Thursday, April 23, 2015

How to join the United States Coast Guard? Qualifications, Requirements & Tips

Serving the United States coast guard is an admirable desire and a career-fulfilling job considering it offers competitive privileges and benefits.
The United States Coast Guard is a very selective service. With only 38,000 active duty and 12,000 reserve personnel the US Coast Guard does more with less than any other service. The US Coast Guard performs more missions than all the other services which requires all members to be versatile and hardworking.[MilitarySpot]
To start your journey with US Coast Guard, you should know what are the qualifications and requirements for you to be get hired.

USCG Qualifications:
- Be a U.S. citizen or a resident alien.
- Must be 17-27 year old for active duty (up to age 32 if attending an A school). 17 needs parental consent
- Reservists must be between 17-39.
- Prior-service personnel should contact their local recruiter for specific criteria.
- Have a high school diploma. GEDs are accepted in very rare circumstances.
- Have no more than two dependents (spouse, children, or someone dependent upon you for support).
- Pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test.
- Be medically cleared by the local Military Entrance Processing Station.
- Undergo a credit check, security clearance check, and a criminal record review. (2nd and 3rd degree misdemeanors and or felony convictions are disqualifying.)
- During this screening process, information may reveal an applicant to be unsuitable for Coast Guard service due to excessive debt, medical disqualifications, criminal history, or other reasons.

USCG Application Process and Tips
- Please note that there are four ways you can get in touch with a recruiter:
- Call the nearest recruiting office.
- Email your nearest recruiting office.
- To protect your privacy, do not send Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or health related issues or concerns through email!
- Chat with a Coast Guard chat recruiter.
- Submit an Application to begin the screening and application process.
- Read the application guidance below before selecting the "Continue" button to begin the screening and application process.
If you decide to correspond using email, do not send Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or any health-related issues/concerns through the email option. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is information that can be used to identify you & may include, but is not limited to: name, address, phone, email address, birth date, age, etc.
A successful pre-screen is only the first stage of the qualification process. Because the job we do is highly sensitive, and jobs may involve national security, and military maritime law enforcement, the Coast Guard is a highly selective service. Many qualified applicants compete for limited positions. Due to increasingly high accession standards, fully qualified applicants are not guaranteed accession into the Coast Guard. Obtaining a position in this service is a very competitive process that considers applicant "Whole Person" qualities and  strengths, along with service-wide needs. Only the most fully qualified applicants will be offered a Coast Guard position.
As the first step in the screening process, confirm that you have read and understand the application guidance above. You will receive an email with recruiter contact information or be notified of your screening status. If you have not received an email or a phone call within 3 days, contact your nearest recruiter through the Find A Recruiter function.

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