Posted on Jul 24, 2019
Raquel Rodriguez
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I am in the process of booking public transportation to my local MEP's and had a question regarding timing for the exam date and physical. Unfortunately my recruiter was not able to answer the question when I spoke to him earlier as his experience with Mep's was 8 years ago and I am one of his first recruits. I took the initiative to give the Mep's location I will be going to a call and was able to get the questions answered, but the individual sounded frustrated and also requested my Recruiters name. After some research with whether it is acceptable or not here on RallyPoints, people normally suggested reaching out to the recruiting office, but the recruiters at the office I am working with work remotely from home so it's not as easy to get in touch with recruiters.
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There are so many things wrong with your situation. For starters, you shouldn't be taking public transportation to MEPS as your Recruiter should be transporting you. And you would only go when you have a confirmed reservation at MEPS for your physical exams. And your Recruiter will be notified of that date. The reason why the person at MEPS was frustrated and wanted your Recruiters name is because Recruits are highly discouraged from calling MEPS. Recruiters working remotely from home and not from an actual recruiting station?
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Raquel Rodriguez
Raquel Rodriguez
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PO3 (Join to see) - Unfortunately it is as I have been gathering some information from a current Coastie and he had to do the whole process on his own for the most part. I was also looking at the USCG forums on a independent site and many were coming across with similar issues.
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Raquel Rodriguez
Raquel Rodriguez
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CWO3 Dave Alcantara - Thank you. I just hope the overwhelming process moves quickly.
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PFC Jeffrey Herrington
PFC Jeffrey Herrington
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Raquel Rodriguez CWO3 Dave Alcantara - Different services that provide their own transportation are different. What I mean by that, if the USCG is letting recruiters work from home and not take recruits to MEPS there's a lot of real benefits to serving. You already see the benefits if you get picked for recruiter duty. They aren't going to have several month blocks of time even off duty while in garrison that you straight up can't drink alcohol, they aren't going to be too worried your nose ring that you wear during your off hours, and they aren't going to be stressing out about the unauthorized hairstyle that you have in some sort of a bun. At the end of the 20 you get the same retirement as a Marine that's been honing their discipline skills (grinding away) all that time. But hey, its ok, they had the ride to MEPS right? Keep in mind though, if you get in some sort of trouble whereas I know the Army has a "million" programs to protect it's soldiers, in the USCG you may be on your own.

If you're calling to check, you're already on the right path for a strong military career. Once you make it so that you outrank the person on the other end of the line, things are going to go a lot better. I promise. Yes, in your instance you can call MEPS and ask about scheduling. It doesn't matter if they are happy about it or not. If they didn't want recruits calling MEPS about scheduling there would have been a DoD level rule stating all recruits have to be transported to and from MEPS by an authorized person (i.e. your recruiter)
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PO2 Christopher A.
PO2 Christopher A.
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My dad drove me to the flea bag motel all the military recruits were staying at and we all went to MEPS on a charter bus the next morning. I never saw my CG recruiter after I signed the papers. That was in 1989.
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SFC Michael Davila
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It's your career. Call MEPS.
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SFC Christopher Smith
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I guess the Coast Guard is lucky to have such a dedicated recruit. I think most people would not go through the trouble, or get discouraged. It is kind of why a recruiter walks you through the process. If they left it to the average recruit, they would lose them in the process.

As a taxpayer and not part of the machine any longer, I'm a little upset about this. I would bet they have all kind of allowances and stipends to cover your travel. And, I doubt working from home means recruits are SOL and on their own to get through the process. I bet the recruiter pulls in a full time salary or at least full time compensation for the time they work and this is no doubt part of their job.
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SFC Christopher Smith
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My advice is call another recruiter and let someone dedicated to your enlistment "get the sale".
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Raquel Rodriguez
Raquel Rodriguez
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Understood which encourages me to continue to be dedicated to my duty and in hopes of some day being resourceful if I ever have the opportunity to become a Recruiter for the USCG.
I find that the USCG doesn't really seek out applicants which may be why they leave it up to the Recruit -- ultimately, that in turn does not make it such a popular branch because it's such a small branch with little need for people and in this case applicants.
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SFC Christopher Smith
SFC Christopher Smith
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Whatever it takes to get you in should be at no cost and minimal inconvenience to you. Honestly, I can only theorize that working from home eliminates an office and those expenses, but I cannot see this person not having a full time position or being unable to get you to MEPS.
I bet any of the other four services would give you a ride if space was available.
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PFC Jeffrey Herrington
PFC Jeffrey Herrington
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SFC Christopher Smith - Thank you Sergeant Smith for hitting the nail on the head.
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