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Coast Guard Ensign

O-2 Junior Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
No rank
Coast Guard Ensign
Coast Guard Ensign
Coast Guard O-1 Ensign

Class Junior Officer
Abbr. ENS
Title Ensign (last name)
Paygrade O-1 (DoD Paygrade)
OF-1 (NATO Code)
Salary $2784.00/mo

What is a Ensign?

Ensign is the most junior commissioned officer's rank in the U.S. Coast Guard, and is equivilent to the rank of Second Lieutenant in the other armed services. Ensigns generally serve on Coast Guard vessels as division officers, which are responsible for leading a crew of seamen and petty officers in a specific division like engineering or administration. As junior officers, Ensigns also engage in on-the-job training and receive mentoring and training from superior officers and experienced petty officers.

Sailors may receive a commission as Ensign after successfully completing Naval Officer Training, and sailors joining with a four-year college degree may be eligible to enter the Coast Guard directly at the rank of Ensign. Various programs within the Coast Guard exist to help recruit and train Officer Candidates from the enlisted ranks.

Newly-commissioned Ensigns may be stationed directly on a ship after training, or they may continue with one or more years of specialty training depending on the current need for officers and their chosen career path.

Ensign is the 17th rank in the United States Coast Guard, ranking above Ensign. A ensign is a Junior Officer at DoD paygrade O-1, with a starting monthly pay of $2784.00.

How do you become a Ensign?

A Ensign is most often promoted from Ensign (ENS), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Ensign?

The correct way to address a Ensign named Mr. Gutierrez is "Ensign Gutierrez", or written as ENS Gutierrez. In formal situations, a Ensign should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Ensign earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Ensign with no years of experience is $2,784.00 per month. A Ensign receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Ensign's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Coast Guard Ensign may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including food allowance, hazard pay, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Coast Guard's Ensign compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Coast Guard Ensign Pay Chart. A full table of the Coast Guard's current paygrades are available at the Coast Guard Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Ensign is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

Equivalent Ranks

Air Force Second Lieutenant - Equivalent to Ensign
Air Force
Second Lieutenant
Army Second Lieutenant - Equivalent to Ensign
Second Lieutenant
Coast Guard Ensign - Equivalent to Ensign
Coast Guard
Marine Corps Second Lieutenant - Equivalent to Ensign
Marine Corps
Second Lieutenant
Navy Ensign - Equivalent to Ensign