So you want to be a Coast Guard officer?

Reserve Officer Candidate Indoctrination Class 1-13 renders honors to Rear Adm. John S. Welch, Senior Reserve Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area Aug. 2, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Written by Lt. Ashly Thomas, Coast Guard Recruiting Command.

You’ve come to the right place! Officers in the Coast Guard are leaders, mentors and stewards in the execution of our 11 missions. Immediately upon commissioning, Coast Guard officers are placed into positions of responsibility and are expected to become proficient leaders in their areas of specialty, act courageously and use initiative to resolve a variety of issues. Each fiscal year, Coast Guard Recruiting Command offers 12 commissioning programs to bring competent leaders and specialists into the officer corps.

The Coast Guard is looking for officer applicants for our Direct Commission Engineer, Direct Commission Lawyer, Direct Commission Physician Assistants, Direct Commission Intelligence Officer and Maritime Academy Graduates programs. We are also in need of experienced individuals with prior military service to become reserve officers through Select Reserve Direct Commission program and active duty officers through the Prior Trained Military Officers program. Additionally, we are looking for the most outstanding men and women of the Coast Guard’s enlisted force to apply for Officer Candidate School. Civilians who live by a servant-leader ethos who already posses an undergraduate degree, may also be eligible for OCS.

Finally, did you know that we also offer a scholarship program? The College Student Pre-commissioning Initiative is designed to identify emerging leaders attending Minority Serving Institutions in an effort to cultivate their leadership potential by providing a scholarship for up to two years prior to attending OCS. Individuals in the CSPI program are also eligible to apply for guaranteed flight training through the Wilk’s Flight Initiative program.

Deadlines for officer program applications are approaching fast!

CGRC Officer Program schedule 2013-2014

Want to learn more? Visit our officer opportunities page under the “find your career” tab on the Go Coast Guard website to see if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Specific criteria and information on the application process for all Coast Guard officer programs can be found in our newly developed Officer Application Job Aid Kit.

Once you determine which programs you qualify for, please contact your local recruiting office. Their information can be found under the “get the answers tab” via the “contact a recruiter” or “find a recruiter” page on the Go Coast Guard website.

Good luck and Semper Paratus!

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