Yes. USCG background checks can be quite extensive, depending on the position you’re applying for. They do offer jobs that require no more than a basic search, but there are some that can go as deep as requiring Security Clearance. Keep in mind that, even if your record has been expunged, the government can still see it. So don’t lie, because they will know.
Here are some things to keep in mind regarding background checks:
Only offenses less than seven years old will be seen by these states:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
(*certain pay or salary bracket positions require a screening.)
These states will see only guilty convictions:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Unfortunately, the majority of the states will still see everything. These include:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
We wanted to know what people had to say about working for the USCG, so we looked at glassdoor.com to find out.
The USCG was rated 4.3 out of 5 stars. They’re praised for their stability, room for advancement and excellent benefits such as: Cheap health insurance, 30 days paid vacation and cost of living allowance. The complaints noted were the terrible commutes, the leadership and that the work can be frustrating.
What felonies the US Coast Guard will not hire
They didn’t tell us for sure, but we used our research to make some suggestions for records that might be particularly hard to overcome.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
We already know that there will be some convictions that will have a difficult time getting their foot in the door. Here are a few we think the USCG will not overlook:
Any trafficking of illegal drugs or crimes including dependency on alcohol or drugs. The USCG is very strict and they made it very clear that these particular crimes won’t be granted a waiver unless previously in service — and even then it’s iffy.
Sexual or violent crimes may also have an equally hard time. It will depend on the situation and charge.
Does the US Coast Guard hire sex offenders?
They didn’t tell us, but sex offenses tend to be harder than most other felonies to get past in the job search.
Does the US Coast Guard drug test?
Yes, you can expect a drug test.
Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!
What can you tell us about how to get hired at The United States Coast Guard with a felony? Any insight you can provide will be appreciated!
If you’re not sure the Coast Guard is for you, try another branch: