If you enlist and become a Coastie, you enter into an organization that has a proud history of over two centuries. It is the oldest continuing seagoing service, having been at sea since its earliest origins as the U.S. Revenue Cutter service in 1790. The mission of the Coast Guard is important in the light of recent world events; it was transferred to the newly created Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard is a military service, but assigned to a civilian department for a reason. As a civilian department in the United States Government, the Coast Guard can board vessels including warships of other nations. This can then be considered a police action, instead of a hostile act of war.
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There are a number of Careers in the Coast Guard that are involved in Search and Rescue operations. Boatswain’s Mates are the command non-commissioned rating in the Coast Guard; it is normally a Boatswains Mate who is in charge of small boat patrol crews and three man boat crews. These crews patrol and provide port security, as well as assisting boaters, and performing search and rescue type operations. Aviation Crewmembers say they serve on helicopters and other rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft involved in Search and rescue. Aircrew members perform as rescue swimmers, and loadmasters, helping to search, locate, and retrieve individuals who are stranded or capsized in the Ocean, or other body of water.
Port Security and Boat crew–
These members are assigned to Patrol and inspect shipping at our nations ports, as well as functioning as small boat crews involved in a variety of search and rescue operations.
All enlisted member careers in the Coast Guard start the same, with boot camp at Cape May, New Jersey. This 9-week course teaches a new enlisted person how to work as a member of a team, as well as indoctrinating them into what it means to be a member of the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard enlisted personnel participate in four national defense type missions, that are essential tasks, and are part of a combined and joint force that makes up our armed forces in peace, in crisis, and in war. At times during war, the Coast Guard can be transferred to the Department of the Navy and function as an element of the Navy, much as the Marine Corps does. The four missions are: Peacetimes Coastal engagement and security, Maritime intercept operations, environmental defense, and Port defense and security operations.
Wade D. Di Scuillo says
I’m an excellent and strong swimmer. I have alot of respect of the water, I’m very mental tough also. I think search and rescue is for me I’m 100% sure i could make it through anything you have to throw at me.
I agree with Wade, the SAR is 100% for me and that pretty much nails it. However, is it possible to join the Coast Guard after going to college, and how do you become a member of the search and rescue?
Nick R says
Na man Airforce CSAR is way better. And Ryan you can, you would just join as an officer.
Joe W says
@Nick R no, you would just go in probably as an E-3 instead of an E-2. You do not become an officer until you are admitted and have completed OCS (officer candidacy school) also, “search and rescue” is just a term, not a rate (or job) other rates fall under the category of SAR and you have to be put on that specific rate’s “A” school list and go through that specific training
Sebastien L says
Hey what if you are an average swimmer? What search and rescue teams are there off shore for example Mountain area in Colorado?