Careers in Coast Guard
By Tony Jacowski
A career as a Coast Guard officer in the U.S. demands a
conscientious and dedicated approach to the duties and
responsibilities that accompany the job profile. There are a
number of options open for people that want to pursue this
career path. The job not only gives you a chance to serve a
humane purpose but also gives you the opportunity to stretch
your physical and mental capabilities beyond the ordinary.
The department was founded in 1790 as the United States Coast
Guard or USCG, as part of the Department of Treasury. Initially,
the job involved countering smuggling off the U.S. coastline.
However, today the Coast Guard is responsible for the promotion
of peace and rescue operations.
The following are some of the requirements for becoming a Coast
-You should be a citizen of the U.S. or a resident alien.
should be between 17 to 27 years of age to qualify for active
-You should be a high school graduate.
-You should have
cleared the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test or
-You should have passed a military entrance exam.a
Benefits Of Becoming A Coast Guard Officer
-Steady Income: You are paid twice a month, depending on the
specified pay grade at the time of recruitment.
Promotion: Your work is periodically appraised on the basis of
performance, time served in a particular pay grade and service
-Paid Vacation: You are eligible for paid leave,
comprising of 30 days in a year.
-Health Care: You are eligible
for complete medical and dental health care, absolutely free.
-Life Insurance: You are covered under a $400,000 life insurance
The training for a Coast Guard officer involves training at a
boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. The training lasts for 8
weeks and is mentally and physically challenging. Water survival
techniques are taught hands on. The physical fitness regime
adopted differs for the male and female recruits. Candidates are
grouped to instill teamwork and co-ordination from the very
start. The ability to swim is not a prerequisite for the Coast
Guard. The selected candidates are given lessons in swimming and
basic water rescue operations.
The Coast Guard Academy
The academy is one of the five federal military service
academies in the U.S. Candidates are not charged a tuition fee
and the academy offers various options to recruits. Some of them
-Operations Research and
All the options within the job profile of a Coast Guard involve
rigorous training and detailed, specific education with regards
to the department chosen.
How To Apply
Applications are accepted online, with the deadline being March
1st of each year. All inquires can be made directly to:
The Director of Admissions U.S. Coast Guard Academy 15, Mohegan
Avenue New London CT-06320 9807
The U.S. Coast Guard Reserves offers part-time recruitment also.
It is the perfect way for those in college or already working to
gain experience with the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard also welcomes the services of physicians,
dentists and pharmacists. The job involves rescue operations,
aircraft missions, interception of illegal migrants and port
safety checks. The diversity of activity handled by the Coast
Guard is attractive and a planned approach to becoming a part of
the United States Coast Guard is not difficult at all.