Understanding Military Rank Series: Coast Guard Ranks

Understanding Military Rank Series: Coast Guard Ranks

Welcome to Empire Resume’s six-part mini-series on understanding military rank, where we’re giving you the blueprint to rank for each branch of the military.

Today, we’re sharing the U.S. Coast Guard ranks and showing how they stack up to their civilian equivalent. Afterwards, we’ll briefly discuss what the Coast Guard is and what Coast Guard ranks are. Below is a chart containing each Coast Guard rank along with accompanying job titles in today’s workforce:

Understanding Military Rank Series: Coast Guard Ranks

What is the Coast Guard?

According to the official Coast Guard website, the Coast Guard serves as America’s maritime first responder with jurisdiction in domestic and international waters. As a part of U.S. Homeland Security, it protects our economic, national and border security.

Historically, the Coast Guard has been assigned to the Department of Treasury, Navy, and Transportation. It is comprised of the Active-Duty Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

What are Coast Guard Ranks?

If you saw our series on Navy Ranks, you’ll notice that the Coast Guard rank is the exact same as the Navy’s.

The U.S. Coast Guard uses a rank structure to identify Coast Guard members, known as Coasties, and reflect their levels of aptitude, training, experience, knowledge, skill, and responsibility. Rank is how Coasties progress in their military careers as well.

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Understanding Military Rank Series: Coast Guard Ranks

At Empire Resume, it is our hope this quick, easy, and shareable reference will help military veterans change their approach when translating rank into the civilian terms, and that it’ll help civilians better understand what each Coast Guard rank means and how to apply it to employment opportunities.

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Dr. Phillip Gold is President/CEO of Empire Resume and has vast experience writing resumes for service-members transitioning from the military into civilian roles. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force responsible for leading nuclear missile security. Phillip is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and holds a BA in Communications from The Ohio State University, an MS in Instructional Technology, an MBA in Finance, and a PhD in Finance.

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