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Does the Coast Guard offer "Guaranteed Jobs?"


Question: Does the Coast Guard offer "Guaranteed Jobs?"
Answer: Of all of the services, the Coast Guard offers the fewest guaranteed jobs.

One normally enlists in the Coast Guard, undesignated, then "strikes" for a job after a period of on-the-job training in "basic coastguardmanship" at their first duty station.

A few schools (and therefore jobs) are offered during basic training. While this system may seem (on the surface) disadvantageous, there is something to be said about having the chance to spend some time scoping out the situation "on the job," before deciding what job you're going to "strike" for.

For more details the article, What the Recruiter Never Told You.

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