When you join the United States Coast Guard, you are joining one of the smallest forces in the US Armed Forces. This works in your favor because the jobs available are even more crucial to the fulfillment of the mission the Coast Guard looks to accomplish. Your efforts will make a difference and you will gain recognition for your hard work. There are several careers you can pursue in the United States Coast Guard including:
– Intelligence or Information Systems Specialist
– Public Affairs Specialist
– Boatswain?s, Gunner?s or Electrician?s Mate
– Food Service Specialist
– Avionics Electrical, Survival Technician or Maintenance
– Health Services or Marine Science Technician
– Electronics or Machinery Technician
Your first milestone in the US Coast Guard is when you accomplish 8 weeks of basic training and receive your first promotion. As an E-2 rank, you can be either a fireman, seaman or airman apprentice. You can accomplish the E-3 pay grade once you reach your first unit and start to pick out the career path you want to pursue in the US Coast Guard.
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Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) is the highest rank you can obtain in the United States Coast Guard. This is accomplished as you receive higher and higher levels of education in your chosen field.
Enlisted Guardians continue to receive higher-level training in their chosen field leading to more responsibility, greater pay and a potentially higher ranking. The highest rank an enlisted member can attain is Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9).
Those who have obtained at least an (E-5) ranking and 30 college credits have the option to try out for the Officer Candidate School. Even if you meet the requirements, you will have to beat out other civilians and Guardians looking to enroll in the OCS school.