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Mission Conquered

The focus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy is to develop officer-ready leaders of character who embody Coast Guard values, who influence and inspire others, and who decide what is right and demonstrate the courage to act accordingly.

USCGA Mission

“To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts, and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, and with that high sense of honor, loyalty, and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well-grounded in seamanship, the sciences, and amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity.”



Future cadets are hardworking ordinary Americans who share one thing in common, the resolve to be worthy.

Our Process

Leader development at the Coast Guard Academy is intentional, collaborative and continuous. Our process includes several components:

Professional Development

Developing leaders and professionally ready officers is an integrated four-year process. The many components include: Curriculum, summer experiences, internships, simulation, career exploration weeks, speakers, and more.

Four Year Leadership Journey

Experiential and fully integrated with the professional development program, cadets’ leadership journeys are guided by a comprehensive curriculum, a dedicated team, and a culture of assessment.

Four Years At a Glance

The Corps of Cadets is largely a self-directed organization that follows a standard military chain of command.

Fourth Class Year

Fourth class cadets (freshmen) serve as followers, assimilating into the rigors of military life, while developing essential teamwork skills.

Third Class Year

third-class shieldThird class cadets (sophomores) serve as personal and professional mentors for 4th class cadets.

Second Class Year

second class shieldSecond class cadets (juniors) serve as Assistant Division Officers, mentoring, leading and supervising third and fourth class cadets.

First Class Year

first class shieldFirst class cadets (seniors) serve as leaders of the corps, as Regimental Staff Officers, Company Commanders, Department Heads, and Division Officers.

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