Do you think you have what it takes to save lives, bust drug traffickers or track and catch polluters? Then you're ready for a job in the Coast Guard. Not only will you receive the best training in your field, but you'll then go right to work, relying on what you've learned. You see, because we're a relatively small military service, our men and women put their training to work every day. And every job in the Coast Guard can lead to increased responsibility and pay.
With 19 jobs, you're sure to find your fit
Read a detailed explanation of all the ratings available to you in the Coast Guard, including guides to the kinds of jobs your training can lead to in the civilian world.
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 eight week experience, you'll graduate with the basic skills you'll need to serve as a Coast Guardsman.
While most Coasties serve in the United States, we go wherever we're needed
We serve just about anywhere in the world where we are needed including the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. However, most Coast Guard jobs are located here in the United States and Puerto Rico. Find out where Coast Guard units are located.
We value your prior commitment and service to our country
The Coast Guard invites men and women who have served in other U.S. military services to join our ranks. You may even qualify to keep your rank and stay within your field of expertise. Or you may choose to explore new career opportunities.