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U.S. Coast Guard Members: Opportunities with International Affairs

The United States Coast Guard both assigns and deploys our members around the globe. If you are in the Coast Guard and looking for more information on International Affairs, we invite you to connect via If you already have orders to an overseas assignment, please contact CG-DCO-I to enroll in pre-deployment trainings.

If you are serving in an assignment where you are required to travel internationally or you have received permanent change of station orders overseas (OCONUS), you may require an official passport. If you need additional information on obtaining an official passport, please contact:

Check out Director Cataldo’s 1MC podcast episode with MCPOCG Vanderhaden, where they discussed the integral role Coast Guard members have in the global maritime domain.


Educational Opportunities for Uniformed Members of the Coast Guard

Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) - One-year fellowship in Honolulu, HI at the Daniel K. Inouye APCSS offers an exceptional, immersive learning experience in Asia-Pacific studies. The fellow will infuse awareness of Coast Guard missions and culture into the programs at the DKI-APCSS, create a network of regional contacts, and help grow the Service’s regional political-military perspective about Indo-Pacific affairs.

International Affairs Policy – One-year Master’s Degree program available through several top-tier institutions Graduates will typically have follow-on assignments abroad, representing the USCG in highly sought-after program level and overseas billets.

Olmsted Scholar Program - Provides future leaders with an unsurpassed opportunity to achieve fluency in a foreign language, pursue graduate-level studies at an overseas university, and acquire an in-depth understanding of foreign cultures. Olmsted Scholars acquire regional expertise by studying and traveling overseas, and are required by the Coast Guard to earn a Liberal Arts Master's degree. Scholars and their families are expected to travel extensively through the Olmsted Foundation’s generous annual grant, taking in the different customs, behaviors, and attitudes around them.

Peace with Women Fellowship – a multi-week fellowship for senior female O5/O6 USCG officers which engages industry and defense leaders from across the globe and culminates at the International Security Forum in Halifax. (Direct questions to DCO-I Deputy for further information)

Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) – A DoD Command & Staff program, provides intermediate level education to military officers, interagency representatives (i.e. FEMA, FBI, CIA, DIA, State Department, etc.), and international military and law enforcement officers with the purpose of educating and developing leaders for full spectrum joint, interagency, and multi-national operations.

More information can be found at the OPM page: PG/Adv Ed Panels - Home (




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