“How do we recruit, train, assign and retain talented personnel?” RDML Andersen, who is Assistant Commandant for Coast Guard Intelligence, posed this challenge to his USCG staffing colleagues. RDML Andersen’s boss saddled him with an ambitious goal for USCG intelligence-driven operations: Provide God-like omniscience.
RDML Andersen is aggressively trying to do just that with USCG intelligence division, which is staffed by roughly 1,200 professionals.
However, clearance-holders might have overlooked USCG opportunities in the past.
The Coast Guard is a relatively new member of the intelligence community (“IC”). While USCG has maintained an intelligence component since its inception in 1790, it only joined the official “IC” 14 years ago after Sept. 11th, 2001.
Likewise, many don’t know the U.S. Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security—not the Department of Defense. However, the USCG includes over 7,000 civilians working in over 200 types of positions.
However, “Security clearances are required in a variety of jobs in the Coast Guard, not just the intelligence field,” adds the Coast Guard’s Chad Saylor.
For the complete listing of current USCG job openings, see Current USCG Civilian Career Opportunities
WATCH RDML Steven Andersen, USCG describe the agency’s mission and opportunities: