The Coast Guard Reserve offers citizens the opportunity to serve on a part-time basis, while still serving their country and community. Reservists take part in maritime safety, mobility, security, national defense and the protection of natural resources.
Today, 8,238 Coast Guard reservists support and aid critical Coast Guard missions. Coast Guard reservists spend an average of one weekend a month and two weeks a year performing duties vital to our nation’s security.
Before Serving in the Coast Guard Reserve
To join the Coast Guard Reserve, you must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien between 18 and 39 years old (17 with parental consent). While GEDs are sometimes accepted, high school diplomas are preferred. All recruits take the ASVAB test to determine placement.
Coast Guard Reservists undergo Basic Training at the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, N.J., for eight weeks. Reservists also train one weekend per month and two weeks every summer.
Coast Guard Reserve Benefits
Members of the Coast Guard Reserve are paid for all time spent training or deployed. In addition, they receive most of the same benefits as full-time Coast Guard members, including tuition support, training and plenty of time on the water. Combine travel, career training and strength of character to see why the Coast Guard can be so rewarding.
Coast Guard Careers
The Coast Guard Reserve needs members with all kinds of skills – including some you may already have. Whether you fill a position similar to your civilian job or learn a new professional skill, the Coast Guard will leave you better trained and more employable for the future.