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As a member of the Coast Guard, do I get paid time off for maternity leave?

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.

Can I be deployed overseas while serving at a Port Security Unit?

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

What are the qualifications to join the Coast Guard?

Following are the basic requirements for becoming a member of the Coast Guard:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or a Resident Alien.
  • You must be 17-40 years old. Prior-service personnel can exceed this and should contact a recruiter for their specific case.
  • 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.

What are the responsibilities of a PSU?

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.

What is a drill?

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).

What is a Port Security Unit (PSU)?

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. To learn more, watch this short video.

What is the difference between active duty and reserve service?

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.

What jobs are available at Port Security Units?

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).

What will happen when I fill out the APPLY NOW page?

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.

Where are Port Security Units located?

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.