Coast Guard

Coast Guard Lateral Entry Program

SOWELA has a Lateral Entry Program with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). This enables SOWELA graduates in specific programs to directly enlist into the USCG or USCG Reserve at a higher rank and pay. As part of the program, eligible SOWELA graduates can also bypass USCG technical training due to their degree credential.

Eligible Programs

Approved lateral entry programs for SOWELA graduates into the USCG or USCG Reserve include:

  • Culinary Arts as Culinary Specialists (CS)
  • Industrial Electrical Technology as Electrician's Mates (EM)
  • Nursing as Health Services Technicians (HS)
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Technology as Machinery Technicians (MK)

Enlistment Process

A production recruiter screens SOWELA students in these mission-critical areas who express interest to ensure they meet all enlistment criteria. Once the applicant is deemed fully qualified, they can enlist as a Petty Officer Third Class or Petty Officer Second Class, attend initial military training, and then graduate at an advanced pay grade and head off to their first duty assignment.

Learn more and click the button below to connect with a USCG recruiter.

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