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When is the Coast Guard is going to start accepting applications for the Maritime Enforcement Specialist Rating from people who aren't currently in the Coast Guard? January 2010, or later than that?

I'm thinking about going in as either a Gunner's Mate or a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, but if they're going to start accepting ME applications soon, than I want to wait cause I'm more interested in that as I'd like to work in Law Enforcement after I'm discharged.

EDIT: Oh, forgot to say, the reason I'm not asking a recruiter this is cause the nearest one is two hours away and my Dad (who served in the Navy back in the early 80s) told me not to go to the recruiter until I knew exactly what I wanted. He got BS'd by one.
 

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I don't know the answer to your question (sorry ) but wanted to encourage
going in the Coast Guard.I was in (76-80) and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
 

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'Maritime Enforcement Specialist'? That didn't exist as a rate when I was in (83-88). We all went to LE training back then... It sounds fun though, and Gunner's Mates get to play with all the toys!

Things surely have changed, but back when I enlisted, we didn't have the luxury of negotiating our schooling. You literally went on a waiting list after boot camp and that list sometimes took years. In the meanwhile, you were either a seaman or fireman and couldn't advance past E-3 until you had your rate. Now - you could 'strike' some rates (Like Boatswain's mate) by studying and taking tests on your own.

I guess my point is, don't be discouraged if the recruiter isn't falling all over himself like other branches might. If you love the water, you'll love the Coast Guard.
 

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+1 in going Coastie! This is from a 17 year Navy sailor.

As far as the MES rating.....look up and call a (any) Coast Guard recruiting station and just ask a few questions but commit to nothing yet. If they 'run you around' at all, hang up and call another one. Overall the Coasties are a great group and you'll do great things with 'em!
 

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The CG recruiters are a lot different than the rest of them, and they all are a lot different now than they were years ago. I wouldn't be afraid to talk with one.
 

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I don't know the answer to your question (sorry ) but wanted to encourage
going in the Coast Guard.I was in (76-80) and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made.
Good to know. Thanks.

'Maritime Enforcement Specialist'? That didn't exist as a rate when I was in (83-88). We all went to LE training back then... It sounds fun though, and Gunner's Mates get to play with all the toys!
They just announced the new rate this year I think. Yeah, they both sound like a load of fun.

Things surely have changed, but back when I enlisted, we didn't have the luxury of negotiating our schooling. You literally went on a waiting list after boot camp and that list sometimes took years. In the meanwhile, you were either a seaman or fireman and couldn't advance past E-3 until you had your rate. Now - you could 'strike' some rates (Like Boatswain's mate) by studying and taking tests on your own.
Oh, I read that you won't be able to strike for the MES rating, but didn't know what that meant.

+1 in going Coastie! This is from a 17 year Navy sailor.

As far as the MES rating.....look up and call a (any) Coast Guard recruiting station and just ask a few questions but commit to nothing yet. If they 'run you around' at all, hang up and call another one. Overall the Coasties are a great group and you'll do great things with 'em!
LOL, I was also considering the Navy, but thought the Guard would prep me for my civilian career better. I'm got some physical fitness issues to resolve before I'm ready to go in, but thanks for the advice on dealing with the recruiters.
 

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Recruiters lying? Naaaaaw...you've got to be kidding me.:rofl::rofl:

OK, let's get by that 'sure bet', and say that they ALL lie, or 'mislead'.:yup::yup:

The Coast Guard will treat you well, a good choice.
I was a 'Coastie Officer' 79-84.:danceban::bier:
 
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