The U.S. Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US Armed Forces and falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard is the nation's oldest continuous seagoing service with responsibilities including Search and Rescue , Maritime Law Enforcement, Aids to Navigation, Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness. The Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 Reservists, and 35,000 Auxiliary personnel who serve in a variety of job fields.
There are several ways to become an officer in the Coast Guard:
- Successfully graduating from the Coast Guard Academy
- Successfully completing Officer Candidate School (OCS)
- Through one of several Direct Commissioning Programs
The Coast Guard Reserve is a part-time force of nearly 8,000, specially trained people who serve with the Coast Guard one weekend a month and two weeks every year. Coast Guard Reservists work directly alongside active duty Coast Guard personnel and perform the same job as active duty personnel
There are also over 6,000 civilian positions in over 200 different types of jobs throughout the Coast Guard. They work in over 100 locations across America. Civilians have careers offering, great pay, outstanding benefits, and the satisfaction of serving our country.
For information call 1-877-NOW-USCG. You will be instructed to enter your zip code and then you will be connected to a recruiting office that can assist you.