Active-Duty Enlisted FAQ

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  • Coast Guard men and women serve in various locations throughout the world in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Most jobs are located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico from Maine to Florida; Texas to Minnesota; and California to Hawaii. We'll review the aptitudes that you demonstrate on your ASVAB test and any prior experience you have in your requested fields. 

  • Yes. You can receive advanced training at Class 'A' schools. After you've applied that training on the job, some specialties offer additional advanced training as well.

  • If you are already assigned to a job specialty, you can attend any Class 'A' school you want if you qualify. Changes in career paths can be discussed with your supervising officer as well as with your personnel detailer.

  • All incoming Coast Guardsmen earn a competitive salary based on rank and additional benefits that are hard for young people to come by in the civilian world like free medical, dental and eye care, and for active- duty members, possible housing, meal and uniform allowances.

  • 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 son or daughter is assigned and generally deploy for a few days to a few weeks at a time.

  • While Maritime Law Enforcement is primarliy the responsibility of members assigned to the maritime enforcement (ME) rate, almost all members, in every specialty are able to train in and be involved with law enforcement.  So if you are more interested in pursuing training in any of the other career fields such as electronics, culinary arts, logistics or naval engineering, you may still be trained in law enforecement tactics and apply them while serving.  Any member of the Coast Guard over the pay grade of E-4 is, by federal law, eligible to be trained as a law enforcement officer. 

  • The Coast Guard is proud to have fully integrated women in our operations at all echelons since 1978. The Coast Guard recognizes that our mission readiness is directly tied to the health and well-being of our service members and that childbirth can be a challenge for women in the service. Accordingly, the Commandant has directed eligible members be authorized up to 12 weeks of maternity leave following the birth of a child.  

Here you will find Frequently Asked Questions of those interested in Coast Guard Active-Duty Enlisted Opportunities.