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View Coast Guard Reserve Job Descriptions

As a reservist, you might be assigned to any of our 19 ratings (or jobs). Your rating will be determined by our needs and your ability. Plus, reservists have one unique rating -- Investigator (provide support to Coast Guard law enforcement and intelligence missions).

Boatswain's Mate

Are you looking for a real hands-on seagoing experience? Boatswain's mate may be the experience for which you're looking.

Culinary Specialist

Learn about the various aspects of the restaurant or catering industry while serving your country.

Damage Controlman

DCs are the Coast Guard's maintenance and emergency repair specialists.

Electrician's Mate

Electricity is the lifeline of any system, and EMs are the ones the Coast Guard counts on most to keep it all connected and running.

Electronics Technician

ETs are in charge of maintaining virtually all of the Coast Guard's electronics systems from navigation systems to command, control and communication (C3) systems.

Gunner's Mate

For those interested in the technical inner-workings of small arms, weapon systems, and pyrotechnics, becoming a gunner's mate can provide the opportunity to learn all there is to know.

Health Services Technician

Do you want to learn hands-on medical skills? Do you want to save lives? These technicians care for individuals in distress or life-threatening situations.

Information System Technician

ITs are the managers of all information that circulates throughout the Coast Guard.

Intelligence Specialist

With the Coast Guard taking an increasingly larger role in homeland security, we've established a new and vitally important rating, intelligence specialist (IS). As an IS, you will be one of the first defenders of our ports and waterways.


This rating is the perfect blend of part-time service in the Coast Guard mixed with the excitement of criminal investigation work.

Machinery Technician

MKs maintain engineering systems at virtually every Coast Guard unit and actively participate in operational missions. Technical training and experience obtained are comparable with occupations in commercial engineering and law enforcement fields.

Marine Science Technician

Do you want to get out there and help save and protect the environment?

Maritime Enforcement Specialist

Protecting America's ports, waterways, and interests at home and abroad. Maritime Enforcement Specialists are trained in Maritime Law Enforcement, Anti-terrorism, Force Protection, and Physical Security.

Operations Specialist

Are you interested in the field of military tactical command, control and communications? The operations specialist rating is a great way to pave that road.

Public Affairs Specialist

If you have an interest in photography, writing and crisis communications, you could be the main link between the Coast Guard and the public.


Good with numbers? Managing money? Apply your skills to help serve the Coast Guard.


As with any large organization, good human resources management is vital to the Coast Guard.