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Two Coast Guardsmen patrolling out on the open water.

Basic Training

"You've got 10 seconds to get off this bus, and you just wasted three!"

As with any military service, before you can do anything or go anywhere, you are going to have to go through basic training. After this "experience," you'll graduate with the basic skills you'll need to serve as a Coast Guardsman.

Find out what basic training is like from a recruit's perspective.

Or, click on Training Center Cape May to learn more about the basic training experience.

As a reservist, you'll serve part-time in the Coast Guard. You'll also have to go through basic training. However, those with prior service take a condensed 11-day training course.

RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING

Every Reserve officer candidate in the Coast Guard must go through initial training, which is essentially basic training for officers. This is a tough and intensive three-week program, designed to prepare you to make split-second decisions and take charge in any situation.

OFFICER BASIC TRAINING

Every officer candidate in the Coast Guard must go though initial training, which is essentially basic training for officers. This is an intensive, 17-week program which takes place in New London, Conn., and is designed to prepare you as a leader to make split-second decisions and take charge in any situation.


Opportunity to Serve

Joining the Coast Guard is a wonderful opportunity for your loved one to serve our country.

Our Coast Guard men and women are asked to save lives and protect America's coastline and waterways. As part of a Coast Guard crew, they will grow and mature in ways you never thought possible.

He or she will learn new skills. Coast Guardsmen may be trained in any of our 20 ratings (jobs). Your loved one could end up serving as an operations specialist patrolling off the California coast. Maybe he or she may be an electronics technician responsible for the installation and repair of a weapons system on a massive cutter.

Perhaps save a fisherman in rough seas. Or possibly provide healthcare services during a disaster.

But, no matter which field your loved one trains in, he or she will be READY for anything. Men and women serving in the Coast Guard are trained to be at their best 24/7. They know that lives depend on them doing their jobs right. No excuses.

That's the opportunity waiting for your loved one in the Coast Guard.