A stable military job, but not for everyone
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class (Former Employee) – Various – January 23, 2017
Working in the Coast Guard made really allowed me to develop as an individual and an employee, however there were costs/sacrifices made. Hours can be long and demanding, but you're never the only one suffering and your peers can be very supportive. You may be forced to move all over the country, but they always give you plenty of paid time off to go visit family should you need to move far away.
The job itself is shaped by the attitude of those who surround you. Your mileage may vary, but I did not have a good experience. At every unit I was stationed at, I was constantly surrounded by people who were negative, unhappy, and genuinely did not want to be there. Because nobody was willing to perk up and try to enjoy the nice aspects of the job, it made for a very depressing work environment. Morale is easily the most important aspect of the job, however this fact seemed to be overlooked in my experience. If you intend on joining a military service with the intention of staying in for years, I would look at other branches. There are simply more things to do, more opportunities to advance, and happier people. If you're dedicated to being the first line of defense for the United States, the Coast Guard might be a good option for you.
Work/life balance and benefits are untouchable, paid time off is unbeatable
Job can be difficult/stressful at times, lack of enthusiasm from superiors makes for a negative work enviornment