No Rank

Coast Guard Seaman Recruit

E-1 Seaman, U.S. Coast Guard
(Next) E-2 SACoast Guard Seaman Apprentice
Seaman Apprentice

Coast Guard Ranks » Seaman Recruit RankSR PaySR Rank History

Rank badge of a Seaman Recruit E-1 Seaman Recruit - U.S. Coast Guard Ranks

Coast Guard Seaman Recruit
Coast Guard E-1 Seaman Recruit Coast Guard Military Ranks
Class Seaman
Abbr. SR
Title Seaman (last name)
Paygrade E-1 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-1 (NATO Code)
Basic Pay $2,017/mo

Seaman Recruit, previously known as Seaman Third Class, is the entry-level rank in the United States Coast Guard. Unlike their Navy counterparts who wear no insignia, Seaman Recruits in the Coast Guard wear a single bar insignia on a blue background on their dress uniform.

While recruits in the Navy have a full title including their occupation (Fireman, Machinist, etc), all Seaman Recruits in the Coast Guard are referred to as "Seaman Recruit" with no variation for their job or specialty. Often. Coast Guard recruits will choose their specialty after enlisting i the Coast Guard at this rank.

Seaman Recruit is the 1st rank in the United States Coast Guard . A seaman recruit is a Seaman at DoD paygrade E-1, with a starting monthly pay of $2,017.

How do you become a Seaman Recruit?

No experience is required to enlist in the Coast Guard. General requirements are that the recruit must be a US citizen or Resident Alien, aged between 17 and 27, with a High School diploma, and no more than two dependents. He or she must have passed the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test, and a military entrance medical exam.

What is the proper way to address a Seaman Recruit?

The correct way to address a Seaman Recruit named Mr. Miller is "Seaman Miller", or written as SR Miller. In formal situations, a Seaman Recruit should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Seaman Recruit earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Seaman Recruit with 2 or less years of experience is $2,017.20 per month.

A Seaman Recruit receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years. Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Seaman Recruit's final compensation package.

In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Coast Guard Seaman Recruit may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including retirement benefits, education allowance, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Coast Guard's Seaman Recruit compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2024 Coast Guard Seaman Recruit Pay Chart. A full table of the Coast Guard's current paygrades are available at the Coast Guard Pay Chart.

Patch of a Seaman Recruit Equivalent Ranks to the Coast Guard's E-1 Seaman Recruit

Air Force Airman Basic - Equivalent to Seaman Recruit
Air Force
Airman Basic
Marine Corps Private - Equivalent to Seaman Recruit
Marine Corps

To learn more about the Coast Guard's rank structure, see our complete list of Coast Guard ranks.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Seaman Recruit is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, see this Coast Guard rank to GS grade conversion table .

To see a list of military medals and decorations that can be earned by servicemembers in the Coast Guard and other branches of the military, see our list of military decorations and medals.