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.


"I joined the Coast Guard because I wanted to serve my country, and the Coast Guard ethos of lifesaving was very appealing to me." Across the country, the Coast Guard is performing operations ranging from law enforcement to search and rescue, and we're looking for talented individuals to carry out these missions. With hands-on training, competitive pay, and excellent benefits, there's never been a better time to join our ranks.

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 because I decided to apply to CSPI.

Do you have any questions about Coast Guard programs and their requirements? Contact me, your recruiter, and I'll be happy to answer them for you.


The Coast Guard is one of our nation’s five military services. Our motto—honor, respect, and devotion to duty—is the compass that guides our mission to defend and preserve the United States of America.  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.


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There is no one set career trajectory in the Coast Guard. That’s because we offer a host of diverse and challenging opportunities that span a broad scope of interests, backgrounds, and skillsets—ranging from law enforcement officers all the way to executive chefs.

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To serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, applicants must meet a set of basic requirements that include age, residency, and education standards. Learn more about Coast Guard qualifications and requirements here.

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Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package. In addition to their salary, members earn free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing and meals; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. 

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.