Officer Positions in The CG


New Member
Aug 21, 2015
As someone very interested in the Coast Guard Academy, or direct commission selected school program, because of the ability to gain a bachelors degree and then serve, I was just wondering what kind of positions are available for officers. The website lists the descriptions for enlisted rates but there are no specific laid out officer positions like how the Navy has submarine or Surface warfare officer and the Army has Engineer and EOD officers. And I've seen some things about most officers being assigned a desk job, something I'm not really looking for in a career with the Coast Guard, although I understand they are important , I would prefer something more hands on.


USCGA 2006
10-Year Member
Nov 25, 2007
Generally you will be assigned to a ship, sector or flight school (and then a kind of aircraft). You will have a operational job after graduation but much of you career will alternate between operational billets (more chance for action) and staff jobs (desk jobs).


5-Year Member
Jul 27, 2014
Coast Guard officers don't have MOS codes or anything that locks us into a specific career track. Generally by the time your are an O2/O3 you have hopefully found your 'niche' specialty but I've seen some officers jump all over the place. If you want to be an officer in the Coast Guard and promote to the higher levels, you should probably accept the reality that at some point, a desk job is a distinct possibility. If you want to 'five and dive' you could probably stay in the field and hands on until you separated. Just my two cents.