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MemeMaster  
#1 Posted : Monday, September 20, 2021 6:11:30 PM(UTC)
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Howdy everyone,

Just became a new RCA at a small town post office, I've yet to go in for training or anything but, after reading through the forum I've got a pit of dread set into my stomach.

My parents, uncle, and everyone who told me to apply and go through with everything never mentioned it can take a decade to become career, hell I don't even know the age of the people at the place I'm applying to. All the people I talked to when I got my fingerprints taken were saying they need RCA's now more than ever but, it seems from what I've been reading there's still too many oldtimers who haven't retired across the country still.

Am I doomed before I even start? I'm just a 25M who's trying to get out of his parents house. I'm fine if it takes a year or two but, I don't think I could stomach living here till' 35.

Can I just get some honest opinions from people? I'm from MA if it helps.
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#2 Posted : Monday, September 20, 2021 6:37:16 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MemeMaster Go to Quoted Post
Howdy everyone,

Just became a new RCA at a small town post office, I've yet to go in for training or anything but, after reading through the forum I've got a pit of dread set into my stomach.

My parents, uncle, and everyone who told me to apply and go through with everything never mentioned it can take a decade to become career, hell I don't even know the age of the people at the place I'm applying to. All the people I talked to when I got my fingerprints taken were saying they need RCA's now more than ever but, it seems from what I've been reading there's still too many oldtimers who haven't retired across the country still.

Am I doomed before I even start? I'm just a 25M who's trying to get out of his parents house. I'm fine if it takes a year or two but, I don't think I could stomach living here till' 35.

Can I just get some honest opinions from people? I'm from MA if it helps.


Honestly, it depends on the office. If everyone is 35 years old, and your neighbor offices are the same, you are behind the eightballs.

If everyone is 65, you are set.


Can you visit the office to get a first hand look?

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#3 Posted : Monday, September 20, 2021 6:48:47 PM(UTC)
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After you start, get some recommendations for good rain gear and headlamp and get through Christmas then reevaluate. I hated carrying mail, some love it. Good luck.
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#4 Posted : Monday, September 20, 2021 7:49:28 PM(UTC)
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After you start, get some recommendations for good rain gear and headlamp and get through Christmas then reevaluate. I hated carrying mail, some love it. Good luck.


To be fair, the OP is considering a Rural job. Not a City job. Apples to oranges.
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:31:28 AM(UTC)
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are you going to be using your own vehicle to deliver or are they providing a vehicle...that is the first thing you need to find out, as the majority of people dont have a vehicle that would be suited to deliver on a rural route...

RCA does typically have the longest wait to get a career route, but i do know someone who made regular around the age of 25 on the rural side, but i also know people who have been RCAs for like 15 years...the issue is many need to turn over, so if you are in a small office, you may actually turn quickly if someone retires...in a larger office, you are going to likely be behind quite a few people, as each route is supposed to have their own sub, but ive not seen that happen in any of the offices ive worked in, as no one can keep non-careers

as a 'new' RCA you are likely going to be working EVERY Sunday if they do Amazon in your area, and depending on the size of your office, this could be the only day you are working, or you could be doing 6 days a week schlepping packages, especially during xmas season
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#6 Posted : Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:47:41 AM(UTC)
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Congrats on your new job. You've now gotten your foot in the door. There are many variables that you should consider, including those mentioned in previous posts. There's a good chance you'll be loaned out to other offices, either voluntarily or involuntarily. There's always a chance you could switch crafts, leading to career status much sooner.
To be completely honest with you, being a postal employee isn't what it used to be. If you have any other comparable options, I'd choose something else.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, September 21, 2021 3:06:28 PM(UTC)
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Join the Navy and get out of your parents place.

See the world.
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#8 Posted : Tuesday, September 21, 2021 7:06:36 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Super Carrier Go to Quoted Post
Congrats on your new job. You've now gotten your foot in the door. There are many variables that you should consider, including those mentioned in previous posts. There's a good chance you'll be loaned out to other offices, either voluntarily or involuntarily. There's always a chance you could switch crafts, leading to career status much sooner.
To be completely honest with you, being a postal employee isn't what it used to be. If you have any other comparable options, I'd choose something else.


