Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

* If you know anyone who is considering joining the Coast Guard or someone who should consider joining, please pass this blog to them – along with your own experience of how the Coast Guard benefits you and your family!

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Weydert, Coast Guard Recruiting Command

Good day to all those on the world-wide web! I’m your friendly neighborhood recruiter attached to the Coast Guard Recruiting Command, and I’m here to answer some pertinent and often asked questions regarding some of the benefits you (and your family) will receive from joining the Coast Guard.

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Erin Hunter, a health service technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, measures Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Martin's heart rate during a physical health assessment while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. Health service technicians administer to basic medical needs and maintain health records for Coast Guard personnel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Petty Officer 1st Class Erin Hunter, a health service technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, measures Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Martin’s heart rate during a physical health assessment while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

HEALTHCARE: Your health is important to us, so when you join the Coast Guard, you will receive complete medical, dental and eye coverage, at no cost! “But what about if I have a family,” you ask? Well, while you serve, your family will fall under TRICARE, a health care program of the United States Department of Defense Military Health System. TRICARE will keep your spouse and children healthy and safe, and depending on the program you select it could be at no cost or a much lower cost than outside coverage. After-all, a doctor a day keeps the apple away! To learn more about TRICARE benefits, click here.

 

Designs for the homes of future Coast Guard members are displayed at a construction site groundbreaking ceremony held at the Coast Guard housing neighborhood in Astoria, Ore., April 6, 2015. The construction will add 12 additional units to the 120 already housing Coast Guard members in the neighborhood. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg)

Designs for the homes of future Coast Guard members are displayed at a construction site groundbreaking ceremony held at the Coast Guard housing neighborhood in Astoria, Ore., April 6, 2015. The construction will add 12 additional units to the 120 already housing Coast Guard members in the neighborhood. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg)

HOME: Let’s face it; apartment and house hunting can be stressful and frustrating. But with the Coast Guard’s Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) you won’t have to worry about where the next rent payment is coming from! The Coast Guard provides members tax-free money, scaled to the area that you will live in, to be used to pay your rent or mortgage. This goes a long way in helping you get settled at a new duty station. Some units even have Government Housing attached, eliminating the hassle of apartment/house hunting and the commute from home to work entirely!

 

SAN DIEGO -- Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Patterson, a yeoman at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, studies during a public speaking course held on base. Coast Guard members have a variety of educational opportunities in San Diego, ranging from traditional universities and community colleges to on-base courses and online programs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy)

SAN DIEGO — Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Patterson, a yeoman at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, studies during a public speaking course held on base. Coast Guard members have a variety of educational opportunities, ranging from traditional universities and community colleges to on-base courses and online programs. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Henry G. Dunphy)

 

EDUCATION: Maybe you want to further your education and are wondering if we can help? Yes, of course we can help! It is all covered under the Post – 9/11 G.I. Bill. Using this perk, you will be able to receive funds from the Coast Guard to help you pay for college or vocational technical training when you separate from the service. This benefit can be transferred to a dependent (spouse or child) if you so choose. The Coast Guard also has tuition assistance and other opportunities that help you earn college credits while actively serving in the Coast Guard.

There are dozens of other benefits to joining the Coast Guard as well, including the potential to travel, shopping privileges at military bases and access to all kinds of recreational facilities. You will also receive 30 days of paid per year! And, looking into the future, we offer various retirement plans that will help ensure financial stability for your family, not to mention complete Life Insurance coverage.

The best part is that we currently have NO WAIT to join our service. You will need meet certain age and health requirements, and pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Talk to a recruiter today to find out more about joining the U.S. Coast Guard!

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