Active-Duty Officer FAQ

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  • Officers can specialize in

    • Aviation
    • Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4)
    • Engineering Logistics
    • Civil Engineering
    • Naval Engineering
    • Financial Resource Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Health Services
    • Legal
    • Marine Safety
    • Operations (Afloat, Ashore, Intelligence, Law Enforcement)
    • Reserve Program Management
  • Every member of the Coast Guard, officer and enlisted alike, request assignments on something similar to an electronic resume. The request may contain several choices; final determination of assignment is made by an assignment officer, who must balance the workforce nationwide. Not every location is always available.

  • If you have a four-year college degree from an accredited college and meet the age, physical and moral requirements, you may apply for OCS. Upon completion of your officer package, you will have an interview with three Coast Guard officers. The completed package will be submitted to a board, who will select the top candidates from the packages they receive. For more information, please visit the OCS Home Page or visit your local recruiter.

  • The Coast Guard does not offer a ROTC program.

  • 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.

  • 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.