The United States Coast Guard fosters an inclusive environment that emphasizes support, achievement, sharing, and camaraderie for and among civilian employees of all personalities, cultures, and perspectives. The US Coast Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.


Veterans may enhance their job searches by looking for vacancy announcements authorized for Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans—agencies who help appoint eligible veterans with Coast Guard jobs. Veterans are not entitled to appointment under any of these authorities. For specific information, refer to the “Who May Apply” or eligibility requirements found in each vacancy announcement.

Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment

The US Coast Guard may use the Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA) to appoint eligible veterans to excepted appointments (with up to the GS-11 or equivalent grade level) without competition. After satisfactorily completing two years of service, the veteran will be noncompetitively converted to a career or career-conditional appointment. There is no limit to the number of times veterans can apply under VRA. VRA-eligibility applies to the following categories:

  • Disabled veterans;
  • Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized;
  • Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) was awarded; and
  • Veterans separated from active duty within the past 3 years.

The Coast Guard can also use VRA to fill temporary (shorter than one year) or term (longer than one year but shorter than four years) positions. Veterans employed in temporary or term positions under VRA will not be converted to permanent civilian positions.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998

The United States Coast Guard may use the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) to give certain eligible veterans the ability to compete for job opportunities that are not offered to other external candidates. Veterans hired under the VEOA will be given a career or career-conditional appointment. VEOA eligibility applies to the following categories of veterans:

  • Preference eligibles; and
  • Service personnel separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Read the President’s Executive Order for veteran employment.

Individuals with Disabilities

Honoring their commitment to an inclusive work environment, the US Coast Guard welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities. Disability employment applicants for Coast Guard jobs do not have to be current or former federal employees. Under the law, the Coast Guard will provide job accommodations and other related services to ensure meeting the needs for successful performance of persons with disabilities.

Find out how to apply for Coast Guard jobs using Schedule A.

Read the President’s Executive Order for employment for people with disabilities.