Capt. Robert Smith

‘Too good to be true?’

June 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Program. CSPI is a fully funded scholarship program open to students of all races and ethnicities, which may pay up to two academic years of college tuition and books. While in the program, officer trainees are provided with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and professional development training. Upon graduation from college, officer trainees attend Officer Candidate School and are commissioned as ensigns in the Coast Guard. In honor of this milestone, we highlight one of the program’s initial candidates, Capt. Robert Smith.


Aboard Eagle

Sea stories: Full speed ahead

Somewhere off the coast of New Jersey: As the Coast Guard Barque Eagle sailed into 17 knot winds and 6 to 8-foot seas, officer candidates entered metaphorically uncharted waters. That’s especially true for two United States Coast Guard officer candidates with no previous maritime experience.


So you want to be a Coast Guard officer?

Each fiscal year, Coast Guard Recruiting Command offers 12 commissioning programs to bring competent leaders and specialists into the officer corps.


Seaman Recruit Lopez

Why I Serve: Seaman Recruit Natallia Lopez

The Coast Guard celebrates 223 years of service to the nation this Sunday and is an opportunity to reflect upon the men and women who serve in America’s Coast Guard. In honor of our service’s birthday, we reached out to Coast Guard men and women and asked them to write an essay based the prompt “Why I serve.”


Coast Guard continues partnership with HBCUs

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant and Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Every day the Coast Guard successfully completes incredibly diverse missions at home and around the world. The Coast Guard is part of the fabric of the maritime […]


CSPI recruiting

Coast Guard is looking for a few good grads

Post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis. Every day, Coast Guard recruiters travel the nation to help high school and college students make one of the toughest decisions of their lives, what comes next? Earlier this […]