Job Description: Carrying on a tradition established in 1797, the gunner’s mate (GM) is one of the oldest ratings in the Coast Guard.  GMs work with all types of ordnance, from 9mm small arms to ship board 76mm cannons. As a GM, you will be responsible for training personnel in proper handling of weapons, ammunition, and pyrotechnics. Additionally, GMs receive training in electronics, mechanical systems and hydraulics. They are responsible for performing maintenance on all ordnance/gunnery equipment: mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic. 

  • Branch Branch: Coast Guard
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: GM
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $42,345
  • 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
32 Average Age
Average Age
645 Number Employed
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10.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Pay for performance, education benefits, camaraderie, saving life and property, new things everyday.

Cons: Hours can be long and you are subject to relocation.

Location: Hawaii


This is not your 9-5 desk jockey job. You will be challenged emotionally and physically. You will learn what honor, respect, devotion and personal integrity really mean, which may be the biggest perk of serving your country. You will learn leadership skills and the importance of sacrificing your time for the needs of others. You will be held responsible for tasks and outcomes and also be rewarded for achieving them. You will be challenged daily, but you’ll feel good about yourself knowing that you’re serving more than just yourself.