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Why Join

A Steady Paycheck

You’ll get paid to serve—and depending on your job and station, you may receive other allowances or bonuses. Plus, you’ll increase your salary through promotions and time in service. Learn more about military pay and non-taxable allowances.

Education & Training

Through the GI Bill and other programs, the Coast Guard can fund your college education. You’ll also receive hands-on training and professional certifications that will strengthen your résumé and open doors to post-Coast Guard career opportunities.

Travel & Adventure

Adventure awaits for Guardsmen

Exploring the world can be another day on the job. Whether it’s a long-term assignment or a short trip, the Coast Guard can take you to some amazing places. And with your 30 days of annual paid time off, even more adventures await.

Additional Benefits

Coast Guard service offers many other benefits, including:  

  • Full medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Discounted life insurance
  • Retirement plan options
  • Financial counseling
  • Mental health support
  • Legal services

Hiring Incentives

The Coast Guard also has several enlistment incentive programs that may be activated to aid in meeting recruiting goals, such as signing bonuses.