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COMDTINST M1100.2G Coast Guard Recruiting Manual (18 AUG 2021)

COMDTINST M1100.2F Coast Guard Recruiting Manual (18 AUG 2021) (822 KB)

Comments: The Coast Guard Recruiting Manual, COMDTINST M1100.2E, is now available online.

No one has been prevented from getting discharged from the DEP, has been ordered to active duty or has been prosecuted for not reporting for active duty since at least the 1970s (according to Rod Powers,


Highlights from the recruiting regulation:

5.E.2.a. Involuntary Discharge
A DEP recruit will be involuntarily discharged from the DEP if he or she:
(1) Reaches the 365-day maximum DEP enlistment period.
(2) Fails to report for enlistment in the Coast Guard.
(3) Becomes permanently disqualified for enlistment in the Coast Guard.

COMDTINST M1100.2F Coast Guard Recruiting Manual

2.C.1. The Standard
Recruiters shall maintain the highest standards of conduct and professionalism with
all leads, prospects, and applicants during all phases of the recruiting process.
Recruiters shall, at all times, treat leads, prospects, and applicants with courtesy,
respect, and honesty. Any actual or perceived abuse of a recruiter’s position erodes
respect for military authority and is prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the
Coast Guard


2.D.1. Privacy Act
In accordance with Reference (m), the Privacy Act of 1974 (Title 5, United States
Code, Section 552a), recruiters are required to do the following:
a. Inform people from whom information is collected of the information uses and
the authority under which it is being gathered.
b. Not use or disclose information provided in any manner unknown to the person
c. Ensure that all applicants for entry into the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve
read the Privacy Act Statement and thoroughly understand the provisions therein,
prior to the processing phase.
d. Have prior-service applicants complete and sign a Privacy Act Release Form
authorizing the release of military service information and documents to the
Coast Guard Pay and Personnel Center (CG PPC) so that proper creditable
service and sea time can be established.
2.D.2. Sexual Orientation
The Department of Homeland Security considers a person’s sexual orientation or
sexual identity, distinct from gender identity, a personal and private matter. Sexual
orientation is not a bar to enlistment or appointment.
2.D.3. Separation Pay
The receipt of separation pay is not a barrier to the accession of prior-service
applicants. The Government will recoup the separation pay if the member
subsequently qualifies to receive retired pay. See also 10 U.S.C. § 1174 and Section
10.H. of Reference (n), Coast Guard Pay Manual, COMDTINST M7220.29 (series),
for information on separation pay and the requirement to enter into a Reserve service
obligation as a condition of receiving separation pay.
2.D.4. Other Rights
Every applicant shall be advised of the following additional rights:
a. The right to an environment free from discrimination and harassment.
b. The right to report, without fear of reprisal, any improper or immoral behavior
by Coast Guard recruiters, other Coast Guard members, Department of
Homeland Security employees, or Department of Defense members.
c. If denied entry into the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve, the right to a clear
explanation for the denial.
2.E.1. High School (Secondary Education) Students
The Coast Guard Recruiting Program must strive for voluntary cooperation with
education officials in order to attract a high-quality cross-section of youth to military
service (see also Reference (o), Use of Directory Information on Secondary School
Students for Military Recruiting Purposes, DoDI 1304.24). Students in secondary
schools shall be encouraged to graduate. Therefore, discussions with high school
students regarding an active duty enlistment must be limited to post-graduation
opportunities. However, Coast Guard Reserve programs and a Reserve enlistment are
pre-graduation opportunities that may be discussed with secondary school students.
2.E.2. Prior-Service and Current Active Duty or Reserve Personnel
2.E.2.a. Prior-Service Applicants
Prior-service individuals are considered new accessions to the Coast Guard or Coast
Guard Reserve. The accession of a prior-service applicant, then, is an enlistment or
appointment, vice a reenlistment or re-appointment. Consequently, prior-service
applicants must meet all of the basic standards and requirements to be eligible for
accession in the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Reserve