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Coast Guard

Career description:

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is the maritime security, search and rescue, and law enforcement service branch of the United States Armed Forces[6] and one of the country’s eight uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its duties. It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy under the Department of Defense by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Conduct search and rescue cases
  • Save lives assist people in distress
  • Protect property
  • Launch small boat missions
  • Launch aircraft missions, and log hours
  • Seize narcotics, contraband, and other illegal products
  • Intercept illegal migrants
  • Board large vessels for port safety checks
  • Respond to oil or hazardous chemical spills
  • Service aids to navigation

Similar occupations:

Boat Captain, Boat Operator, Captain, Ferry Boat Captain, First Mate, Ship Captain, Ship Pilot, Tugboat Captain, Tugboat Mate, Vessel Master