Reserve Enlisted FAQ

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  • 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).

  • 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.

  • By law, as a member of the 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 schedule pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or vacation. Your employer only has to hold a job open for 60 months if you accept voluntary orders.

  • 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.

  • 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.