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Coast Guard Advanced Enlistment Rank

Advanced Paygrades

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Certain categories of personnel can enlist in the United States Coast Guard, and receive advanced paygrade status.

For the Rank of E-2:

  • High School Diploma and two years of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

  • Member of the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) who refers at least two people, who then enlist in the Coast Guard

  • High School Diploma and member of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), who have achieved the rating of seaman apprentice, fireman apprentice, airman apprentice, constructionman apprentice or hospitalman apprentice

  • 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of post-secondary (college) education

  • Active and currently qualified as boat crew in the Coast Guard Auxiliary

  • High School Diploma holders active and currently qualified as able seamen in the Sea Explorers

  • High School Diploma holders who are Eagle Scouts

For the Rank of E-3:

  • High School Diploma and three years of JROTC

  • Two years (four semesters) of college ROTC

  • High School Diploma and member of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), who have achieved the rating of seaman, fireman, airman, constructionman or hospitalman

  • Active and currently qualified as vessel operators or coxswains in the Coast Guard Auxiliary

  • High School Diploma holders who are active and currently qualified as quartermasters in the Sea Explorers

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