The enlistment process is completed at the applicant’s local Military Enlistment Processing Station and through the local Coast Guard Recruiter. All persons entering the Coast Guard Band enlist at the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class (pay grade E-6) for a four year enlistment. Band members receive all pay and benefits commensurate with that rank. They are also subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the rules and articles governing the discipline of the U.S. Armed Forces.
New band members are not required to undergo the eight week basic training program. The Coast Guard Band is one of only two U.S. military bands that do not require basic training. Following enlistment, new members report directly to New London, Connecticut. After reporting to the Coast Guard Academy, new members are sent to Cape May, NJ for a two week indoctrination program. This program is set up to introduce new band members to the life and culture of the US Coast Guard. They will attend classes that focus on military history, tradition and etiquette. After returning to New London, all band members participate in an ongoing process of instruction which gives each musician essential knowledge about his or her role in the United States Coast Guard.
For further enlistement and training information contact:Chief Musician Gino Villarreal