Prospective AESOP applicants on CGA grounds. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Mendenhall.

Recruiting cadets from within our ranks

Each fall, the Coast Guard Academy welcomes a select group of junior enlisted members for the Academy Enlisted Selection Opportunity Program, also known as AESOP. The program is designed to expose highly-qualified young men and women to the possibility of attending the academy and upon graduation, become commissioned officers in the U.S. Coast Guard.