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International Cadets at the Coast Guard Academy

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time, those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations:

  • Polar climate change
  • Protection of ocean resources
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational crime
  • Large-scale human migration
  • Disaster response and recovery

Young people who are citizens of nations other than the United States, who seek leadership roles in their own country, are invited to apply for admission to the Coast Guard Academy. The Congress of the United States has authorized 36 such positions.

Special Responsibility

Representing one’s country at a U.S. military academy is a special responsibility that brings immense pride and professional reward. The Academy recognizes the importance of this commitment and provides exceptional resources to support international cadets. Underscoring this responsibility, a senior leader from your country normally travels to the United States to present your commission during graduation.

International cadets are subject to the same rules, regulations and pay as U.S. cadets, earn a Bachelor of Science degree upon graduation and serve their own country for at least five years. Service assignments are made by each international cadet’s home country.

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