nursing then coast guard?

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
is it possible for me to become a surgical nurse and then enlist in the coast guard?
As two separate, unrelated career paths, sure, as long as you didn't exceed the age limit for enlisting.

If you are asking if you can be a nurse in the CG, the Coast Guard does not have its own uniformed healthcare providers. It either uses the nearest DOD/USA/USN/USAF military treatment facility or has a USPHS officer assigned or other options.
https://www.gocoastguard.com/active-duty-careers/officer-opportunities/programs/health-profession-programs


If you are researching Army, Air Force and Navy nursing, don't overlook USPHS, one of the 7 uniformed services. They are very professional and have most of the same benefits as the 5 armed services.
https://www.usphs.gov/student/jrcostep.aspx
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
There are a few Coast Guard Physician Assistants..... but that's all I know about.
LITS, your comment reminded me of a PHS dentist I met about 8 years ago, but as she was detailed to the CG, she wore a CG uniform. Complete surprise. See the link below about CG-PHS - interesting to read, as I had very little awareness of the close connection.

https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/reserves-and-coast-guard-flight-surgeon.722331/

And as for the PAs, I learned about them - good to know if that pops up around SAF again.

https://www.gocoastguard.com/reserve-careers/officer-careers/programs/direct-commission-physician-assistant-selected-reserve-dcpa
 

LineInTheSand

USCGA 2006
10-Year Member
LITS, your comment reminded me of a PHS dentist I met about 8 years ago, but as she was detailed to the CG, she wore a CG uniform. Complete surprise. See the link below about CG-PHS - interesting to read, as I had very little awareness of the close connection.

https://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/reserves-and-coast-guard-flight-surgeon.722331/

And as for the PAs, I learned about them - good to know if that pops up around SAF again.

https://www.gocoastguard.com/reserve-careers/officer-careers/programs/direct-commission-physician-assistant-selected-reserve-dcpa

My classmate just graduated from PA school, so that's the only reason I even knew that. It's a handful of people.

The PHS folks have different shoulder boards and covers when they're wearing CG uniforms.
 
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