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Active-Duty Enlisted FAQ

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • The transition is virtually seamless, as the majority of your training and experience should directly relate to your next job or career. Transition assistance, from resume writing and interviewing workshops to aptitude testing, is available to Coast Guard members prior to departing, if they desire it.

  • 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.

  • No, first schedule an appointment with a recruiter. Find the recruiting office nearest your location and send the Recruiter in Charge (RIC) an email. Our recruiters are very busy and it may take up to 72 hours to contact you. If you don't hear back within 72 hours, it is recommended that you click here to speak with a chat representative. Because of the personal/sensitive nature of the information you've submitted, only limited individuals have access to it. You do not need to reapply but simply go into the general chat forum to discuss your issue or concern.

  • Following are the basic requirements for becoming a member of the Coast Guard:

    • You must be a U.S. citizen or a Resident Alien.
    • Be between the ages of 17-31 (up to age 32 if qualified for attending guaranteed 'A' school) for Active Duty.(If you are 17, you'll need parental consent.)
    • Reservists must be between 17-40. Prior-service personnel should contact their local recruiter for specific programs.
    • Have a high school diploma. GEDs are accepted in special circumstances.
    • Have no more than three dependents.
    • Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
    • Pass a military entrance medical exam.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Port Security Units (PSUs) are expeditionary forces primarily responsible for providing the Department of Defense layered defensive protection utilizing both waterside and landside security forces. The PSUs can also provide limited domestic support to Captains of the Port in executing port security operations.

  • Active-duty service is a full-time commitment for the period of the enlistment while reserve service is a part-time commitment, 2 days a month and 2 weeks a year. Please note that reservists are subject to active-duty activation in times of national need.

  • 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.

  • Your information will be forwarded to your local recruiting office. You will also receive an email verifying that your information has been forwarded. However, our recruiters are very busy and it may take up to 72 hours to contact you. If you don't hear back within 72 hours, it is recommended that you click here to speak with a chat representative. Because of the personal/sensitive nature of the information you've submitted, only limited individuals have access to it. You do not need to reapply but simply go into the general chat forum to discuss your issue or concern.