Programs

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The Coast Guard Reserve offers many programs to fit your needs:

Split Training Program - Ideal for high school and college students, teachers, and professionals with seasonal employment, and are between the ages of 17 and 31. The program allows you to attend eight weeks of basic training, return home, report to your unit, and then attend your specialized training at a later date.

Consecutive Training Program - Ideal for applicants with less than 60 semester hours of college, no prior service or skills that relate to a Coast Guard job field, and are between the ages of 17 and 31. You can attend the eight weeks of basic training and then attend your specialized training consecutively.

Direct Entry Petty Officer Program - Ideal for applicants with professional or prior service skills that relate to a Coast Guard job field, and are between the ages of 27 and 40. You may be able to enlist with a higher rank (E4), with more pay, increased benefits and greater responsibility. You will attend three weeks of condensed basic training at Cape May, NJ, then report directly to your duty station without additional training.

Direct Entry Education Program - Ideal for applicants with 60 or more semester hours of colleges and are between the ages of 27 and 40. You may be able to enlist with a higher rank (E3), with more pay, increased benefits and greater responsibility. You will attend three weeks of training at Cape May, NJ, followed by specialized training, and then report to your duty station. Please note: in some situations, you could be sent to your duty station after completion of the condensed three week basic training, then to your specialized training.

Prior-Military Service Program - Ideal for prior service active duty and reserve applicants who are looking to build on previous experience and to continue earning points towards their military retirement. You will be able to enlist with a higher rank (E4), with more pay, increased benefits and greater responsibility. Depending upon your prior-military occupation you may qualify for some programs up to the age of 40. You will attend three weeks of training at Cape May, NJ, followed by specialized training, and then report to your duty station. Please note: in some situations, you could be sent to your duty station after completion of the condensed three week basic training, then to your specialized training.