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Selected Reserve Direct Commission (SRDC) Program


The goal of the Selected Reserve Direct Commission (SRDC) program is to fill junior officer (i.e., Ensign through Lieutenant) vacancies in the Selected Reserve throughout the United States Coast Guard. This program represents an opportunity for individuals with prior U.S. military service who are leadership oriented to apply their skills, training, and desire to serve through a direct commission in the Coast Guard reserve component.

Initial Assignments:

SRDC selectees are typically assigned to a position that is within a reasonable commuting distance of their home. The specific position may be in any one of the many mission fields performed by the USCG, including, but not limited to, marine safety and prevention, contingency planning, enforcement and incident management, and logistics management. SRDC selectees attend a five-week Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination (ROCI) course in New London, CT, before reporting to their first unit.

Career Paths:

Reserve officers can typically expect to gain further qualifications and training to specialize in the mission field coincident with their first assignment. However, depending on the needs of the service, it is possible to receive subsequent assignments in additional mission fields and specialties.

SRDC Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Age: Must have reached your 21st but not your 41st birthday as of 30 September of the fiscal year in which the selection Panel convenes.
  2. Character Standards:
    • All applicants must be of outstanding moral character.
    • Applicants currently in the Coast Guard: Applicants are ineligible for commissioning if in the 36 months prior to the first panel date in the selection cycle, they have been convicted by a court-martial, been awarded non-judicial punishment (NJP), received an “Unsatisfactory” conduct mark, received a mark of less than “4” in any performance dimension, received a negative Administrative Remarks (CG Form 3307), or been involved in an alcohol-related incident.
  3. Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen
  4. Clearance: Must be eligible for a Secret Clearance
  5. Dependency:
    • If single, may not have sole or primary custody of dependents, unless a valid dependent care plan exists.
    • May not have more than 07 dependents (your spouse is considered your dependent, regardless of military status).
  6. Education:
    • Have a baccalaureate or higher degree:
      • College Seniors: are eligible to apply if all of the below are met:
        • Baccalaureate degree will be conferred prior to commissioning date, which will occur approximately 30 days prior to the first DCO course convening for which the panel is making selections.
        • The applicant provides an official letter from their college registrar certifying their enrollment, degree, major, GPA, and anticipated date of graduation.
      • Foreign Degrees: Applicants who have degrees conferred by a foreign school shall include in their application a course-by-course assessment from an organization such as Education Credential Evaluators, in addition to the inclusion of the translation of their degree (if in a language other than English).
    • If currently serving in the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve without a baccalaureate degree, the following will fulfill this requirement:
      • Be in pay grade E-5 or above, or in pay grade E-4 above the cutoff for advancement to pay grade E-5 on the current advancement eligibility list, or have been certified by their commanding officer for placement on a supplemental advancement list, and
      • Have successfully completed two years (60 semester or 90 quarter hours) at an accredited degree granting college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. CLEP examinations, with the ACE recommended score for exams taken on or prior to 31 May 1986, or a score of at least 421 for examinations taken after 31 May 1986, may be substituted for up to 30 semester hours.
  7. GPA: must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. This only applies to CG members who do not yet have a BA/BS degree.
  8. Financial: Must meet all financial obligations, and not have a debt to income ratio in excess of 80% (ratio of debt to projected income at applicant’s highest accession level i.e. at the O1, O2, or O3 level depending on the applicant’s training and experience).  This calculation should be done using the reserve pay scale (i.e. monthly drill pay for 4 drills) plus the applicant’s monthly civilian income.
    • May not have filed for bankruptcy in the last 10 years
    • Student Loans: applicants shall also disclose to their recruiter any student loan payments that are in deferment, and the anticipated date and amount of repayment of those loans.
  9. Interview: SRDC applicants must receive the recommendation of a Coast Guard interview board, administered by Coast Guard Officers.
  10. Military Service: Not required
    • Max Service: Have less than 10 years of non-Coast Guard active-duty military service, and have less than 14 years of previous service creditable for retirement in another branch of the Armed Forces or its Reserve component as of commissioning date, which is equivalent to the date that the applicant, if selected, will take their oath of enlistment prior to attending ROCI.
    • Commissioned Officers: who have been separated or removed from active-duty from any Service as a result of non-selection for promotion, extension, or integration may not apply for any Coast Guard commissioning program.
    • Conditional Release: Members currently in another military service (or IRR) must furnish an approved DD368 form (conditional release) in their application package.  
      • Release approval (validity) period: The release shall be valid, at a minimum, through the date of the panel for which the applicant is applying. Ideally, the release should be valid through the projected accession date for that panel.
      • Other Military Service IRR: Recruiters shall submit the DD368 (with only Section I complete) to CGRC Accessions branch at
      • Members of Other Military Services (except IRR): The applicant shall submit the DD368 (with Section I complete) through their chain of command to their services’ authorizing official* (which is different for each service).  Once approved, the DD368 and any other approval documents (i.e. Service Memorandum) shall be submitted in the application package.
      • CG Active Duty Enlisted Members: CG-PSC-epm will not grant conditional releases for active-duty enlisted members who will not complete their active duty enlistment contract by the date of the ROCI class convening.
  11. Physical (Medical): Must pass a commissioning physical (including):
    • Normal Color Vision
    • Meet height/weight standards:
      • CG members: Must meet MAW or Body Fat standards as per COMDTINST M1020.8H
    • Must submit a health and physical pre-assessment 30 days prior to reporting to ROCI.
    • Should be able to pass a Physical Fitness Test and be able to pass a Swim Test prior to graduation from ROCI training.
  12. Test Score: Receive a qualifying score in one of the following (test scores are valid indefinitely) or if you are a current or former officer of the Regular or Reserve Armed Forces of the United States, and have served at least one year in a commissioned status, you are not required have a qualifying test score.
    • ASVAB: 109 GT (General Technical score: sum of Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) and Verbal (VE) scores, taken after 1 July 2004)
    • ASVAB: 110 GT (if taken before 1 July 2004)
    • SAT: 1000 (Combined score, taken prior to 1 April 1995)
    • SAT I: 1100 (Combined score, taken from 1 April 1995 to 31 March 2005)
    • SAT: 1100 (Combination of Critical Reading and Math, taken after 31 March 2005)
    • ACT: 23 (Composite)
  13. Tattoos: Applicants may not have tattoos or body markings that are inconsistent with the CG tattoo, body marking, body piercing, and mutilation policy.

SRDC Terms of Service and Appointment Grade:

  1. All applicants must execute a Statement of Understanding, which includes an agreement that, if selected, the applicant will affiliate and participate satisfactorily in the Coast Guard Selected Reserve for at least four years.
  2. The selection panel will determine the appointment grade of each selectee.
  3. Selected applicants will receive a commission as an Ensign (O-1), Lieutenant (j.g.) (O-2), or Lieutenant (O-3) in the Coast Guard Reserve.

Application Process:

If you are ready to apply, you must visit the “Plan Your Next Move to become a Coast Guard Reserve Officer” page and follow the application process, which includes downloading the application checklist.