RCA's are not career and therefore cannot change crafts. They apply for other jobs the same as everybody else off the street. OP might gain some advantage in knowing jobs will be posted to the street, but that's unlikely. RCA's tend to work in small offices and won't have the network that a non-career employee at a PDC or a city carrier station would have. I would suggest he quit the RCA job and never accept it. But if as earlier mentioned, all the rurals in his office and surrounding offices are old farts, then it might be worth the wait. I'd sooner suggest the military, education and go find another federal agency or reputable private company to work for, anywhere but the USPS.
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#9 Posted : Wednesday, September 22, 2021 10:28:49 AM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: MPE2009 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Super Carrier Go to Quoted Post
Congrats on your new job. You've now gotten your foot in the door. There are many variables that you should consider, including those mentioned in previous posts. There's a good chance you'll be loaned out to other offices, either voluntarily or involuntarily. There's always a chance you could switch crafts, leading to career status much sooner.
To be completely honest with you, being a postal employee isn't what it used to be. If you have any other comparable options, I'd choose something else.


RCA's are not career and therefore cannot change crafts. They apply for other jobs the same as everybody else off the street. OP might gain some advantage in knowing jobs will be posted to the street, but that's unlikely. RCA's tend to work in small offices and won't have the network that a non-career employee at a PDC or a city carrier station would have. I would suggest he quit the RCA job and never accept it. But if as earlier mentioned, all the rurals in his office and surrounding offices are old farts, then it might be worth the wait. I'd sooner suggest the military, education and go find another federal agency or reputable private company to work for, anywhere but the USPS.


I agree! I have tried to look for excuses for this place for YEARS, but with some of the things that I have witnessed here, I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone except someone I really hated.
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#10 Posted : Wednesday, September 22, 2021 1:21:51 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MPE2009 Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: Super Carrier Go to Quoted Post
Congrats on your new job. You've now gotten your foot in the door. There are many variables that you should consider, including those mentioned in previous posts. There's a good chance you'll be loaned out to other offices, either voluntarily or involuntarily. There's always a chance you could switch crafts, leading to career status much sooner.
To be completely honest with you, being a postal employee isn't what it used to be. If you have any other comparable options, I'd choose something else.


RCA's are not career and therefore cannot change crafts. They apply for other jobs the same as everybody else off the street. OP might gain some advantage in knowing jobs will be posted to the street, but that's unlikely. RCA's tend to work in small offices and won't have the network that a non-career employee at a PDC or a city carrier station would have. I would suggest he quit the RCA job and never accept it. But if as earlier mentioned, all the rurals in his office and surrounding offices are old farts, then it might be worth the wait. I'd sooner suggest the military, education and go find another federal agency or reputable private company to work for, anywhere but the USPS.


So much this! There’s no benefit to working for the postal service anymore.
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#11 Posted : Wednesday, September 22, 2021 2:38:46 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: MemeMaster Go to Quoted Post
Howdy everyone,

Just became a new RCA at a small town post office, I've yet to go in for training or anything but, after reading through the forum I've got a pit of dread set into my stomach.

My parents, uncle, and everyone who told me to apply and go through with everything never mentioned it can take a decade to become career, hell I don't even know the age of the people at the place I'm applying to. All the people I talked to when I got my fingerprints taken were saying they need RCA's now more than ever but, it seems from what I've been reading there's still too many oldtimers who haven't retired across the country still.

Am I doomed before I even start? I'm just a 25M who's trying to get out of his parents house. I'm fine if it takes a year or two but, I don't think I could stomach living here till' 35.

Can I just get some honest opinions from people? I'm from MA if it helps.


You should be able to get more info at ruralmailtalk.com That forum is all rural carriers. I can tell you that many or most of the carriers there will tell you the same thing about working for the USPS. It's not what it used to be.
From what I've read the Northeast has an unusually high amount of RCA vacancies. Many believe that the higher cost of living there has made many other jobs pay rates competitive with the USPS. I don't know how true that is. What I can say is that with the shortage of RCA's you'll probably end up working far more than you want to, at least until they get more RCA's hired. Best of luck to you.
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