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Training, Coast Guard Enlisted

Training procedures are critical to a strong enlisted Coast Guard force, from basic training for recruits to ongoing training throughout each service member’s career. The Coast Guard provides many training opportunities that enhance individuals’ professional and trade skills while increasing the sea service’s overall capability to perform its missions.

In 2010, the U.S. Coast Guard included approximately 36,000 active-duty enlisted personnel. Coast Guard ranks are from E-1 to E-9. Ranks E-1 to E-3 are referred to as seamen. Rank E-4 and above are called petty officers. Rank E-7 and above are called “chief” petty officers.

Coast Guard “boot camp” for newly enlisted active- and reserve-duty personnel occurs at the Coast Guard Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey. The 8-week course includes training in basic seamanship and ...

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