How to Join the Coast Guard

You’re interested in joining the Coast Guard and becoming an important part of the safety of your country. In the Coast Guard, you will learn how to save lives, protect the waters of our nation and secure our borders.

Now where do you start? Here are 7 steps to becoming a Guardian.

The first step in joining the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is determining if the Coast Guard is right for you. You should research what your options are and understand what life will be like in the Coast Guard. The USCG job of protecting America involves highly sensitive information and deals with National Security issues. Do you meet the requirements?

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The Coast Guard has three opportunities: Enlisted, Officer and Reserve. Each has its own specialized training, responsibilities and areas of expertise. Together, they are critical to the Coast Guard’s ability to defend our country, our freedoms and our way of life. What Career is right for you?

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Now that you have gathered some information about the Coast Guard, you know the main requirements for joining and you have narrowed down your interests to how you want to serve, it is time to talk to a Coast Guard recruiter. What are you going to ask the recruiter?

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The Coast Guard requires that all recruits pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Read more to see if you qualify for the minimum score.

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As part of joining the US Coast Guard you will also be subject to a police background check and as with other military services; felony convictions will disqualify you from consideration.

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Your recruiter will work with you to fill out a variety of forms that validate your eligibility. You must honestly answer all questions and provide supporting documentation/ information.

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Basic Training in the Coast Guard requires you to be physically fit, mentally ready and prepared for a transformation. You will be doing and learning so much for the eight weeks of basic training that the more you already know and the more physically fit you are the easier it will be.

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