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WE ARE THE U.S. COAST GUARD.

America’s Oldest Maritime Defenders

Established in 1790, the United States Coast Guard is one of our nation’s oldest and most respected federal agencies. In times of peace, the Coast Guard operates as part of the Department of Homeland Security, enforcing the nation's laws at sea, protecting the marine environment, guarding the our country’s vast coastline and ports, and performing vital life saving missions. In times of conflict, or at the direction of the President, the Coast Guard serves as part of the Navy Department, defending the nation against terrorism and foreign threats.

Who We Are and What We Do

Comprised of nearly 42,000 extraordinary men and women, the Coast Guard is a unique branch of the military responsible for saving lives, protecting the environment, and defending America’s coastlines and waterways. All of this is done through our 11 official missions:

  • Search & Rescue
  • Marine Environmental Protection
  • Drug Interdiction
  • Aids to Navigation
  • Living Marine Resources
  • Defense Readiness
  • Port & Waterway Security
  • Migrant Interdiction
  • Marine Safety
  • Ice Operations
  • Law Enforcement

Career Opportunities in the Coast Guard

From intelligence specialists to executive chefs, Coast Guard is home to a diverse scope of career specialties that match a wide range of interests and skillsets. Click here for a full list and detailed explanation of all Coast Guard ratings (careers), including information on relatable civilian careers.

Competitive Pay and Benefits

All active-duty enlisted members entering the Coast Guard get to enjoy benefits that are unheard of to most people just starting their careers. In addition to your competitive salary, you’ll be entitled to free health, vision, and dental insurance; 30 days of paid vacation; life insurance; education and tuition assistance; housing and meals; and opportunities to travel.

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