Information Systems Technician (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – September 26, 2016
Working 24 hours a day 7 days a week with little to no local resources develops a technician's skills and abilities greatly. I really enjoyed my time doing technical work with the Coast Guard. The military culture and constantly moving around is why I choose to leave.
Boatswain's Mate (Current Employee) – Valdez, AK – September 24, 2016
It's a good job, i loved working for the United States, serving my country and learning everything i could possibly learn. I got to see many places i never thought i would ever get to go to. It was fun while it lasted.
The Coast Guard helped me become the man I am today.
Electronics Technician III (Current Employee) – Seattle, WA – September 16, 2016
Depending on what rate you choose to go if you decide to go the enlisted route, you will be challenged with hard work and dedication to complete the mission at the end of the day. Work days can vary depending upon what type of unit your stationed and whether they're deployable or not. You can't be afraid of water and should be comfortable with swimming. After 8 years so far in the service I have traveled to amazing places and accomplished amazing things. Great benefits and direction.
Non-rate (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – September 16, 2016
The USCG taught me to use quick thinking and decision making in a very stressful situation. I learned to work cohesively with a team towards a common goal. My co-workers quickly turned into family as we all had to share the waters in dangerous and life-threatening situations on a daily basis. Through all the rough seas and public interactions I learned to be quick on my feet, but not quick to judge people and their circumstances.
Cadet (Former Employee) – New London, CT – September 7, 2016
The coast guard academy had a lot of great people and a lot of not so great people. I truly will cherish the friendships I made there, but in the end, the coast guard life was not the life for me. I did not enjoy the management as they thought they were superior to their subordinates. But, I did enjoy the structure and the organization itself.
Supervisory Accountant (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – September 7, 2016
There was little to no organization and the computer system was outdated. The work environment was less then pleasurable and the employees were stressful. You always left work feeling like nothing was accomplished and this was because there was no structure.
Communications Specialist (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – September 7, 2016
The Coast Guard is about saving lives. The hardest part was going out to sea in a hurricane but the most enjoyable part is working with others to rescue people at sea or evacuating people during national catastrophes.
Headed and Organizer (Former Employee) – Detroit, MI – August 29, 2016
Depending on the job you have in the Coast Guard can make or break your experience you'll have. You can go from a rescue swimmer to a DC or toilet scrubber. A lot of politics with people above you and the best person doesn't always get promoted... Great place to learn something outside of your hometown.
Mechanic for both gasoline and diesel engines (Former Employee) – USCGC Glacier and PSSTA Houston – August 19, 2016
There were no typical days. Sometimes I had different watch shifts. Sometimes I'd get off watch at midnight and get woken up at 2 a.m. because there was a problem in the engine room. All hands on deck. Co-workers were from all over the US. I was on an ice breaker so we would be gone from the US for six months at a time. I did that twice. Got to see a lot of the world: Mexico, Panama, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Antarctica, Brazil, Trinidad/Tobago. Shore leave was always fun at the ports-of-call that we stopped at. But growing up in Houston and New Orleans, Antarctica is very cold. No worries about health care because we had it all.
Supply Management Administrator (Former Employee) – Curtis Bay, MD – August 18, 2016
I enjoyed the team I worked with but my particular job did not have enough work involved so I went to my team members to get additional work. The chance of advancement at that time was difficult but it may have change over the course of the years.
Chief Health Services Technician (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – August 17, 2016
The United States Coast Guard Reserve has been a very challenging and rewarding work experience. My day-to-day job is very challenging and requires that I complete a number of tasks in a few short period of time. This experience has improved my overall efficiency and task management skills. I work with a great group of individuals and love going to work every day that I am drilling. The officers above me are great to work for and allow me to address problems and issues with minimal interference. While this job is very taxing, I find that the most enjoyable part is ensuring that all the members of the unit are healthy and able to perform there jobs inorder to protect the United States.
Chief Boatswain Mate (Former Employee) – various units across America – August 9, 2016
A great place to work. I learned a lot and met some wonderful people on my journey. The Coast Guard knows how to take care of their people. The other good thing is every new job assignment is different from the last, so the job never got stale. Joining the Coast Guard was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I would do it again in a second.
MH-60T Helicopter Prime Unit Maintenance Officer (Former Employee) – Elizabeth City, NC – August 7, 2016
The United States Coast Guard is a premier service. Responsible for maritime search and rescue, aids to navigation, and maritime law enforcement. Every day is a unique challenge and dynamic work environment.