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Coast Guard Special Duty Assignments

Ceremonial Honor Guard Duty


Located at the Telecommunication and Information Systems Command (TISCOM) in Alexandria, VA, the U. S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard is the official Coast Guard representative at various Armed Forces events and functions. In addition to performing Presidential support duty, the Ceremonial Honor Guard performs hundreds of ceremonies annually for many international leaders and other dignitaries.


Note: The below qualification standards are in addition to the general Coast Guard Special Duty Assignment qualification standards.

1. Background Investigation. Must have a favorable Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) completed within the last two years and been serving on continuous active duty with the Coast Guard since completion of the SSBI. Members will not perform Presidential support duty until the completed SSBI has been received and screened. A denial or revocation of a security clearance disqualifies a member for assignment to the Ceremonial Honor Guard.

2. Personal Qualities. Must be stable, of excellent character and discretion, and unquestioned loyalty to the United States.

3. Family Requirements. The member and adult, living members of his or her immediate family must be either native born or naturalized citizens of the United States. ("Immediate family" includes the current spouse; natural or foster parents or guardians; sisters and brothers by birth, adoption, or marriage of the parents; and children by birth, adoption, or marriage.) The Secret Service may grant waivers, through Commandant (G-OCI), on a case-by-case basis.

4. Loyalty to the United States. The individual's family members and those persons to whom he or she is bound by affection or obligation should neither be subject to physical, mental, or other forms of duress by a foreign power nor advocate using force or violence to overthrow the government of the United States or altering the form of government of the United States by unconstitutional means.

5. Commandant (G-OCI) will make a name check on member's spouse through the Federal Bureau of Investigation General Indices.

6. Interaction with High Government Officials. Since this duty may involve contact with the President of the United States, the First Family, and other individuals in high government positions, applicants must present a clean-cut, smart, pleasant appearance and possess a sufficient degree of intelligence, maturity, and literacy to respond to casual conversation with these officials.

7. Characteristics Evaluated for Selection.Applicants must be aware assignment to this Special Duty involves more than ceremonial or glamorous duty. If selected, members must not only maintain a flawless appearance, but also expect arduous work, long hours, and demands for expertise. Applicants should possess an enthusiastic attitude with confidence and motivation to meet the challenge of the assignment. Characteristics which will be evaluated during the selection process include maturity; self-control; objectivity; forthrightness; sincerity; attitude toward the Service, others, and themselves; cooperation; and motivation.

8. Physical Requirements.The following additional physical requirements apply:

    a. Men must be 6 feet 0 inches to 6 feet 4 inches and women 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 4 inches.

    b. Must be proficient in basic drill requirements.

    c. Must have visual acuity not requiring glasses (contact lenses may be worn).

    d. Must not have visible tattoos, unsightly scars, birthmarks, or severe acne.

    e. Must not have a history of serious back or knee injuries.

    f. No beards or mustaches are permitted; the face must be clean shaven at all times. Those with approved shaving waivers for folliculitis are not eligible for assignment to the Ceremonial Honor Guard.

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