Mission Support

The Coast Guard is Semper Paratus, "Always Ready" and we are committed to current and future readiness. We seek the best people, modern technology, resilient infrastructure and capable assets to meet the nation's needs. Every active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary member plays an integral role in mission execution.

Active Duty: 40,992

Reserve: 7,000

Civilian: 8,577

Auxiliary: 31,000

Total Workforce: 87,569
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James transits the Atlantic Ocean March 29, 2017.  Cutter James is the Coast Guard's 5th National Security Cutter, the largest and most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake/Released)
The term “cutter” identifies a Coast Guard vessel 65 feet in length or greater, with accommodations for a crew to live aboard.

Coast Guard Auxiliary member Dorothy Neiman, with Flotilla 23-03 from Annapolis, Md., greets a passing Coast Guard vessel providing security for an air show during fleet week, Baltimore, Md., Oct. 16, 2016. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
Coast Guard vessels under 65 feet in length are classified as boats and usually operate near shore, on inland waterways, or attached to cutters.

The Coast Guard operates 202 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft – airplanes and helicopters – to support its work as a law enforcement arm, a military service branch, and a seafaring service