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  • Coast Guard Reserves - Maritime Enforcement Specialist

    I was curious if anyone could give me some information on this rating in the Coast Guard Reserve. Is it difficult to get this rating in the CG Reserve in the NYC area? I'm a NYC Police Officer and have a bachelors degree. Doing some research, I think I may be eligible for the Direct Entry Petty Officer Training Course (DEPOT) - would that be a correct assumption. What kinds of things do these guys do and do they deploy overseas or is it mostly within the states? I plan on talking to a recruiter next week, but I would rather have some information as I am pretty clueless right now and don't want to go in there knowing nothing. Thanks guys.

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    I leave for DEPOT in January as an ME. It is competitive and you have to make your application packt look attractive. I have heard of other police officers and prior service getting turned down. Let me know if you have any questions, mostlikely your recruiter may not know alot about DEPOT. I am the first out of the S. Florida Recruiting ofice to be processed for DEPOT, so my recruiter and I learned what to do through the process together.

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      Being a police officer would make you eligible for Maritime Enforcement. It is a very competitive process right now as they are trying to downsize the Coast Guard. ME billets are hard to get, we are even getting reservists in our unit who signed up without an A school date! How can that be? We only come in once a month, and ME is a non-strikeable rate. The ME A school list is backed up to 2012, so if you don't get a guaranteed petty officer position, good luck. Advancement is going to be a little more competitive also too.

      If you go to a PSU, you will deploy. Since you are NY, you're probably better off going to the PSU in Boston, but you're welcome to come to the PSU in Virginia also. None of your commute is paid for (we had a guy commuting from Arizona to Virginia - he was losing money just coming to drill). I am not sure if the MSST in New York has reservists, but MSSTs are in deployment rotation for overseas missions. My buddy who is at the Sector in New York says it's not bad, but he's coming back to the PSU. Most non-DOG units will deploy CONUS if there is a natural disaster of some sort (Gulf Oil Spill).

      Here is another issue, there has to be an available billet at a unit you want to go to. When I first enlisted (I'm not a police officer), I had the option of going to a unit maybe an hour away, or a unit 3 hours away. Of course being the idiot that I am I picked the one further out. Did I regret that choice? No way, my closest friends are at my current unit, we've deployed together, and we know a lot about each other. That is the benefit of going to an all reserve unit (PSU). Some active units that have to interact with reservists have those folks with "God Complex" issues, and think they're better than us. I just brush it off, and other units appreciate reservists because sometimes they are augmented in the weekend rotation so the Active folks can have the weekends off.

      If you've got any other questions let me know.

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