OS – Operations Specialist
Operations specialists have assignments throughout the Coast Guard, serving primarily at command centers and aboard large cutters around the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The most common OS entry-level positions are assigned to (NSC, 378’, 270’ and 210’ cutters), communications stations and sector command centers. An OS enhances and utilizes all skill sets aboard cutters, and apply their specialty knowledge in operational communication centers. OSs can expect to stand a majority of their career as a watch stander. Throughout their career, both afloat and ashore, an OS will participate in all aspects of operational planning and execution, working with decision makers and operators to accomplish Coast Guard missions 24 hours a day.