Were you Born Ready? Applicants need apply…

The Coast Guard is a diverse, multi-mission organization with great opportunities for all types of prospective candidates. Our recruiting effectiveness has surpassed the other armed services for the third year in a row and the quality of our candidates is the highest of all the services with an average Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score of 70.  What we need now are more diverse applicants to help grow the organization into a better reflection of the American public.

We are moving in the right direction and working hard to provide opportunities for anyone and everyone who wants to join the Coast Guard family including men, women, minorities, college or non-college graduates, full- or part-time and civilian positions. Just today in the news, an article discusses how more women are joining the armed services. It highlights the Coast Guard as being the only service where women can perform all the same jobs as men without limitations.

The news also recently discussed the establishment of a two-year partnership between the Coast Guard and Norfolk State University to offer scholarships and internships to minorities. This partnership will be a model for other Coast Guard higher education initiatives with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).  Other similar types of partnerships have recently been established between the Coast Guard and HBCU, HSI and TCU schools.  The Intelligence and Criminal Investigations Directorate is working with Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri (Read more about this partnership over at iCommandant).  The Engineering and Logistics Directorate is working with the University of North Carolina A&T State University.

These types of agreements are the foundation for the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI). Selected full-time students are provided full tuition for up to two academic years, books and essential supplies, as well as active-duty benefits such as medical, dental and housing allowance.

The Coast Guard also offers other ways to earn your college degree. Are you already enlisted and within 24 months of completing your Bachelor’s Degree? Look into the Pre-Commissioning Program for Enlisted Personnel (PPEP). You can also start earning your degree by attending the Coast Guard Academy.  The Academy was recently ranked the second Best Baccalaureate College in the North for the third year in a row on the America’s Best Colleges list.

If you already have your college degree, consider Officer Candidate School (OCS), or one of the many Direct Commission (DCO) programs.

Deadlines for these various commissioning programs are fast approaching, and some have already past, so it’s time to get serious.  Click here for OCS, DCO or CSPI deadlines. Click here for the key dates for applying to the Coast Guard Academy.

Maybe you’re more interested in specializing in one of our diverse 18 enlisted ratings? Soon, there will be an addition to this list to include the Maritime Enforcement Specialist.  Now is also the time to head in to talk to a recruiter about enlisting.

How about serving your country on a part-time basis? Join the Reserves and earn extra money while also receiving outstanding benefits, college funding, and military experience.

Maybe the uniform is not your style? How about civilian employment opportunities?

The Coast Guard may not be as large as the other armed services, but it has many different opportunities for just about anyone with any background. In the Coast Guard, you aren’t just a number and you don’t just fill a void, you are a member of a family with the chance to greatly influence the organization’s development into the future.

Come on in, the water is outstanding.

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