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Coast Guard Officer Programs

We have numerous officer programs available, both active duty and reserve.

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College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (Scholarship Program)

CSPI provides college sophomores and juniors with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training, while fully funding up to two years of college. Following college graduation, CSPI students receive a guaranteed position at officer candidate school training.

Wilks Flight Initiative (WiFI)

Students who are already enrolled in the CSPI program are eligible to apply for a guaranteed flight training assignment. Those who are selected pursue rigorous training to become a Coast Guard pilot following graduation from college and officer candidate school.

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Officer Candidate School (OCS)

The Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) is a rigorous course of instruction that prepares candidates to serve effectively as officers in the Coast Guard. OCS also provides a wide range of highly technical information necessary for performing the duties of a Coast Guard officer.

Coast Guard Academy

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers a fulfilling life experience that emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. If you are interested in applying to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy or are looking for additional information please visit

Maritime Academy Graduate (MARGRAD)

Maritime Academy Graduates have education and training that enhances the Coast Guard's ability to carry out its operational missions. Individuals selected will serve as a Coast Guard Reserve officer on full-time active-duty.

Direct Commission Programs

The Direct Commission Officer programs represent one of the primary ways that the United States Coast Guard meets critical specialty needs. These programs are designed for highly motivated individuals with specialized education and experience ranging from engineering, law, and aviation, among other areas.