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Old 02-24-2017, 12:52 PM   #241
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USCG AD currently stationed in Alaska and transferring to Iowa this summer . Been in 8 years, 12 left.
What does the USCG do in Iowa?
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What does the USCG do in Iowa?
Maintains the aids to navigation on the Mississippi River
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Old 02-24-2017, 12:59 PM   #243
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Maintains the aids to navigation on the Mississippi River
Ah - never thought of that. Thanks for your service.

Is the USCG rank structure similar to the Navy or the Marines.
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Ah - never thought of that. Thanks for your service.

Is the USCG rank structure similar to the Navy or the Marines.
Same ranks as the Navy but our rates our alittle different. Some have the same name but with do different things
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Old 02-24-2017, 01:07 PM   #245
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Same ranks as the Navy but our rates our alittle different. Some have the same name but with do different things
Same ranks,but different rates? Does that mean that an E6 or an O5 in the USCG makes more or less than the same rank in the Navy or Air Force?
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No same pay our jobs are just different
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"Ranks" are paygrades; e.g. E1, E2, E3.... or O1, O2, ....

"Rates" are "jobs" or specialties; e.g., Aviation Electrician (me), Boatswains Mate, Gunners Mate, Yeoman, etc.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:50 PM   #249
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"Ranks" are paygrades; e.g. E1, E2, E3.... or O1, O2, ....

"Rates" are "jobs" or specialties; e.g., Aviation Electrician (me), Boatswains Mate, Gunners Mate, Yeoman, etc.
Yes - I know what "ranks" are and gave an example in my question. The "rates" are what puzzled me.

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Actually, in the Navy, an enlisted person's rank is actually rate. Officers have rank, enlisted have rate. (Enlisted do not have rank, they have rate.)

An enlisted person's job specialty is called rating.
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Actually, in the Navy, an enlisted person's rank is actually rate. Officers have rank, enlisted have rate. (Enlisted do not have rank, they have rate.)

An enlisted person's job specialty is called rating.


Looks like things changed in late 2016 and did away with terms... interesting.
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Yea but I thought the Navy threw the change out after Trump was elected. Also, learn something new everyday I didn't realize the Mississippi River ran over into Iowa.
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Old 02-24-2017, 05:33 PM   #253
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Still miss the smell of JP5!!!


We probably passed by at some point. I was on the Nimitz CVN-68 from June 1990 thru 1993. Was in the Gulf in 1991 and in 1993.

If I remember correctly, we relieved the Ranger in the Gulf (1991) right after the strikes.

Speaking of JP5, I had a big purple pipe running above my head in my rack.

Good times!
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Still miss the smell of JP5!!!
You haven't smelled JP5 until you've crawled into the fuel tank of an H-3 to replace the fuel level sensor. Don't ask me how I know!

(WHY would they put it at the opposite end of the tank as the manhole???)
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Is it just me or does it seem like more and more people go out of their way to say "thank you for your service" these days?
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