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  • Originally posted by will0861 View Post
    I'm not trying to be a jerk or anything, but for your own sanity don't expect the call anytime soon. If they call great, but as Yoda and I can attest, waiting by the phone gets real old. Both of us had our BI's started 12/07. My file is sitting somewhere in DC, and someone totally forgot about Yoda's file. So, my point is, a lot can happen between now and the call. Just don't give up. Good luck to you.
    hopefully it's not a Califorina area problem ... it sucks to hear about you and Yoda's files. hopefully something will happen for you guys before 2009, 2010 or 2011...

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    • Originally posted by FIU24 View Post
      Quick Question - Why do they send you to your work location for three weeks prior to going to FLETC?
      I've been at my port since Sept. 22nd, and to me spending three weeks sitting in a computer room has been extremely boring. The first week was fun, we took tours of the port met everyone, went over a ton of stuff, but after that first week all I do is sit. IMO you should work a week, maybe 2 pre FLETC. This would give you plenty of time to do paper work and do the computer tests. But after my first week I've seriously done nothing and on top of that you will drop a ton of money on a hotel if you currently live far away from your duty port. (thats what really sucks)

      Send my to FLETC already!!!!! lol

      ps: I know everyone will say "Well at least your getting paid to do nothing" but in all reality the pay is not that much when you subtract $40 each night for a hotel and $10 a day for food. GS 5 pay goes way down when you are spending $50 a day on lodging and food.
      Last edited by Goosell; 10-14-2008, 11:57 AM.

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      • Originally posted by Goosell View Post
        I've been at my port since Sept. 22nd, and to me spending three weeks sitting in a computer room has been extremely boring. The first week was fun, we took tours of the port met everyone, went over a ton of stuff, but after that first week all I do is sit. IMO you should work a week, maybe 2 pre FLETC. This would give you plenty of time to do paper work and do the computer tests. But after my first week I've seriously done nothing and on top of that you will drop a ton of money on a hotel if you currently live far away from your duty port. (thats what really sucks)

        Send my to FLETC already!!!!! lol

        ps: I know everyone will say "Well at least your getting paid to do nothing" but in all reality the pay is not that much when you subtract $40 each night for a hotel and $10 a day for food. GS 5 pay goes way down when you are spending $50 a day on lodging and food.
        I agree i did it 25 calendar days last year and its far too long. I hate the idea of having to do it for 3-4 weeks again if i get back on board. I wouldnt complain but after a while you feel stupid and like your just in everyones way.

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        • Why...three weeks of sitting and thumb-twiddling help prepare you for those times you'll be working midnights and/or a smaller outport.

          Heck...if you're assigned to a smaller outport, those three weeks could be typical of nearly every day at your port.

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          • Originally posted by merlin436 View Post
            Why...three weeks of sitting and thumb-twiddling help prepare you for those times you'll be working midnights and/or a smaller outport.

            Heck...if you're assigned to a smaller outport, those three weeks could be typical of nearly every day at your port.
            Yes, but in that scenario you would at least have a badge and be in uniform and do something possibly productive. Not walking around in a "hello, my name is" tag.

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            • Are you allowed to bring in a book or anything? Just curious.

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              • Originally posted by barnaj View Post
                Yes, but in that scenario you would at least have a badge and be in uniform and do something possibly productive. Not walking around in a "hello, my name is" tag.
                Most likely you'd be sitting with your badge and gun, watching TV or checking your email on the computer. There's not a lot 'productive' work one can do if there's no traffic. Perhaps you can find 'busy work', but that's about it.

                At least in my experience...

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                • Originally posted by Hound77 View Post
                  Are you allowed to bring in a book or anything? Just curious.
                  Maybe.

                  What kind of book?
                  Smut/porn will be seriously frowned on, and I wouldn't show up with something with a possible political/religious objection.

                  The company line is probably no. In practice though most Sups probably wouldn't care unless it negatively affects your coworkers or you getting to the traffic in a timely manner. Mostly it depends on location.
                  I've seen people reading, knitting, building birdhouses, tying fishing flys, and a whole lot of other stuff at some of the sleepier outports.


                  Edit...if you're talking of pre-academy, I'd leave the book at home. there's a big difference between a new hire and someone already working on the job.
                  Last edited by merlin436; 10-14-2008, 01:08 PM.

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                  • 2nd that of gms632...

                    ...I just got comfirmation that HQ changed the Oct 6 to Nov 3.

                    Originally posted by gms632 View Post
                    I just got off the phone with the MHC. They told me there will definitely be an announcement next month (November).

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                    • can anyone advise of the following question. When a the new announcement comes out for CBP and new test are taken and scores received. If a new tester has a higher score than the old tester who is waiitng for a TO, will the new tester be placed above the old tester due to the high score?

                      Thanks in advance for any insight.

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                      • Any of the August testers get a VBT schedule letter yet? I'm not scheduled, I'm curious if others are getting the dates for them as of late. Looks like I'll see what Thursday or next week bring.
                        "Officer, you are kinda hot."

                        "And you are kinda intoxicated."

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                        • Originally posted by sap123 View Post
                          Any of the August testers get a VBT schedule letter yet? I'm not scheduled, I'm curious if others are getting the dates for them as of late. Looks like I'll see what Thursday or next week bring.
                          I haven't received mine yet and was wondering the same thing...

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                          • July Tester, still waiting to be scheduled. Medical/Fit test tomorrow.

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                              Last edited by cargo82; 10-14-2008, 05:31 PM.

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                              • To the guys waiting on the VBT: I guess all we can do is keep checking the outlets to see if we get movement. I have a feeling once they send a scheduling letter, it will reflect accordingly on the hotline and/or CASS.

                                Edited out poster's question.
                                Last edited by sap123; 10-14-2008, 04:58 PM.
                                "Officer, you are kinda hot."

                                "And you are kinda intoxicated."

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