actual medicine is only about 10 percent of Doc's job aboard ship and with the Marines. The rest of our time is taken up with food sanitation, hearing, heat, scheduling physicals and specialty consultations, PB4T, supply management and other whatnots. Of course everybody thinks we do nothing and have time, anytime, to look at their itchy place or write a light duty chit.

    I don't know how many times I got stopped in the P-way with, "Doc, I have a drip, sore, rash," or fill in any below the belt condition.

    OK, let me look at it.

    "What, we're in the passageway," he'd say.

    Now you see my predicament. See me in Sick Bay at 08 tomorrow morning and I'll check it out.
     
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    Howling here. Passageway medicine. Still laughing.

    Bonus points for mentioning PB4T, Planning Board for Training, arguably the most-dreaded, interminable, regularly-occurring meeting I recall during my JO and mid-grade years.
     
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  20. CitadelN88

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    I just nodded off at the mention of PB4T
     
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