A Ride with the Coast Guard Reserve

January 7, 2020 posted by

As a reservist assigned to a small boat station, I support primarily two missions, the first being search and rescue,
and the second being maritime law enforcement. The execution of those missions involve
getting underway on a small boat. The Coast Guard is unique in the sense that the reservists actually work hand-in-hand with the active-duty counterparts, so we actually get to do the same mission.
Like today, I’m the boat coxswain, and I’m also a boarding officer. We have that
benefit of being able to do the same mission, which really sets us apart. It’s pretty nice
because I can come in and drill two days a month and do this mission and then go home and
do my civilian job during the week. So it’s a really nice balance. So typically out here on the Potomac, we’ll go out and do recreational boater safety, which involves checking life jackets, fire extinguishers and other important statutes
that pertain to boater safety. So right now, we’re mission-ready for both
search and rescue and maritime law enforcement. As an individual, I really enjoy getting underway. The fact that I’m getting paid to drive
a boat and to save lives and to also enforce federal law is a great privilege. The highlight of my career in the Coast Guard
Reserve has been being able to obtain both the boat coxswain certification as well as the maritime
law enforcement boarding officer certification. I’m able to basically choose the job that I want
to do when I come in, whether I’m the designated boat coxswain or the
designated boarding officer, to go out and execute a particular mission. To pilot a very nice Coast Guard boat to do search and rescue and maritime law enforcement,the
fact that I get to be a federal law enforcement officer certainly complements my civilian job. It gives
me a different perspective on things.


7 Replies to “A Ride with the Coast Guard Reserve”

  1. furenaef says:

    will be joining soon!

  2. Brian Ordonez says:

    So he is a boatswain's mate?
    Or what??

  3. Blue Marshall says:

    What's the Difference in the Coast Guard Reservist and the Auxiliary.

  4. Jonah King says:

    I hope to join the Coast Guard reserve someday!

  5. Anthony Greico says:

    Ok I have important question. I am thinking of joining the reserves as an officer through the direct entry education program. Please tell me something. How often are you home off duty and how often are you deployed to another state?

  6. JustinSTeam2 says:


  7. Jonny Football says:

    Hi do you know what the minimum contract is for the coast guard reserve, do they offer four year contracts?

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