Whether your students are preparing for college or plan to start a career now, the Coast Guard can be a pivotal step in their personal and professional development.
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The Coast Guard puts a great emphasis on education and will provide your students with the resources to pay for college and school-related expenses.
Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Coast Guard can help your students pay tuition and fees, as well as housing expenses, textbooks, and school supplies. The funding they receive can be applied to colleges, universities, trade schools, on-the-job training, and flight school, and the cost of the SAT or ACT exam.
Eligible students can also take advantage of Tuition Assistance. Using this program, they can receive financial aid for their college degree or vocational skills and training, as well as other qualified and accredited certificate programs.
When your students join the Coast Guard, they will be working alongside other extraordinary young men and women in a unique branch of the military responsible for saving lives, protecting the environment, and safeguarding America’s coastlines and waterways.
All of this is done through our 11 official missions, which include maritime safety, security and environmental protection, as well as transportation management and law enforcement. You can learn more about the full range of missions here.
Your students could be a part of a tightly-knit organization that prioritizes the well-being of its members through a central commitment to personal as well as professional growth.
The Coast Guard will help your students uncover their personal strengths, and then provide them with the advanced training needed to utilize them—all while maintaining a positive work-life balance.
In addition to money for college and career growth, the Coast Guard provides all members with other benefits including:
- A monthly salary
- Complete medical, dental, and vision care
- 30 days of paid vacation
- Tax-free allowances for housing, meals, and uniforms
- Opportunities to travel
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a typical day like in the Coast Guard?
It really depends on the type of unit. Life at a small boat station is much different than life on a ship. Most boot camp graduates will receive orders either to a ship or a small boat station. At this point, they will start to perform the duties of a crewman at their unit. They must learn everything about their ship or small boat station. They may be assisting with law enforcement, working aids to navigation, conducting search and rescue, or responding to a natural disaster. Regardless of the unit, Coast Guard men and women live to uphold the motto Semper Paratus... always ready.
- What are the enlistment options for my students?
Your students can join on a full time (active duty) or part time (reserve) basis. Depending upon their citizenship, education level, or prior-military service, they may enter at either the enlisted or officer level. Potential enlisted members must have a high school degree or equivalent. Officer candidates must have or be working toward a college degree. Active-duty enlistees and officer candidates can select from among a variety of job specialties. Many officer programs are available targeting college sophomores and juniors, college graduates, those with professional degrees and aviation training, and current Coast Guard enlisted personnel with college degrees.
- What kind of training will my students receive?
Basic training is tough. It's eight weeks of physical and mental challenges. We want to shape an individual into a fully prepared Coast Guardsman, who can take charge and react in the most harrowing situations. Upon graduation, he or she will be a stronger mentally and physically. After boot camp they will receive additional training depending upon their job specialty and enlistment status as either active duty or reserve.
- How can my students prepare for basic training?
Their recruiter will provide instructions regarding both physical and mental preparation for basic training. They will also receive a copy of the Helmsman, a recruit guidebook, which details items that they can and cannot bring to basic training. It covers physical fitness preparation as well. The recruiter will help guide your students through the process.
- What happens during a deployment?
Deployment generally refers to an extended assignment away from your home base. Larger Coast Guard cutters may have extended deployments of up to three months or longer during which they patrol and visit other ports. However, mid-size and smaller cutters as well as air assets generally function in and around the home base where your student is assigned and generally deploy for a few days to a few weeks at a time.