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Enlisted Reserve Careers


Provide operationally capable and ready personnel assets to support Coast Guard surge and mobilization requirements in the Homeland and abroad.


The Coast Guard’s only dedicated surge force - the Reserve, is a contingency-based workforce which is trained locally and deployed globally, providing ready and responsive personnel to meet mission requirements within the prioritized focus areas of Defense Operations, Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security, Incident Response and Management, & Mission Support.

As a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, you will be working side by side with full-time Coast Guardsmen. No matter what mission, you'll typically serve two days a month and two weeks a year at a base near your home. Receive training in such diverse fields as computer processing, mechanics or communications. Want to operate boats and save lives? Qualify as a boat coxswain and lead real lifesaving missions.

See what's happening with our reserve men and women in today's Coast Guard Reserve by clicking on You will find this information useful when considering serving in the Coast Guard Reserve.