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Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by RFR2212, December 21, 2004.

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  1. RFR2212

    RFR2212 Typing Police Elite Explorer

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    Anyone know anything about em? I've been looking into signing up for this. Testing hasn't gone my favor for law enforcement, so looking into something I can get into, and stay here in the US and this is the most appealing for me.

    Anyone have any info on em?

    Thanks.

    Pedro
     
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  3. jnealg

    jnealg Active Member

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    Well there is no garrantee you will stay in the US, Coasties can deploy overseas too.
    After a fair carreer in the Navy working closely with the Coast Gaurd in Drug interdiction, I almost signed up up for another hitch but with them instead of the Nav.
    We had a Coast Gaurd detail on board all the time and learned a lot from them. We all worked closely with various govt entities.
    Most likely you will stay local (US), but you can find yourself overseas, even stationed on a big gray ship instead of a white one :)
    One piece of advice for anyone thinking of going into the military that I give, have the job you want picked out before you join. Dont go in thinking well, I'll be a BM and then decide wheather I want to go to an electronics rating or machinist or whatever. It rarely happens that way.
    I have made a living with the skills I learned in the Navy and would reccomend it to anyone.
     
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    First thing I suggest is to not call them "Puddle Jumpers". Coasties seem to be a little sensitive to this subject. jnealg is correct in his statement, you may or may not be deployed away from home. The CG have detachments that tend to ride along with the Navy on certain missions such as Counter-Narcotics operations in the Caribbean.
    The CG does however use some of the Navy's training for certain rates. I had several Coasties in my FC "A School" class. Then they have limited "C School" class as they do not have all the same equipment.
    If you're looking for something in law enforcement, CG is not a bad way to go. Keep in mind that the Detachment units are typically law enforcement based units providing drug interdiction (sp?).

    Good Luck in whatever direction you go in.
     
  5. TSTONE

    TSTONE Giddy up! Elite Explorer

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    Have you thought about becoming a Sky Marshall or something along those lines, that would be pretty cool. Also don't believe a word any armed forces recruiter tells you they are paid to lie and you have little or no recourse once you've signed, ask to have your contract looked over by a lawyer and explained to you prior to signing, it's well worth the money.
     
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    RFR2212 Typing Police Elite Explorer

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    I definately want to look into something for law enforcement. I didn't waste 4 years at college for nothing. My pops also mentioned going into officers canidate school and getting paid more and starting out better because of my education. We'll see. Should I join, it most likely wont be until spring or early summer. It is a big decision and deserves time to think about. No doubt I could end up over seas, but from what i can gather, this is the one branch where I've got a better chance of staying here.

    Sky marshall no way! Cool job and all, I just don't fly. I think it's fun, my stomach thinks otherwise. As for recruiters, I've got my pops to help out. He spent time in the Navy, and as for a lawyer to review the contract, he's that too, so I'll be getting straight facts from him.
     
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    aldive Elite In Memoriam

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    The Guard, the infamous "shallow water sailers", is a great branch of the Service.
     
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    First off joining "the gaurd" of any branch isn't going to gauruntee or even reduce your chances of being deployed overseas. If you have a degree I believe you can go into any branch of service as an officer but depending on what you want to do you may not like it. Here in the Army officers are mostly paper pushers and do administrative tasks. But you do get payed more and it is more "respected." Personally I thought about joining the Coast Gaurd before I joined the Army. I joined the Army because they had alot more job available for me to choose from, If/when I decide to get out I'll be able to get a real good job so that's something to consider as well. It is a big desicion and I'd recommend talking to a recruiter and taking everything they say very lightly. They're full of crap for the most part, I know mine was. Go take the asvab and then goto MEPS and see what they offer you, you're under no obligation to sign up when you goto MEPS (despite what they say).
     
  9. RFR2212

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    Coast Gaurd is a good branch. I am actually looking at maybe crossing over there from the Navy. I know that they are REALLY looking for electronics techs over there. When I was teaching school for the navy, I used to get a lot of coasties over in my class. Good luck in whatever you decide.
     
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    Meps is the regional processing point for all military. Military Entrance Processing Station (I think).
    Thats usually the place you will take your ASVAB, oath and in my case spend all night drinking because some idiot robbed a jewelry store and held up in my hotel.
     
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    Recruiters come in two types, just like sale people. You have the slimy ones that dont give a hoot about anything but their numbers and (like mine) the no BS ones that will tell you what to really expect and let you weigh your options.

    If you go CG def go OCS. Navy and CG officer corps is outstanding and while they do the paperwork (they are the managers after all) I spent a lot of time with my Division Officers in the off time and liked most of them a lot. You will get rotated around in your duties so you will gain a lot of different experiences managing different groups. Then when you get out it will def pay more to have that managing experience.
     
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    What do you have against overseas?? Thats the best part of being in the service. Retired BTC(SW)USN. And if you are in a Sea Service, go to sea!! No jokes about the CG from me, they rode some of the ships I was on in the Gulf.
     
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    Just sign up for 4 yrs active in the Navy, ask for IT "A" school(that way I get to pick on you for 14 wks), take you chances on a boat or shore (orders are running about 50/50 right now for "A" schoolers). 4 yrs is nothing. It will fly once you get out of boot and "A" school(both of which are here in Great Lakes). You can then come back and reapply for any law enforcement job and probably get it.
    Honestly, the best most stable time of my life was the 9 yrs in the Navy, I recommend it to anyone. :thumbsup:
     
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    As for an update to this thread... I have not passed the necessary tests for the dept. I wanted to work with and the other depts as of now are going no where for me. So shortly I will be in contact with Coast Guard, Navy and Air Force recruiters regarding OCS.... I think I would enjoy the tough work to become an officer in these branches, and could be a great learning experience, ans possible future with them... So we shall see. I just wanted to update all.
     
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    Go Air Force :thumbsup: Been in the army 7 yrs and I've worked with the A/F. Very laid back and easy going(compared to the army). Navy's a good 2nd choice. Coast guard, don't know much about em, but you won't see too many place working for em. Good luck with whichever you decide.

    :chug: :chug:
     
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    Been there for my physical for the Corps, amazing the respect I got from the personal there vs the treatment the enlisted lads got from them.
     
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    he is correct. Unfortounately the military places WAY too emphasis on officers. I'm sure what they do is important, but not as important as they make it out to be. In my 7 yrs in it seems to me that most senior NCO's can run a unit as well or better than the officer.

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    How about the FBI? That looks like a cool job.
     
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    Gamble what are you talking about! Your army and reccomending air force. I have been in the army for five years, its a vacation. You get to sleep in everyday, rarely do anything physical, and you never ever go overseas!!!






    Sarcasm.......lol go airforce or CG for a laid back ride, but then again its not like officers work no matter what service they are in j/k.

    Couple of officer slams.
    Don't call me sir, i work for a living.
    Win the war with a ball point pen?
    Admin ranger, paper cut danger.
    What do i do next said the lueiy
    J/king all in good fun.
     






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