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The Coast Guard has several enlistment incentive programs that may be activated to aid in meeting recruiting goals. The programs that are in effect change frequently, so check with a recruiter to see what’s available now!

Signing Bonuses

Depending on the Coast Guard’s specific recruiting needs, enlisted signing bonuses may be authorized. These could apply to all recruits, be tied to enlistments within certain time periods, or require qualifying skills, certifications, or education. Current cash bonuses include:

  • Up to $75,000 to affiliate with a critical rating.
  • Up to $15,000 for higher education credits.
  • Up to $10,000 to ship expeditiously.
  • Up to $15,000 for Reserve assignments.

Guaranteed Specialty Training

If your ASVAB scores qualify you for a high-demand specialty, there may be opportunities to have that school guaranteed immediately following boot camp. This gives you a head start on your career, compared to peers who will remain unspecialized at their first assignments.

Advanced Paygrade

Another way to get a head start is with an advanced paygrade incentive. For recruits with certain experience (like college credits, JROTC, ROTC, police and sea explorer programs, or scouting achievements), you may be authorized an immediate advancement to E-3 paygrade after boot camp. That’s your first promotion six months early!

Buddy Program

If you’re enlisting in the Coast Guard with a friend, your recruiter may be able to guarantee you both placement in the same company at boot camp.

Guaranteed First Assignment Area

In certain areas of the country, your recruiter may be able to secure you a guarantee that your first assignment will be within the specific Coast Guard District.

Hometown Recruiting

Following boot camp, your recruiter may be able to authorize you the opportunity to return home for up to a few weeks. You’ll assist them with recruiting efforts before continuing on to your first assignment.

What do you qualify for?

To determine what enlistment incentives apply in your case, talk to a recruiter today.