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How long of a wait to join the Coast Guard?

by tom44 on June 15, 2013

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Question by Andrea G: How long of a wait to join the Coast Guard?
I have already taken the ASVAB, and got an 87 (about 10 months ago), and don’t have, or have ever had any medical problems. I’m 5″1 and 115 lbs. If I went to talk to a recruiter (in San Diego), and everything was ok for me to join, how soon could I go to boot camp? I have researched this a lot, and know this is what I want. I want to be an MST. Thank’s in advance.

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Answer by Been There~Done That!
If you’re READY to join a dedicated group of men and women who serve our nation by protecting its waterways and coastlines, then the Coast Guard wants to hear from you.

You should be physically fit and will undergo a physical exam. You’ll have to meet a set of mental and character standards. You also must be between 17 and 27 years old – though some Reserve and officer programs allow you to be older.

As a Coastie, depending on your unit’s missions, you could be expected to save lives, make drug busts, safeguard the environment or protect our country from terrorists. In the Coast Guard, we do more than train and wait; we train and perform on a daily basis.

In return, you’ll earn a competitive salary; have access to a host of benefits; receive some of the best, most sought-after training from seamanship to technology; and have the opportunity for pay raises, promotions and advancement.

But more importantly, you’ll be part of one of the most accomplished military services in the world. At the end of every day, you’ll have the fulfillment that comes from knowing you’ve done an important job.

If that is the kind of life you are seeking, and you are READY to make the commitment necessary to be one of us, click here to contact a recruiter.

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2 thoughts on “How long of a wait to join the Coast Guard?

  1. Kenny says:

    The above poster was really motivating and all, but to answer the question… The Coast Guard maintains the same as do all branches (even though they’re not DoD).

    Anywhere from one week to one year after signing the contract. You’re been in a delayed entry program waiting to ship out. They usually ship at the next available. They also try to focus this as to when you’re job school is going to be available.

  2. Peter G says:

    depends on your recruiter and if the class is full but you should be able to leave tomorrow, a week from now, my suggestion two months from now that way you can work out, or a year from now

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