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Joining the Coast Guard

Joining the Coast Guard. Information and resources for those considering joining the United States Military, more specifically the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Enlisted Jobs
Job descriptions for enlisted jobs (ratings) in the U.S. Coast Guard, along with ASVAB score requirements.

Surviving Coast Guard Boot Camp
Joining the Coast Guard? Here's what you can expect at Coast Guard Boot Camp, as well as some tips to help you "survive."

Advanced Rank (rate)
Certain categories of personnel can enlist in the United States Coast Guard, and receive advanced paygrade status.

Coast Guard Boot Camp Packing List
The official U.S. Coast Guard list of what one can and cannot bring with them to Coast Guard Basic Training.

Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI)
I'm often asked if the Coast Guard has an ROTC program, as do the other military branches. The answer is no. The Coast Guard has an Officer Candidate School, and an Academy, as do the other services, but no ROTC program. What they do have, some might think is a better deal than ROTC: The Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative,...

Enlistment Bonuses
Certain jobs in the United States Coast Guard are authorized a monetary enlistment bonus. Here is a list of the jobs which qualify.

Coast Guard Recruiting Command
With recruiting centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and overseas, the Coast Guard Recruiting Command has its bases well covered.

Rank (Rate) Retention Rules for Prior Service
Here are the rules for rank (rate) retention for prior service veterans enlisting in the United States Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Recruiting
Official Coast Guard Recruiters Home page. Contains general information about joining the Coast Guard.

College Pre-Commissioning Program
The College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative is available to students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), member schools of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and other approved institutions of higher learning.

Direct Commissions
Information about applying for a direct commission to become a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard.

Basic Training
Official Web Site for Coast Guard Basic Training

FAQ for Joining the Coast Guard

Maritime Academy Reserve Training Program
The Maritime Academy Reserve Training Program (MARTP) is available to become future U.S. Coast Guard officers. $3000 per year Student Incentive Pay from the U.S. Maritime Administration which includes $3000 back pay for freshman year, $1900 per year for Coast Guard stipend, $300 per year for books and supplies, and weekend drill pay...aproximately $24,000 over 3 years.

Recruiter Locations
Location of Coast Guard Recruiting Offices throughout the United States.

Things to Consider When Enlisting in the Coast Guard
Choosing a military service can be a complicated decision. The services differ when it comes to enlistment incentives, assignment opportunities, quality of life programs, deployment rates, promotion opportunities, and more. Here are the pros and cons of choosing to enlist in the United States Coast Guard.

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