Ichabod97 wrote:I'm not in the coast guard, but i have a few buddies that are. Biggest downfall i see with them is advancement...it is slow. I was an E-6 in the Navy in 7 years...my buddy was 6 years in the coast guard and still an E-4, smart hard working bastard too. Other than that...not much advice i can offer.
I made E-5 in 3...
And to the original poster I would suggest that you go to the recruiter in person the first time and make sure you show him how much you want to be in. Times are tough all around and the Coast Guard is limiting the numbers we take in at the moment. So you need to impress him and make that person know you want it more than anyone else and you'll be a better asset to the CG.
Also I wouldn't pick a rate right then and there. Sometimes recruiters try to sell a rate that is need of people like FS (cook) or OS (radio man) I would def go in and be a non rate. It allows you to see all the rates and pick one you would like to do for 20+ years and it teaches you a little humility when you start from the bottom.