Career in Coast Guard

If you are interested in making a career in coast guard, you need to know that the role of the coast guard is to protect India's ocean and offshore wealth including oil, fish and minerals. The Coast Guards are responsible for the security of the oilrigs and to ensure that no illegal mining or fishing is carried out in Indian waters. 

Students who are planning to make a career in coast guard should be aware of the fact that the coast guards enforce the maritime laws and assist the customs and police forces in apprehending smugglers at sea. Vessels plying on Indian waters report their position at least twice a day to the nearest coastguard vessel. Apart from their regular duties, the coast guard also conducts various tests like checking the pollution level and marine life.

If you are planning for a career in coast guard, you also need to know that during  peacetime the Coast Guards supervise and conduct round-the-clock surveillance of India's waters upto 200 nautical miles into the sea. There are also a number of smaller duties such as helping boats that are lost at sea, warning other vessels during bad weather, etc. 

Students who are interested in making a career in coast guard should know that The Indian Coast Guard is the National Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordinating Authority for executing and coordinating search and rescue missions. This is done using multi-mission stations located along the coastline, Coast Guard ships and Coast Guard aircraft all of which are linked by an extensive communication network.

Those who are planning for a career in coast guard should be aware of the following branches of The Coast Guards

* General Duty Branch

* General Duty Branch (Pilot/ Navigator) 

* Technical Branch

General Duty Branch

This is the operational branch of the Coast Guard. As a General Duty Officer you will operate weapons and sensors and perform the command function, which demands a wide sphere of knowledge of your equipment. The safety of your ship and men, the maneuver of your ships will be your responsibility.

General Duty Branch (Pilot/ Navigator) 

This branch operates aircraft like the Dornier from air stations for surveillance purposes. In addition, helicopters also operate from Coast Guard Vessels to provide local surveillance and perform search and rescue missions at sea. You will pilot and navigate these aircrafts day and night and in all weather conditions. 

Technical Branch

Modern ships and aircrafts are equipped with advanced technology and machinery. In the technical branch, you will be responsible for the up keep all these equipments. You can also work on shore jobs in Coast Guard repair organizations.

As a Coast Guard, you will be on the ship most of the time. When you are not busy chasing criminals or saving lives you will be catching up with a lot of paper work. This is only until the time you get some information about a criminal activity on Indian waters.

To make a career in coast guard, you need to have the following requirements.

  •  Science students with physics and mathematics as major subjects
  • Normal vision
  • Required height

Besides, one should have the zeal to serve the nation and protect the nation from enemies. If you have all these qualities, a career in coast guard will be the right career for you.