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RESERVE ENLISTED FAQ

  • Port Security Units (PSUs) are expeditionary forces primarily responsible for providing the Department of Defense layered defensive protection utilizing both waterside and landside security forces. The PSUs can also provide limited domestic support to Captains of the Port in executing port security operations.

  • Port Security Units are organized, trained, and equipped to provide physical security, maritime interdiction capability, and point defense of strategic shipping, designated critical infrastructure, and high value assets.

  • Port Security Units consist of boatcrews (BM/MK), landside security personnel (ME), a Command and Control element (OS), and support personnel (MK/DC/EM/HS/YN/SK).

  • There are eight Port Security Units located around the United States in Cape Cod, MA; Fort Eustis, VA; Port Clinton, OH; Kiln, MS; Clearwater, FL; San Pedro, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Everett, WA.

  • Port Security Units are expeditionary units and are routinely deployed overseas in support of the Department of Defense.

  • 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.  

  • Port Security Units are expeditionary units and are routinely deployed overseas in support of the Department of Defense.

  • No. Some Coast Guard units, especially for aviation, only have billets for active-duty personnel. Reserve opportunities are available in many locations but are job and geographic specific. In general, the candidate must live within 100 miles of the unit with the opening.

  • No, first schedule an appointment with a recruiter. Find the recruiting office nearest your location and send the Recruiter in Charge (RIC) an email. Our recruiters are very busy and it may take up to 72 hours to contact you. If you don't hear back within 72 hours, it is recommended that you click here to speak with a chat representative. Because of the personal/sensitive nature of the information you've submitted, only limited individuals have access to it. You do not need to reapply but simply go into the general chat forum to discuss your issue or concern.

  • 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.
  • Port Security Units are organized, trained, and equipped to provide physical security, maritime interdiction capability, and point defense of strategic shipping, designated critical infrastructure, and high value assets.

  • By law, as a member of the Coast Guard Reserve, you must, upon request, be granted a leave of absence to satisfy a requirement for military training. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act says that employers are required to provide reservists with time away from their jobs to perform military duty. However, you must notify your employer that you intend to take military leave. You must be re-employed after completion of your military duty and returned to your job within a reasonable time. You must be treated as though you had never left employment, including scheduled pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or vacation. Your employer has to hold a job for up to 60 months if you accept voluntary orders.

  • Drills are periods are Inactive-Duty Training (IDT), under orders, scheduled for the performance of augmentation training, formal training, or unit training. No more than two drills can be performed on one calendar day, and each drill must be at least four hours long. Most units schedule multiple drills over one weekend each month (two drills Saturday and two drills Sunday).

  • Port Security Units (PSUs) are expeditionary forces primarily responsible for providing the Department of Defense layered defensive protection utilizing both waterside and landside security forces. The PSUs can also provide limited domestic support to Captains of the Port in executing port security operations.

  • Reserve enlisted personnel who go to boot camp in Phase I of their Initial Active-Duty for Training (IADT) are classified in one of these categories. Phase II of the training differs:

    RK: Someone who returns home after boot camp and returns to a civilian school. During the first summer following boot camp, you will usually attend a Class 'A' school. Between boot camp and A-school training, you'll drill two days per month at a Coast Guard unit near your home.
    RP: reports directly to an A school after boot camp, and following school, begins monthly drills.

  • Active-duty service is a full-time commitment for the period of the enlistment while reserve service is a part-time commitment, 2 days a month and 2 weeks a year. Please note that reservists are subject to active-duty activation in times of national need.

  • Port Security Units consist of boatcrews (BM/MK), landside security personnel (ME), a Command and Control element (OS), and support personnel (MK/DC/EM/HS/YN/SK).

  • Your information will be forwarded to your local recruiting office. You will also receive an email verifying that your information has been forwarded. However, our recruiters are very busy and it may take up to 72 hours to contact you. If you don't hear back within 72 hours, it is recommended that you click here to speak with a chat representative. Because of the personal/sensitive nature of the information you've submitted, only limited individuals have access to it. You do not need to reapply but simply go into the general chat forum to discuss your issue or concern.

  • There are eight Port Security Units located around the United States in Cape Cod, MA; Fort Eustis, VA; Port Clinton, OH; Kiln, MS; Clearwater, FL; San Pedro, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Everett, WA.