Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Many Questions


Hello Mr. Florentine. What is the diference between primary mos and secondary mos? 2) Can you list jobs in each category? 3) Do i get to choose where i want to be deployed? 4) Can an Enlistee lead his own unit or team? 5) How many days is a marine allowed in a year to go on a vacation/leave? Thank you


1.  The Coast Guard does not utilize the same MOS system the Army, Air Force and Marines utilize so I am not certain the difference other to say that your primary MOS is your principal specialty while your secondary MOS is a sub-specialty.
2.  I can not since I do not know all the MOSs.
3. service branch will determine where your unit deploys.
4.  Depends on the military branch.  That said the higher you move up the enlisted ranks the more leadership you would be expected to demonstrate.
5.  All military personnel regardless of branch earn 2.5 days of leave a month.  You are permitted to have a leave bank of 62.5 days.  Now just because you earn leave doesn't permit you to take it.  I've lost leave days some years.  Personally I try to take a day or two of leave a month and one or two longer vacations a year.  Ultimately its up to your chain of command how many days of leave you are permitted to take.


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Active Duty Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander. My specialties are opertations afloat and operations ashore; three afloat tours and three ashore tour under my belt including command afloat and navy exchange. My staff assignments have been with Officer Personnel Management as a Career Counselor, White House Military Office as a Social Aide, and at the Office of Law Enforcement within CG Headquarters as a program analyst. I can answer questions related to the Coast Guard, the assignment process, officer specialties, OCONUS duty, afloat and ashore operations. I can also answer questions related to the White House Social Aide Program.


WMEC Deck Watch Officer Portsmouth VA; DD Combat Info Center Officer Yokosuka Japan (Navy Exchange); WPB Commanding Officer San Juan PR; Enforcement Div Sector San Juan PR; Career Counselor (OPM-4); Law Enforcement Program Analyst (CG-MLE); Command Center Chief Sector San Juan PR

USCGA Alumni Association, OutServe, Society of White House Military Aides.

B.S. in Government from the US Coast Guard Academy; M.S.A in Leadership from Central Michigan University

Awards and Honors
CG Commendation Medal, USN Achievement Medal, CG Achievement Medal, CG Commandant Letter of Commendation

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