Electronics Technician Second Class (Former Employee) – California – February 20, 2012
Great if your single and love to travel. Also a good way to get some great funding for college. As a long term career it can become tedious on friends and family and become a nightmare in keeping up with normal every day to day life styles. Great benefits but no time for family.
Health Services Technician (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – June 23, 2017
The advancement in the Coast Guard is very difficult due to being a smaller branch of the service. Make sure before you enlist to have a guaranteed school, so you will not be placed in job positions that are not challenging.
The Coast Guard is an organization that will take you in and turn you into cog of a giant machine that saves lives. It will teach you what you need to succeed in life. The best part of the job is all of the places that you will visit never realizing that you wanted to visit. It has been one of the best decisions in my life.
Feeling of accomplishment
It feels like you are ready to move as soon as you settle in.
Petty Officer (Former Employee) – Youngstown, NY – June 23, 2017
Hard work, long days. It can go from quiet and calm one minute to fast paced the next. It comes down to the dedication of the people you are working with. They enhance every aspect of you. You learn to think outside of the box while reacting quickly to an ever changing environment. Put a group of individual coasties together on one task and you have a solid cohesion of effort flowing rhythmically to achieve the goal. When asked what I learned, the answer is simple everything, team work, hard work, family, true trust, dedication, honor and devotion to duty.
Operations Specialist (Former Employee) – San Diego, CA – June 16, 2017
What you find yourself doing will vary depending on several circumstances. i.e; land or sea, rating, enlisted or office, or above all what the Coast Guard needs. You will learn a lot, and if you don't already have some level of work ethic or patients you will see some personal growth. It is an adventure with so many opportunities to do something you would never be able to do otherwise. Its inspiring to be a part of something important that helps so many people, and the camaraderie that comes along with it is lifelong. Also the chance to travel and be challenged with new responsibilities each day is incredible. The hardest part is being away form home; but this depends again on whether you choose to work on a cutter or on land.
E-3 Fireman (Former Employee) – Venice, LA – June 15, 2017
I was trained in seamanship, search and rescue, law enforcement, radio first response watch, emergency medical training, CPR, and knowledge of 41' Marine Diesel mechanics. I gained a lot of knowledge, even though sometimes it was dangerous. It is instilled in me to have the same integrity and strong work ethics that I gained in the military. I know that my love and need for organization and cleanliness comes from being in the military.
The knowledge I learned about the sea, since I love being near the sea.
The extreme danger of storms and the search and rescue accidents.
Contractor- System Administrator (Current Employee) – Pascagoula, MS 39567 – June 14, 2017
The most enjoyable part of my day is interacting with our users. Our Coast Guard users are very patient and enjoy our service we provide. We also get to meet the crews and assist with setting their server up for their new boat it is nice to meet new faces.
Aviation Electronics Technician (Former Employee) – Mobile, AL – June 13, 2017
A typical day at work was never a typical day at work. I was challenged daily, and learned the value of hard work and education. It required stamina as well as being grounded. The hardest parts of the job ironically built the most important relationships and learning points in my short career. The most enjoyable part of the job were the people I formed relationships with that I know will last a lifetime.
discounts, travel, food, friends
duty, time away from family and friends, limited wardrobe, specific grooming routines
Storekeeper (Former Employee) – Portsmouth, VA – June 10, 2017
Being part of the Coast Guard was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. I learned a lot about myself and what I could actually do once given the opportunity. We have a saying in the Coast Guard. You always have to go out but you don't always come back. That is because we are in the business of saving lives. Which means we put our lives on the line everyday. I learned what it means to be a part of a team and care about others over self.
Lieutenant, Warrant Officer, Chief, United States (Former Employee) – Martinsburg, WV – June 9, 2017
The Coast Guard's 11 statutory missions explain why it's the best military service we have. Opportunities are pretty vast between traveling the world, helping defend the homeland, cleaning up environmental disasters, working with other services on joint missions, learning to fight fires, navigate, maintain industrial equipment, operate, they even fire real service weapons (no laser or air). Promotion and advancement tracks are well defined and attainable in most fields. The biggest problem the CG has is it's majority tall white men. It historically has a hard time retaining minorities and women. There are many factors to consider why this might be, but it's a tough place to be if you aren't a tall white guy.
Helicopter Rescue Swimmer (Former Employee) – New Orleans, LA – June 7, 2017
I enjoyed everything about my job in the United States Coast Guard. I would recommend it to everyone. You learn about yourself, how to get along with others . The only negative is moving every 4 years.
bm1 federal law and boating mate officer (Former Employee) – Alameda, CA – June 2, 2017
i enjoyed my job working with the public, teaching boating safety and law enforcement. it was fun and challenging job that was conducting search and rescue. i truly enjoyed my career in the coast guard.