Coast Guard Career Outlook, Employment & Job Information

Coast Guard Jobs, Training Requirements, Salary & Schools Information

Coast Guard Current Employment

Enlisted U.S. Coast Guard personnel are part of the sea-going law enforcement branch of the government. They provide maritime police and security duties including the policing of drug and immigration smuggling incidents. The United States Coast Guard currently has a force of 38,000 active-duty personnel and 8,000 reservists. Benefits include college tuition assistance, housing and meal allowance, free health care, and thirty days of paid vacation.

Career Training for Coast Guards

Officers must attend the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. You can attend online law enforcement training to gain basic criminal justice knowledge. You will need to have completed a bachelor's degree to qualify for the Coast Guard Reserve. Applicants are expected to pass a military entrance medical examination, pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, be a United States citizen, and have no more than two dependents.
Recruits receive tax-free money toward housing costs if no government housing is available and subsistence if no military dining is available. Depending on your qualifications, you can receive additional training after basic training in avionics, aviation maintenance, operations, information systems and technology, electronics, machinery, health services, marine sciences, intelligence, public affairs, and weapons. Candidates may also qualify for recruitment bonuses, depending on availability.

Coast Guards Job Outlook

*New recruits in the United States Coast Guard currently receive a $15,000 starting salary, with federal pay raises linked to civilian pay increases. Officer pay increases with grade and service longevity. The Coast Guard plans on adding approximately 5,500 people during 2009. You must be between 17 and 27 years old to apply.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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