Certain categories of personnel can enlist in the United States Coast Guard, and receive advanced paygrade status.
For the Rank of E-2:
- High School Diploma and two years of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
- Member of the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) who refers at least two people, who then enlist in the Coast Guard
- High School Diploma and member of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), who have achieved the rating of seaman apprentice, fireman apprentice, airman apprentice, constructionman apprentice or hospitalman apprentice
- 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of post-secondary (college) education at an accredited degree granting college or university listed in the AIPE* or NACES*
- Active and currently qualified as boat crew in the Coast Guard Auxiliary
- High School Diploma holders active and currently qualified as able seamen in the Sea Explorershttps://www.thebalancecareers.com/pros-cons-enlisting-in-coast-guard-4061204
- High School Diploma holders who are Eagle Scouts
For the Rank of E-3:
- High School Diploma and three years of JROTC
- Two years (four semesters) of college ROTC
- High School Diploma and member of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), who have achieved the rating of seaman, fireman, airman, constructionman or hospitalman
- Active and currently qualified as vessel operators or coxswains in the Coast Guard Auxiliary
- High School Diploma holders who are active and currently qualified as quartermasters in the Sea Explorers
*AIPE is the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education (AIPE) book published by the American Council on Education (ACE). NACES is the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Colleges and universities not listed (or are listed as “candidate” institutions) in the AIPE directory are not authorized for award of a higher education code or enlistment grade.