Job Description: Operations specialists (OS) perform a central role in the execution of nearly all Coast Guard operations as the eyes, ears and voice of the Coast Guard for the maritime community.  The OS  is the tactical, command, control and communications rating.  OSs perform functions ranging from search and rescue or law enforcement case execution, to, combat information center operations or intelligence gathering.  OSs operate the most advanced tactical computer systems the Coast Guard has, to include satellite communications, global positions navigation, electronic charting, shipboard navigation systems, and real-time target acquisition tracking and identification systems.  An OS will perform advanced operational planning applications, intelligence coordination and case management functions.

  • Branch Branch: Coast Guard
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: OS
  • Average Required Test Average Salary: $43,397
  • 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
1,746 Number Employed
Average Age
9.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Professionalism

Cons: Unit needs money for upgrades

Location: Alameda, CA


A typical work day depended on what type of unit I worked at. At a command center, I would field calls from the public on distressed mariners or law enforcement needs. On a Cutter, we were underway for months at a time and worked around the clock shifts to conduct search and rescue and law enforcement missions. I learned that I am very resilient person and that I can adapted to almost any situation. I also learned how to manage other people in a high stress environment. In the Coast Guard, you meet a lot of different type of people and personalities, so for the most part, my co-workers were enjoyable to work with and most of them I keep in contact with as friends. The hardest part of my job, is one ever I had to leave my family for long periods of time. The most enjoyable would be the travel I got to do around the country.