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Plan Your Next Move to Become a Coast Guard Member

Where You Can Serve?

There are approximately 46,000 active-duty Coast Guard men and women currently serving. If you choose to join their ranks, you may find yourself hanging from a helicopter to save a boater in the Atlantic, running down drug runners off the Florida Coast, or stopping polluters from ruining our inland lakes and waterways.

As a Coast Guardsmen, you could be flying in a helicopter over a hurricane disaster area or sailing on a cutter guarding New York Harbor. You could be cruising in a high-power Defender Class boat in the Pacific or breaking through an ice-ladened port in Alaska.

If you become part of a Coast Guard crew, know that you will serve where your Coast Guard skills are most needed.

If you choose to become a reservist, you will usually serve close to home, however, you may get deployed when necessary. In general, reservists live within 100 miles of their Coast Guard Reserve unit.


If you are READY to join a dedicated group of men and women who serve our nation by protecting its waterways and coastlines, then the Coast Guard wants to hear from you.

You should be physically fit and will undergo a physical exam. You will have to meet a set of mental and character standards. You also must be between 17-41 (If you are 17, you'll need parental consent.) though some reserve and officer programs allow you to be older.

As a Coast Guardsmen, depending on your unit's missions, you could be expected to save lives, make drug busts, safeguard the environment or protect our country from terrorists. In the Coast Guard, we do more than train and wait, we train and perform on a daily basis.

In return, you will earn a competitive salary, have access to a host of benefits, receive some of the best, most sought-after training from seamanship to technology, and have the opportunity for pay raises, promotions and advancement.

But more importantly, you'll be part of one of the most accomplished military services in the world. At the end of every day, you'll have the fulfillment that comes from knowing you have done an important job.

If that is the kind of life you are seeking, and you are READY to make the commitment necessary to be one of us, find a recruiter.