I really enjoyed my career in the Coast Guard
Regional Execution Branch Manager (Commander) (Current Employee) – Juneau, AK – October 17, 2017
The Coast Guard offers a fair and balanced work environment, allows a great number of opportunities for professional development, and the benefits are excellent. Obviously as a sea-going service, this career path can offer exciting opportunities for travel and interagency cooperation. It is more than a military organization, serving in several federal regulatory roles as well, so there is tremendous potential for exposure to a variety of policy frameworks for those rising to higher management.
It is important to note that while unique among the services, it is a military organization and one must be ready for leading and managing people with time as you must continually work towards advancement. Applicants should also consider frequently moving and changing jobs; adaptability is critical. Overall, I cherished my career (a mix of active duty and reserve service). I generally felt like I was always working with like-minded people with the best of intentions that truly enjoyed public service, possessed a strong work ethic and took care of each other as a family.