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United States Coast Guard
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1 SEP 1999
COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 1120.1
Subj: COAST GUARD ACTIVE DUTY DIRECT PETTY OFFICER PROGRAM
Coast Guard Enlistment Bonus (EB) Program, COMDTINST 7220.40
(b) Coast Guard Active Duty College Fund Program, COMDTINST 1760.10
Coast Guard Recruiting Manual, COMDTINST M1100.2 (Series)
PURPOSE. This Instruction establishes the Coast Guard Active Duty Direct Petty Officer
Program to attract technically trained and qualified personnel to serve in the Coast Guard as
junior petty officers.
ACTION. Area and district commanders, commanders of maintenance and logistics
commands, commanding officers of headquarters units, assistant commandants for
directorates, Chief Counsel, and special staff offices at Headquarters shall ensure compliance
with the provisions of this Instruction.
DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. None.
DISCUSSION. By soliciting graduates of selected trade, vocational, or other apprentice-
level schools, the Coast Guard will attract technically proficient personnel who will serve as
Petty Officers Third Class (E-4) after attending Recruit Training. This program is primarily
designed to attract personnel directly into targeted ratings. For the purposes of this
Instruction, targeted ratings are ratings whose anticipated fiscal year Class "A" school need is
above the Class "A" school capacity. However, the program can include any rating for which
a Service need exists. The program will be evaluated after initial implementation to ensure it