Job Description: Trained to operate in a variety of maritime environments, ASTs are highly conditioned rescue and survival experts, as well as highly capable aviation life support equipment technicians.  While serving as Helicopter Rescue Swimmers, ASTs may find themselves deployed into a myriad of challenging scenarios ranging from hurricanes and cliff rescues to emergency medical evacuations from ships at sea.  Whether in Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, or any of the many Coast Guard Air Stations within the continental United States, ASTs train year-round to prepare mentally and physically for the challenges they may face as Helicopter Rescue Swimmers.

  • Branch Branch: Coast Guard
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: AST
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $43,086
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB:
  • Degree Degree: High School
  • Age Age: 17-31
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Aviation
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33 Average Age
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364 Number Employed
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11.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Fun, exciting, everyday is different.

Cons: Required to work some weekends

Location: San Pedro, CA


Exciting job! You get to rescue people, catch drug runners, fly in planes and drive boats for a living. Unlike most other branches, you also get to pick the job you want, instead of the recruiter or management.