When you finish preparing your application, you'll put all the required papers in a standard light green two-part pronged folder, with a machine-printed label on it that has the following information, in capital letters
The contents of the folder are organized as specified on the check-off sheets you should have downloaded and used as a guide for completing your application.
These forms tell you exactly which documents you have to put into your application and where to put them. Note the last two words on the title of each form. Put the check-off sheet that has "Left Side" in the title on the left side of your folder with all the documents listed on it underneath and in the order listed on that sheet. The same goes for the check-off sheet that's got "Right Side" in the title.
Only include in your folder the documents that apply to you.
The Recruiting Command has created a PowerPoint presentation ("Officer Packages 101") describing how the final application folder is to be assembled. However, be aware that there are a number of items it says are required that you have no way to provide. This is because the presentation was created for recruiters (who insert these items), not for applicants.
Attention to detail, the ability to follow directions, and ability to figure things out on your own are absolute musts for officers. They are also things your CO, the interview board members, and Coast Guard Recruiting Command look for in a potential officer.