Find Nueces County Texas Coast Guard (USCG) and Auxiliary Coast Guard bases, locations and facilities. The US Coast Guard provides information on the Coast Guard Academy, requirements for joining/recruiting, boot camp, training, jobs, salary and pay scale for careers in the Coast Guard or auxiliary/reserve forces.
The Nueces County Coast Guard is a station of the United States Coast Guard, which is one of the five service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces in Nueces County, TX. The Coast Guard's multiple missions extend beyond a purely military role to span law enforcement, search and rescue, and regulatory functions. The Coast Guard operates as a part of the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime. During war, it can be transferred to the Department of the Navy.You may contact the Coast Guard for questions about:
The Nueces County Coast Guard operates recruiting centers where individuals can apply to join as active service or reserve members. The Nueces County Coast Guard recruiter can provide more information, but requirements for joining the Coast Guard include applicants being between the ages of 17-32 years of age (17 with parental consent, and up to 40 years of age as a reservist), U.S. citizens or resident aliens, have a high school diploma or GED, have no more than three dependents, pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test, and pass a military medical exam.Coast Guard Operations
The Coast Guard operates search and rescue facilities on the east, west, and Gulf coasts, off Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and in the Great Lakes and other inland waterways, including those in Nueces County, Texas. The search and rescue operation helps Texas boaters in distress, and it is one of the Coast Guard's oldest missions. Nueces County Coast Guard members further promote maritime safety through licensing mariners and inspecting merchant vessels, offshore drilling units, and marine facilities.Marine Navigation Safety
The Coast Guard also provides navigation assistance through a network of signs, symbols, buoys, markers, and lighthouses. In locations with seasonal icy waters, the Coast Guard operates heavy icebreakers, ensuring safe passage for commercial traffic as well as for emergency situations. The Marine Environmental Protection program is a regulatory function of the Coast Guard aimed at preventing a range of environmental threats, including invasive species, ocean dumping, and oil and chemical spills.Marine Law Enforcement
The Coast Guard has substantial law enforcement authority. This authority is directed primarily toward preventing the entry of smuggled drugs and the passage of illegal migrants into the country. The Coast Guard also protects the health of U.S. fisheries by preventing illegal fishing. The Coast Guard's law enforcement efforts support its responsibility for the safety of Nueces County ports and waterways, which includes counter-terrorism preparedness and response.National Defense
As an Armed Forces branch, the Coast Guard maintains defense readiness with four national defense missions. These include maritime intercept operations, port security and defense, peacetime engagement, and environmental defense operations. The Coast Guard carries out its multiple missions with 40,000 active duty personnel and 35,000 auxiliary personnel, including those recruited in Nueces County. An additional 8,000 serve as reservists.