Born Ready.

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I have always longed to serve my country while pursuing my own professional endeavors; becoming an SRDC officer allowed me to do precisely that.  Being a reserve officer means manageable duty, leadership responsibilities, specialized training, and unique experiences that are invaluable and applicable beyond the Coast Guard.  In short, much has been invested in me; which has afforded recurrent opportunities to invest in and enhance my service and civilian career.

 

My name is Petty Officer Garcia and I work in the U.S. Coast Guard's online recruiting chat center, and am here to answer your questions, as well as Facebook inquiries. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Coast Guard programs and their requirements. See you there! 

At Spelman College, I never imagined I'd go on to become the first African American female helicopter pilot in Coast Guard history, CSPI made it possible.  It's a program that fosters leadership, pays for two years of tuition and books, and provides MSI students with a competitive salary even before graduation.  Today I have one of the most coveted positions in the Coast Guard, and I got here because of CSPI.

Meet Ensign Alejandro Cardenas, an officer serving on the Maritime Safety and Security Team. His job covers everything from force protection to counter-terrorism, and it's just one of the many positions currently available in the U.S. Coast Guard. With hands-on training, competitive pay, and excellent benefits, there's never been a better time to join our ranks.

THE U.S. COAST GUARD

The Coast Guard is one of our nation's five military services. We exist to defend and preserve the United States. We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation–from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made. We protect these interests in U.S. ports, inland waterways, along the coasts, and on international waters.

SERVING IN THE U.S. COAST GUARD

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Honor

We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal and organizational actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust. Integrity is our standard.

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Respect

We treat each other and those we serve with fairness, dignity, respect and compassion. We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We value our diverse workforce. We work as a team.

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Devotion to Duty

We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. We exist to serve. We serve with pride.

Friends and Family

Right now, you're probably filled with all kinds of emotions. Pride. Concern. Delight. Anxiety. And that's understandable. After all, your loved one is considering joining the Coast Guard. And while we can't ease all your worries and concerns, we can let you know what we're all about, what your loved one will experience in the Coast Guard, and what the answers are to some of your questions.

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