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My Coast Guard
Commentary | March 7, 2024

Coast Guard hires military spouses

By AJ Pulkkinen, MyCG Team writer

In 2023, the Coast Guard used the non-competitive hiring authority to hire 24 military spouses — more than any other component in the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard accounted for 35% of all DHS hires using this authority in 2023.

Recent changes to the special hiring authority increased the eligible candidate pool. Previously, eligibility for this hiring authority was restricted to those who were relocating with their military spouse. Congress recently removed that stipulation, opening the non-competitive hiring authority to all spouses.  

If you are a hiring official for the Coast Guard, consider using the Military Spouse Non-Competitive Hiring Authority to recruit military spouses. Talk with your servicing Human Resource Specialist to discuss this alternative hiring path. 

Military spouses considered under this authority, of course, need to meet qualification requirements. According to Hiring our Heroes, military spouses are an incredible source of candidates as they “are more highly educated than the average American” and “have high levels of cultural sensitivity and awareness.”  

If you are a military spouse interested in working for the Coast Guard, check out these current postings on USAJobs. As Coast Guard civilians work in over 200 different career fields, there’s a spot for you! Check out the benefits and possibilities here

For additional details on the Military Spouse Hiring Authority and other hiring information, please email the Coast Guard Civilian Recruiting Team at and follow them on LinkedIn at