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).

Programs

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Direct Commission Programs

Direct Commission Aviator (DCA)

Coast Guard aviators are involved in almost every mission including drug interdiction, immigration, search and rescue, marine environmental protection, marine safety, fisheries and law enforcement in the maritime environment.

Direct Commission Engineer (DCE)

The direct commission engineer (DCE) program provides engineers and technologists with leadership opportunities in program management, implementing systems that enable and support Coast Guard missions. Experienced C4IT engineers are needed to advance our systems infrastructure in a rapidly modernizing organization.

Direct Commission Intelligence Officer (DCIO)

Since 2001, when the Coast Guard became a member of Homeland Security and the U.S. Intelligence Community, the modern Coast Guard Intelligence Program has cultivated extensive partnerships with other elements of the national intelligence community to provide timely, tailored support for a wide range of Coast Guard and national missions.

Direct Commission Lawyer (DCL)

Are you a licensed attorney? A third-year law student? If you are, you may want to be part of the Coast Guard team as a Coast Guard judge advocate through the Coast Guard direct commission lawyer program.

Direct Commission Selected School (DCSS) Program

College graduates and college seniors who have proven their character and leadership through a reserve officer training corps (ROTC) program, corps of cadets membership, or attendance at one of the federal military academies may apply to receive a direct commission as a leader in the Coast Guard.

Prior Trained Military Officer (PTMO)

Current or former military officers with training or degrees in critically needed areas have the opportunity to apply for a direct commission in the Coast Guard.