U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Able Seaman

U.S. Coast Guard Career Guide

Able Seaman


Citizenship Requirements
Must have U.S. Citizenship OR be an alien admitted for permanent

Minimum Age Required
18 years

Medical Certificate Requirements

  • Original – Must hold a valid Medical Certificate or be approved for Medical Certificate.
  • Renewal, ROG, New Endorsement – Must hold an unexpired Medical Certificate or submit a Medical Certificate application.

Drug Testing Requirement
Must be Drug testing compliant.
(Note: Only required for first AB endorsement unless also renewing.)

Fee Requirement
Mariner Fees must be paid


  • Course completion certificate in lieu of Coast Guard examination
  • Examination

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