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Old 04-05-2012, 01:09 PM
 
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I was afraid that my age would be a factor. This is what I was thinking, I would keep my job as a police officer and go into the Navy Reserve. According to their website, I can be up to 39 in order to become a commissioned officer. I understand that the military is downsizing on a major scale and that's why I don't want to push the active duty thing. Looking back, I should have pressed on when I originally wanted to go in and I would have been just fine. I figure that if I go into the Reserves now, I can take advantage of some of the benefits, work part time and get the extra pay, and get a second retirement check.

Here's the details about my LEO job. I started with the city in 2004, but I didn't make police officer until 2006. So, I have about 6 1/2 years of LEO under my belt. I enjoy the para-military atmosphere and try to conduct myself with as much discipline and professionalism as possible. In my city, I have to work 25 years to retire with a portion of my base pay. I have to go 30 years if I want a comfortable retirement. We have been on a salary increase freeze since 2006 and my family health insurance costs me about $600 a month. I literally have to work all the time just to make ends meet. I'm just in this situation where I need something else or something different. Does all this make any sense?
If you like the paramilitary aspect of the job then visit an air guard or air reserve recruiter, as security forces are always needed. The squadron commander liked having them around as when you went on a training assignment a certain amount of personal had to carry live ammo all the time. These personal were always the police officers as they had the most real world experience with fire arms. Also when you have to liaison with local police they would always take the lead, it was nice to have a police escort with a 80 truck convoy.
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Old 04-06-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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Based upon what you have said, it's not for you dude. Stay out.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:18 AM
 
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I think you need to suck it up and stick with your current profession. If not the current police force look for a different one, but the "grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence". You won't earn a pension unless you do at least 20 years in the military and that puts you at 54. I did 25 years in the Navy and once you hit hour mid 40's the military lifestyle can wear you down. Have you thought about starting a small business on the side? If might give you a look at some other professions or just distract you from the negatives of being a police officer. Good luck!
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Old 04-08-2012, 06:17 AM
 
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Military life is very stressful. I loved my career and I would do it all over again...but my family would not!

Your challenges now will be experienced in the military, but your serving the nation vs the state or city, along with the operations tempo of today. The ops temp of today is very intense, VERY! I know numerous personnel who deploy every other year missing many family milestones. Many mothers state its like being a single mother...actually my wife's comment. This stress will separate the family! Honestly, I retired because of the ops tempo, this is very hard on the family.

I worked Law Enforcement in the military for many years. And, I worked side by side with many former city and state cops who crossed over to military law enforcement (message me for questions). Not surprisingly, all basically stated military police is like small town pd's. Yes, there's crime covering all categories but not at the pace that your used to in a mid-size city. Most important, your focus will be on the urban warfare and resource protection. Yes, I was LE but I garnered a lot of training on those focus areas, because that's the mission. You really need to investigate this career field before moving forward, because it's not LE specific, but more well versed in many areas.

Also, you need to consider your age. Don't be shocked if you are not offered a officer position. Additionally, starting out at 34 means that you retire 54, not bad, but the retirement plan is changing really soon. Read up! This is a very very sore topic for me, really chaps my a--.

Stress is a mother! I know. But be careful before making the jump. Talk with recruiters and really really investigate your options. Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:07 AM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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Default My Son Is Thinking Of Enlisting In The Coast Guard...

Any past or present Coast Guarders here?

Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated.

He'll be seventeen in June, will be a senior next year, and is thinking about signing up soon because apparently there is a three year waiting time.

Also, he's a little nervous about the swim test - he's not sure he can tread water for twelve minutes.

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Any thoughts and advice would be appreciated.
I have not been in the Coast Guard, I am retired Army. Met Coast Guard people over the years.

Probably needs to start the process as soon as possible.

They will teach him how to "tread water" and a lot more.

If he qualifies and is accepted it is an adventure you and him will never forget. Really...

Go for it and my luck to him...


Rich
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:07 AM
 
Location: The Cascade Foothills
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I have not been in the Coast Guard, I am retired Army. Met Coast Guard people over the years.

Probably needs to start the process as soon as possible.

They will teach him how to "tread water" and a lot more.

If he qualifies and is accepted it is an adventure you and him will never forget. Really...

Go for it and my luck to him...


Rich
Thanks.

He's taken the ASFAB and he has enough "points" to get into the specific training that he wants (IT).

I think he's afraid that the treading water thing is part of the physical qualifications test. I told him I'd take him down to the lake this summer and he can "practice."
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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Tell him to go for training in occupations that he can use when he gets out. Aviation airframe, jet engine maint/repair, aircraft line maint, diesel engine maint/repair, air control, law enforcement, many others that will help him get a job. He may decide to make the CG his career.
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:43 AM
 
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Thanks.

He's taken the ASFAB and he has enough "points" to get into the specific training that he wants (IT).

I think he's afraid that the treading water thing is part of the physical qualifications test. I told him I'd take him down to the lake this summer and he can "practice."
I was an ET in the Navy very close to what the ET rating is in the Coast Guard, actually went to C school with several of them while I was in the Navy. Tell him to look up the ET side of the house also. They work with the IT people and fix alot of their problems with the computer networks and telecomm infrastructure. Also google the ET and IT coast guard school it will come up with some info on it. Good luck to him.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:55 AM
 
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A friend of mine graduated from high school in 1966. Having no intention of going to college, and not wanting to get drafted, he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He got stationed aboard an icebreaker.


Bu it was an icebreaker that was too old to break ice anymore, so it was stationed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the most ice he saw was in glasses of rum & coke.


Being stationed at the Coast Guard Yard (which I can see from my front window) in Curtis Bay (Baltimore), Md., wouldn't be the most glamourous duty, but I'm sure that there are far worse places to be.
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