Active-Duty Enlisted FAQ

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  • Coast Guard men and women serve in various locations throughout the world in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Most jobs are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico from Maine to Florida; Texas to Minnesota; and California to Hawaii. We'll review the aptitudes that you demonstrate on your ASVAB test and any prior experience you have in your requested fields. 

  • Yes. You can receive advanced training at Class 'A' schools. After you've applied that training on the job, some specialties offer additional advanced training as well.

  • If you are already assigned to a job specialty, you can attend any Class 'A' school you want if you qualify. Changes in career paths can be discussed with your supervising officer as well as with your personnel detailer.

  • All incoming Coast Guardsmen earn a competitive salary based on rank and additional benefits that are hard for young people to come by in the civilian world like free medical, dental and eye care, and for active duty members, possible housing, meal and uniform allowances.

  • Deployment generally refers to an extended assignment away from your home base. Larger Coast Guard cutters may have extended deployments of up to three months or longer during which they patrol and visit other ports. However mid-size and smaller cutters as well as air assets generally function in and around the home base where your son or daughter is assigned and generally deploy for a few days to a few weeks at a time.