Coast Guard Officer Programs

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We have numerous officer programs available including the college student pre-commissioning initiative (CSPI), officer candidate school (OCS), direct commission officer programs (DCO), selected reserve direct commission program (SRDC), and the Coast Guard Academy (CGA).

Coast Guard Academy

We offer you a fulfilling life experience that emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. After graduation, you'll go directly to positions of leadership.

College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (Scholarship Program)

CSPI provides college sophomores and juniors with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training, while fully funding up to two years of college. Following college graduation, CSPI students receive a guaranteed position at officer candidate school training.

Officer Candidate School (OCS)

OCS is a rigorous course of instruction that prepares candidates to serve effectively as officers in the Coast Guard. OCS also provides a wide range of highly technical information necessary for performing the duties of a Coast Guard officer.

Maritime Academy Graduate (MARGRAD)

Maritime Academy Graduates have education and training that enhances the Coast Guard's ability to carry out its operational missions. Individuals selected will serve as a Coast Guard Reserve officer on full-time active-duty.

Wilks Flight Initiative (WIFI)

Students who are already enrolled in the CSPI program are eligible to apply for a guaranteed flight training assignment. Those who are selected pursue rigorous training to become a Coast Guard pilot following graduation from college and officer candidate school.

Direct Commission Programs

The Direct Commission Officer programs represent one of the primary ways that the United States Coast Guard meets critical specialty needs. These programs are designed for highly motivated individuals with specialized education and experience ranging from engineering, law, and aviation, among other areas.

Health Profession Programs

Clinical and Rehabilitation Therapist

As a U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard, specializing in physical therapy, you will treat patients at the Coast Guard accession sites (Training Center Cape May and Coast Guard Academy).

Dental Officer

Get the dental career you want. As a dental officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard, you can focus on clinical practice without the overhead and other burdens of maintaining a business.

Environmental Health

Environmental health officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard ensure public health and safety in a variety of domestic roles. For environmental health officers, work areas are diverse and numerous.

Health Services

Health services officers in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard represent many disciplines, including the biological, physical, environmental, and social sciences, medical technology, health care administration; and other public health specialties such as physician assistant.

Pharmacist

When you are a pharmacy officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard your career will take you into a world of expanded scopes and diverse roles.

Physician

Being a medical officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) commissioned corps detailed to the Coast Guard isn't just a job-it's a calling. As a USPHS physician detailed to the Coast Guard, you will be on the front lines of public health.