Be a part of something great
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.
Travel, Pride in Service
Work/Life balance, Shore/Operational workload vastly differs.