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  • 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, 8,396 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

  • Before Serving in the Coast Guard Reserve

    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

  • Coast Guard Reserve Benefits

    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 Reserve Careers

  • Coast Guard Reserve Careers

    Coast Guard Reserve 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.

  • Coast Guard Reserve Videos

    Coast Guard Reserve Videos

    Get an inside look at the Coast Guard Reserve with selections from our Coast Guard Reserve Videos collection.

    • A Ride with the Coast Guard Reserve

      A Ride with the Coast Guard Reserve

      Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval ensures that a Coast Guard boat is ready for search-and-rescue and maritime law enforcement missions.
    • From Boy to Man

      From Boy to Man

      Seaman Recruit Cliff Boon reflects on how much he's accomplished during Coast Guard Basic Training.
    • Making a Difference

      Making a Difference

      After attending college, Seaman Recruit Annie Nguyen realized that she might prefer serving in the Coast Guard.
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Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa Valdes: I am a Reservist at United States Southern Command. I’m an Intelligence Specialist, 2nd Class, and on my personal time, I’m a full-time student at Broward College, studying criminal justice.

Seaman Deirdre Gray: My job right now is a Seaman on the Healy. Our main objective and mission is to assist the National Science Foundation in their science research of the Bering and the Arctic.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval: As an individual, I really enjoy getting underway. The fact that I’m getting paid to—to drive a boat and to save lives and to also enforce federal law is a great privilege.

Seaman Deirdre Gray: You know, these are things that, outside of the Military, I don’t think I would have had the—ever had the experience to see or do.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval: The Coast Guard’s also a humanitarian agency, in the sense that we—we provide assistance to Americans and others in distress, here and abroad. For example, in 2005, we conducted search and rescue operations during Hurricane Katrina.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa Valdes: I think my passion for the ocean drove me to join the Coast Guard. Whether it be boating or, you know, under-the-surface scuba-diving, but just everything about it. It’s pretty much my life.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Adrien Cheval: I chose the Coast Guard for a particular reason, and I knew what I was getting myself into. And today, I’m very happy that I made the decision.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Vanessa Valdes: What makes me the most proud is seeing my mom’s face light up when I tell her, you know, about my day, and—looking at the pictures of all my experiences and just thinking back, it’s like, “Wow, I was there, I did this, I did that.” You know, none of that would have been possible without the Coast Guard.

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