What are the qualifications to join the Coast Guard?

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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.