The Coast Guard has several Officer Programs available including, College Student Pre-Commissioning Program (CSPI), Officer Candidate School, Direct Commission Programs, Selected Reserve Direct Commission Program, Coast Guard Academy, and Pre-Commissioning For Enlisted Personnel (PPEP).
Coast Guard Academy – At the Academy you are offered an integrated life experience that emphasizes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership. After graduation, you’ll go directly to positions of leadership.
College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (Scholarship Program) – CSPI provides college sophomores and juniors with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and training.
Officer Candidate School – OCS is a rigorous course of instruction that prepares candidates to serve effectively as officers in the Coast Guard. OCS also provides a wide range of highly technical information necessary for performing the duties of a Coast Guard officer.
Direct Commission Programs – If you’re a professional lawyer, aviator, engineer, environmental specialist, maritime academy graduate or former military officer, you can become an officer in the Coast Guard without attending OCS or boot camp.
Maritime Academy Graduate – Maritime Academy Graduates have education and training that enhances the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out its operational missions. Individuals selected will serve as a Coast Guard Reserve Officer on full-time active duty.
Pre-Commissioning Program For Enlisted Personnel – PPEP allows selected enlisted personnel to attend college full-time for one or two years. Upon graduation, you will attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). Graduates of OCS receive a Commission in the Coast Guard at the rank of Ensign.
Blue 21 Flight Initiative – You’ll get the opportunity to become a Coast Guard aviator through completion of Officer Candidate School, with a guarantee of an assignment to flight training.