This week's Coast Guard Q&A was answered by Fireman Jordan Akiyama.
Do men and women do the same kind of work? Are there jobs that women aren't allowed to do? There are no roles, jobs, rates or ranks in the Coast Guard that are closed to anyone based on their gender. Women are offered all of the same opportunities and training and are expected to perform with the same level of professionalism and dedication as male service members. Due to a lack of female berthing facilities, there are some cutters that do not have females aboard them at sea.
What career opportunities are available to enlisted members? The Coast Guard offers many career opportunities. These jobs are known as rates and fall into one of four categories.
The first is the Deck and Ordinance Group, which consists of maritime enforcement specialist, boatswain's mate, gunner's mate, operations specialist and intelligence specialist.
For those who enjoy more mechanics, there's the Hull and Engineering Group. These rates consist of damage controlman, electrician's mate, electronics technician, information system technician and machinery technician.
The Aviation Group has career opportunities for those interested in flight. Amongst those rates are avionics electrical technician, aviation maintenance technician and aviation survival technician.
The last group is for administrative and science. These rates include food service specialist, health service technician, marine science technician, public affairs specialist, storekeeper and yeoman.
For those who are interested in joining the Coast Guard Reserves, all these rates are open as well, including the rate of investigator.