In Service of Country and Humanity
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.
“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.”
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 cadets (freshmen) serve as followers, assimilating into the rigors of military life, while developing essential teamwork skills.
Third class cadets (sophomores) serve as personal and professional mentors for 4th class cadets.
Second class cadets (juniors) serve as Assistant Division Officers, mentoring, leading and supervising third and fourth class cadets.
First class cadets (seniors) serve as leaders of the corps, as Regimental Staff Officers, Company Commanders, Department Heads, and Division Officers.