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My Coast Guard
Commentary | July 25, 2023

You could be a company commander

By AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG staff writer

The Coast Guard is looking for the next wave of recruit company commanders (CCs) to help shape the future workforce. If you are E-5 to E-7 (including E-4s above the cut), consider challenging yourself in this unique and rewarding position. Submit your application by Aug. 25.  

Training Center Cape May will have 30 CC billets to fill in assignment year 2024, and they are hoping to foster a robust and diverse candidate pool. They are pulling out all stops to try to find the best of the best for these influential positions.  

For those thinking about applying, check out this video which addresses common myths about life as a CC.  

Get it straight from the horse’s mouth on what it’s really like. Current CCs and Regimental Leadership hosts virtual roadshows at 1 p.m. EDT every Wednesday this summer for anyone interested in applying.  

If you have more questions or are interested in hosting a one-on-one, group or Chiefs’ Mess briefing to learn more, send an email to current members of the Regiment. 

Know someone who would be a great CC? The Company Commanders Association will send a free CC challenge coin to you so you can recognize a shipmate for being an excellent CC candidate and encourage them to apply. To receive a coin, contact with the unit address and member who will be recognized.   

Think you know what it’s like to be a CC?

Here are some tidbits from current CCs: 

“I wanted to be a CC to get outside of my comfort zone. I was not overly confident, but being a CC helped develop my confidence. I wanted a leadership opportunity that my rating does not really offer until I make E7.” 

“This is the hardest job I’ve ever done, but there’s also no place I’d rather be. I get to give others a sense of pride and purpose. I get to be the person some of them can look up to when they’ve never had someone to look up to before, much like I never had someone to look up to before the Coast Guard. It’s about so much more than the points, the pay and the priority. The benefits go well beyond any of that. It is impossible to put into words what it feels like to change someone’s life, so maybe you should come find out for yourself.”