Job Description: A boatswain’s mate (BM) is the most versatile member of the Coast Guard’s operational team, and a master of seamanship. BMs are capable of performing almost any task in connection with deck maintenance, small boat operations, navigation, and supervising all personnel assigned to a ship’s deck force or shore unit. BMs are in charge of the newest Coast Guard small boats while conducting search and rescue, aids to navigation, law enforcement and security operations.  BMs operate hoists, cranes, and winches to load cargo or set gangplanks, stand watch for security, navigation, or communications, and have a general knowledge of ropes and cables, including different uses, stresses, strains, and proper stowing.

  • Branch Branch: Coast Guard
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: BM
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $42,916
  • 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: Deck & Ordinance
Average Age
33 Average Age
Average Age
4,869 Number Employed
Average Age
10.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Great place to work.

Cons: None

Location: Ilwaco, WA


Respond to Search and rescue cases as a qualified boat crew member. Conduct post search and rescue boarding’s to check for vessel violation as a boarding team member. Answer/monitor stations phones and radios for mariners in distress as well as conduct regular front desk transfers and message taking as a communications watch stander.