Job Description: A damage controlman (DC) assigned to cutters is responsible for watertight integrity, emergency equipment associated with firefighting and flooding, plumbing repairs, welding fabrication and repairs, chemical, biological and nuclear-warfare detection, and decontamination.

  • Branch Branch: Coast Guard
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: DC
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $41,805
  • 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: Hull and Engineering
Average Age
32 Average Age
Average Age
847 Number Employed
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10.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: World travel, sense of accomplishment.

Cons: Being away from family for weeks, months, even years.

Location: Highlands, NJ


A typical day may consist of a schedule that could start, depending on type of unit and job, starting at 6:30am-8:00am and will usually end, again depending on unit and job, at 1:00pm-4:00pm. Dependent on your rate(trade) or rank, you would be required to stand overnight duty for facilities or security watch. The Coast Guard is the smallest branch of the United States military. I believe that we are one of the hardest working branch by carrying out equal responsibility using far less members. The most enjoyable part of my job, is seeing the results of the latest project bring satisfaction to others.