Question by  NutBucket (140)

Can I get in the Coast Guard with a GED?

I really want to apply but I am afraid they will not accept my GED


Answer by  nycgal (125)

According to their website, their minimum requirement is a high school diploma. However, they do mention that GEDs are accepted in special circumstances. This means that they are open to it if you have other qualifications that will vouch for your commitment. Talk to one of their recruiters, they can offer the best advice.


Answer by  bl834 (1317)

They'll accept a GED in "rare circumstances" only. However, a "whole person" evaluation is counted more strongly than any one type of test score. Your recruiter has to believe you're right for the Coast Guard, and looks for a whole host of traits. You also have to take an aptitude test (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and military medical exam.


Answer by  Liz59 (10966)

Well, you can try and see, but in general I don't think they accept the coast guard as a GED. Try and see what happens. Good luck with your application.


Answer by  Fleshj (403)

Yes and no. It all depends on what the current recruiting cycle is like. During economic downturns it is a longer shot. Best, go to the recruiter and ask!


Answer by  lalallalala (180)

The coast guard is no longer accepting applications form people with only a GED. You can go to community college for two years and receive an AA though.


Answer by  Darry (3853)

To get into the Coast Guard you must score at least a 50 on the ASVAB, this is refereed to as your Armed Forces Qualification Test score. The Coast Guard enlists less than 5% of its force with only a GED. You should try to complete some college, even an associate's degree would increase your chances of enlistment.


Answer by  flamiss22 (5081)

Getting a GED is the same as having a high school diploma so if you have achieved one and one of the requirements is a high school diploma then you can apply.


Answer by  JRossi17 (788)

They should have no problem accepting a ged into the coast guard, especially with the current need of people. Talk to a local recruiter and make sure but from the people i have talked to you will not have a problem.

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